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 my … Continue 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.
Author: Jen Kehl
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 our … Continue reading A New Wave Dance Playlist
What Are Your First Musical Memories?
What are the first songs you remember in your life? Of course, the answer may have something to do with when you were born. It may also have something to do with the type of music your parents listened to. And, believe it or not, it may also have to do with what your mother … Continue reading What Are Your First Musical Memories?
Free Music for the Weekend From William Steffey
Our good friend William Steffey is offering his last three singles for free through this Sunday. It's a great way to get to hear some new music from an amazing Indie artist you may not be familiar with! So go check it out here. Download Free Singles. Go support him, and you might find something … Continue reading Free Music for the Weekend From William Steffey
There Must Be Some Misunderstanding – How a Missing Genesis Album was Eclipsed by Van Halen
This week's Raised on the Radio Guest Post, is by Doug Foster. Doug and I go waaaay back and I am thrilled to have him on Raised on the Radio. Please click this link to read this post about love and loss and Van Halen, There Must Be Some Misunderstanding As much as I have … Continue reading There Must Be Some Misunderstanding – How a Missing Genesis Album was Eclipsed by Van Halen
A Letter to Carole King Concerning Tapestry
Dear Carole, In 1971 you released an album called "Tapestry". This is an album in which you either wrote all the songs either by yourself, or with a little help from your friends, with the exception of "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman" and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow." I say this not … Continue reading A Letter to Carole King Concerning Tapestry
Jerry Reed – Guitar Genius – Musical Comedian
In the late 50's - early 60's, Jerry Reed was a songwriter, a famous songwriter. So many of the songs he wrote and recorded became #1 hits for other people. Yet when he played them, they didn't get far. Thanks to Brenda Lee's cover of his song, All You Gotta Do, his name was kept … Continue reading Jerry Reed – Guitar Genius – Musical Comedian
Thanks Dad, For Raising Me on The Radio
The site happens to have an apt title that resonates with me,because I was almost literally raised on the radio by parents who were, and still are, drawn to the music of the '50s, '60s and '70s. The literal edge of being raised on the radio stems from the fact that Dad, Tony, is a … Continue reading Thanks Dad, For Raising Me on The Radio
I Wanted My Own Bitchin’ Camero
It's the mid 1980s. Bands like REO Speedwagon, Foreigner and Wham! ruled the charts. But there's an underground movement bubbling up -- punk rock. Listening to my Sony Walkman late at night, the local college station would spin strange songs and bizarre artists. Sometimes, the songs were so awful my ears hurt. Other … Continue reading I Wanted My Own Bitchin’ Camero
Indie Artist William Steffey
Although we may be highly influenced by the music that came along before the digital age, the beauty of technology is how it has opened doors for Indie artists to record, produce and distribute their music without the 100s of thousands usually put up by a record company and promoters. William Steffey is one of … Continue reading Indie Artist William Steffey
New Releases by Some Classic Rockers and Singer Songwriters
Are you as burnt out as I am? I’m ready for something new … something different … something that I can get into and forget everything that’s been going on. Tommy Castro and the Painkillers just put out a new blues album. If you’re a fan of the blues, you’ll be happy to know that … Continue reading New Releases by Some Classic Rockers and Singer Songwriters
Music Transports Me
The other day, I woke up disoriented to the sound of my husband’s clock radio alarm going off. In the split second it took me to process my surroundings and realize that it wasn’t the middle of the night and my toddler hadn’t woken me up coughing again, I became aware of the song. … Continue reading Music Transports Me
I Thought Billy Joel and Billy Crystal Were the Same Person
I admit it, I watched a lot of TV as a kid in the 70's. So much TV, that as a virtual latch-key kid, my sister and I often joked that TV was our mother. That same kid somehow managed to watch SOAP when no one was looking, which was basically always. Except on those … Continue reading I Thought Billy Joel and Billy Crystal Were the Same Person
The Magical Mystery of Music
If there was no such thing as the magical mystery that is music, I wonder what humans would do to pass the time? If I couldn't hum to myself or learn to produce tonal incantations from odd and diverse objects, then how would I express myself beyond the fragmentary thoughts that bind my mind and … Continue reading The Magical Mystery of Music
Sunday Playlist – Dinner Party Music
Whether you are relaxing at home or heading out, I hope you have great music to listen to. We all know that music sets a mood, when you are visiting with friends and family the last thing you need is jarring music in the background. Dinner Party Music should uplift without being noticed, you should … Continue reading Sunday Playlist – Dinner Party Music
Memories of Jim Croce, Like Time in a Bottle – Guest post by Meg Hammil
I think most of us experienced in our youth what I think of as a “Day the Music Died” moment. We learned about the unexpected death of a performer we admired, and not only did we feel what was for many the first twinges of mortality, but we grasped the bitter truth that even our heroes … Continue reading Memories of Jim Croce, Like Time in a Bottle – Guest post by Meg Hammil
Sly and The Family Stone takes you Higher!
Everybody is a Star The best thing that could have ever happened to me and Sly was the release of the new box set - Sly and the Family Stone, Higher! Growing up in the 70's I was spoon fed Sly. I wasn't living in San Francisco, and even if I was, I am pretty sure … Continue reading Sly and The Family Stone takes you Higher!
Thanks For That Magic Yellow Box
Thanks for That Little Yellow Box While children and teenagers across the land were secretly reading books by flashlight under the covers, I was covertly listening to the radio. My parents were none the wiser, thanks to a plastic yellow box -- the Sony Sports Walkman. With the Walkman came the ability to listen without … Continue reading Thanks For That Magic Yellow Box
Deep Sleep: In Remembrance of DEVO’s Bob 2
Unlike he, I had by then passed the Bauhaus test, you see. Having previously purchased, initially hated, then grown to respect and finally admire their seminal album “Mask,” I was already well versed in the true nature, flavor and potential of what would eventually be coined as “alternative music.” My little brother, however, had no … Continue reading Deep Sleep: In Remembrance of DEVO’s Bob 2
Cover Songs, Uncovered
Have you ever heard a song that sounded so familiar you knew you'd heard it before, but it was now somehow different? Yeah, it was probably a cover. In the 1960's, laws against taking a song and changing it to fit your style was common practice. Chuck Berry and many more artists saw their classic … Continue reading Cover Songs, Uncovered