Bootcamp Day 32 (Delayed) — Frank's Place

Frank’s Place will be my last stop on today’s Bootcamp catchup expedition, and a very nice stop it is, too. When I was growing up, I heard a lot of music from this era — when I didn’t have control of the radio, it was usually on WRVA/1140, which played “the standards” — Sinatra and his friends. And, while I liked the music of my generation better, I enjoyed listening to this music, too. And I still do.

I wouldn’t want to spend every day here, but it’s a nice place to kick back, relax, and enjoy real pros.

Bootcamp Day 31 (Delayed) — Hank's Place

It’s a quiet day at work — my manager is in Asia, most of my colleagues took the day off or are working from home, and IBM locations in New York are closed for the holiday. So I’m taking advantage of the quiet to work on a proposal, get caught up on my e-mail, and catch up on the Bootcamp channels I missed last week in Paris. I’ll be catching up on the rest of the channels later this week (I suspect that some of this week’s channels won’t hold my interest for very long).

At any rate, I’ve spent the last hour or so at Hank’s Place, which has been a very pleasant surprise. As I’ve written before, I didn’t like country music when I was growing up — but my tastes have broadened over the years, and I’m enjoying my visit to the honky-tonk country era at Hank’s today. I’m surprised at how many of the songs I know, too.

Sometimes, though, when I listen closely enough to hear the lyrics, I’m taken aback, as when they played Mary Kilroy’s “Bit and Bridle” a few minutes ago.

I’ll be back to Hank’s. Wish I could get them to deliver the beer, though!

Bootcamp Day 28 (Delayed) — The Joint

Reggae music — “The Joint” — get it?

But even without inhaling, the music’s pretty good to listen to, and quite relaxing. I missed the official visit on Bob Marley’s birthday, but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve heard today, and expect to wander back from time to time.

Bootcamp Day 30 (Delayed) — E!

I don’t read Entertainment Weekly, People, or Us. I don’t watch E! on TV. And I didn’t expect to get much out of listening to E! Entertainment Radio.

I was right.

I listened to part of a program called “Rock Stars’ Daughters” and decided that that was more than enough time to give this particular channel. It takes all kinds, I guess, but E! gets an F from me.

Bootcamp Day 36 — Unsigned

Now that I’m back at home (and work), I’m resuming my Bootcamp listening (and while I’m at it, I’m switching to the official day numbering, including the weekends, which I’m skipping; I’ve gone back and renumbered all my earlier entries).

Today’s channel is Radio Unsigned, featuring unsigned bands from many genres and locations. As you’d expect, the music is varied — I’ve heard rock, rap, and more. I’ve liked quite a bit of it, but very definitely not everything.

I’ll probably come back to this channel for occasional visits, but it’s uneven enough that it’s not a good choice for me to listen to at work.