I’ve been enjoying my first day of post-Bootcamp XM listening (well, as much as I can enjoy listening while really working), and I have to say that Bootcamp worked — about half of my listening time today was spent on channels I “discovered” during Bootcamp (namely XM Live, Real Jazz, World Zone, and XM Music Lab).
What did I discover at Bootcamp?
- I like more kinds of music than I thought I did
- The channels which I liked more than I expected came primarily from the “Country,” “Urban,” and “Dance” categories. Before Bootcamp, I claimed I didn’t like country music at all, I expected “Urban” music to be synonymous with Rap, and hadn’t listened to “Dance” at all.
- Good music didn’t stop when I left college
- The 80’s was one of my favorite channels, earning a B+. And several of the channels which got a B or B- play music from the 90s and today.
- Good music didn’t start when I entered high school
- I liked the 40’s, too. And I liked many of the classical and jazz channels, of course.
- Some channels are ok in small doses, but a few minutes at a time is plenty
- The dance channels fit this description really well; so does Ngoma, Fungus, and Boneyard
- I like music better than talk
- The only “Talk and Variety” channel I gave a favorable rating to was Discovery Radio, and that was partially out of guilt and partially because it was early in Bootcamp. True “talk radio” channels interested me even less than variety and comedy channels did. If I participate in another Bootcamp, I won’t even bother with any non-music channels.
My Bootcamp Awards
Biggest Disappointment: This one clearly goes to The 70’s, for playing music I’d spent decades trying to forget I’d ever heard.
Worst Music to Work By: There’s no question here; it’s Suite 62, because my thoughts when listening there are definitely not work-related.