Twisted Mix Tape – Forbidden Love

Twisted Mix-Tape? WHAT??!!! This is what. Me and music, we go hand in hand. I carry earbuds with me everywhere I go. I’m not anti-social (I’m only anti-work), I’m just anti-silence. Well that’s a bold-faced lie, but when my choices are listening to the drivel playing at grocery, or a bunch of people yapping atContinue reading “Twisted Mix Tape – Forbidden Love”

Memories of Casey Kasem’s American Top 40

When Tiffany sang “you put your arms around me and we tumble to the ground,” could I really have pictured a boy and girl tumbling down a hill—like, rolling down it log-style, maybe just before engaging in a potato-sack race? I’ve spent a lot of time trying to imagine how I sang that song withoutContinue reading “Memories of Casey Kasem’s American Top 40”

Ever wish you were a concert promoter?

I know I wish it EVERY. DAY. I usually write about music here, and everything else over at my other site. But today I wrote a book review for an amazing story over on JenKehl.com you HAVE to read it! He even has an insider view on Sly and the Family Stone, I wish IContinue reading “Ever wish you were a concert promoter?”

100 Ways Frank Zappa Influenced Who You Listen To Now

You may not know who Frank Zappa is, chances are if you’re under 40 you don’t. Maybe you do, but are wondering why you should care about this total freak show who created vulgar über wacko performance art concerts before that was cool? Oh and now you want to know when I’m going to get toContinue reading “100 Ways Frank Zappa Influenced Who You Listen To Now”

Old School Disco New Year’s Eve Playlist – Boogie Fever!

  I’m the 70’s pop culture junkie and frankly, New Year’s Eve isn’t New Year’s Eve without disco. And I don’t mean some new fangled discotheque music. What the heck is a discotheque anyway? Or is it Disco Teka? Whatever it is, that’s not what I’m talking about it. What I’m talking about here isContinue reading “Old School Disco New Year’s Eve Playlist – Boogie Fever!”

A Swinging Jazz Christmas Playlist

  The table is set, the lights are turned down just the right amount to make the room sparkle and the cheesy Christmas decorations are hidden in another room – leaving only the very tasteful decorations you share with company. Now shove the kids in another room with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and enjoy oneContinue reading “A Swinging Jazz Christmas Playlist”

Cozy Up With Your Classic Christmas Standards Playlist!

  Every year you think you want it – something new. You are so sure that you start messing with your iPod, maybe playing with your Pandora or buying a few of those “Target special purchase” CD’s. But then you realize; it just doesn’t matter. Some songs were done right that one time. You canContinue reading “Cozy Up With Your Classic Christmas Standards Playlist!”

Martini Lounge Christmas Playlist

‘Tis the season. Whether you partake or not, you can’t help but tap your toes to this special brand of Christmas music. So pull up a chair, grab a martini and enjoy yourself at the Raised on the Radio Christmas Lounge. A Martini Lounge Christmas YouTube on the top, bottom links go straight to *iTunesContinue reading “Martini Lounge Christmas Playlist”

Inspirational Christmas Music Playlist

  He’s the reason for the season, so the saying goes. We celebrate but once a year (for 4o days or so) and as you go through your days, beginning at Thanksgiving, you hear every type of Christmas music from every speaker you pass. Here is are the Carols before the songs, these were meantContinue reading “Inspirational Christmas Music Playlist”

A Thanksgiving Playlist

The table is set, the lights are turned down just enough to make the room sparkle and the cheesy Christmas decorations are hidden in another room – leaving only the very tasteful decorations you share with company. Occupy the kids with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and enjoy one night as an adult. Hit shuffle on your Thanksgiving PlaylistContinue reading “A Thanksgiving Playlist”

Baby Boomers Music

Baby Boomers are egotistical asses, especially when it comes to music!   I should know.  I’m a Baby Boomer.   You have to remember, most Baby Boomers have followed music from its early days.  Say, a Baby Boomer, born in 1954, will remember songs from the Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, The Big Bopper, and BuddyContinue reading “Baby Boomers Music”

If You Haven’t Heard it, May I Suggest Beleza Tropical

In the early 1990s, I was not listening to a lot of mainstream music. I had become closely acquainted with world music and bands off the beaten path. Bands and artists like: They Might Be Giants, Poi Dog Pondering and Adrian Belew. An album I became enthralled with in 1990 has stood the test ofContinue reading “If You Haven’t Heard it, May I Suggest Beleza Tropical”

Every UK Number One Song: Here In My Heart…

I met Steve while running the longest meme in blogging history (okay I may be exaggerating) Twisted MixTape. I always loved his contributions, his take from across the pond was a fresh change. I pride myself in being aware of a wide range of music, but until Steve, had no idea there was so muchContinue reading “Every UK Number One Song: Here In My Heart…”

Gordon Lightfoot

  I’ve been listening to Gordon Lightfoot for 44 of my 44 years. It’s a gimme, isn’t it? If you were alive in the 70’s, you listened to Gordo. That doesn’t mean I knew the ins and outs of the man. Actually…..I heard from a reliable source that his life took some serious wrong turns,Continue reading “Gordon Lightfoot”

Blood Sweat and Tears

How will you be remembered? Will you be the guy who fought for a cause? Or will you be a guy who had an amazing idea for a band, a band that would turn into a pop sensation?! What if you don’t want your band to be a pop sensation? You dig your heals in theContinue reading “Blood Sweat and Tears”

I Love Chicago, I’m Old, and The Best Night of Funky R&B Ever.

Age does funny things to you. The one I think we are least likely to understand when we are young is the resistance to change. Of course I know this to be true because I am a child of sitcoms. And each sitcom has at least one episode about the adults not “getting it.” WhateverContinue reading “I Love Chicago, I’m Old, and The Best Night of Funky R&B Ever.”

It’s been a while since I’ve been here, so I thought I might remind myself what Raised on the Radio is to me.

Hello Friends, Many moons ago I had an idea. This idea was based on the fact, the assumption, that there were more people like me – as far as music tastes go – than the growth of mediocre pop music would suggest. My idea was to create a space that celebrated the music of myContinue reading “It’s been a while since I’ve been here, so I thought I might remind myself what Raised on the Radio is to me.”

A New Wave Dance Playlist

  For me, Dance Music is New Wave 80’s music. Because that’s when I was disturbed and dancing. I did some dancing in the late 90’s, but that’s when Dance music was just plain old disturbing to me. Here are some notables: Ministry with Everyday is Halloween – By the way, this song was ourContinue reading “A New Wave Dance Playlist”