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”

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”

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 haveContinue 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 notContinue reading “A Letter to Carole King Concerning Tapestry”

Radio Disc Jockey: Long Hairs Need Apply

So, you think radio was always the way it is today? Let’s see, today, many “announcers” go into the studio, record all of their vocal breaks, and leave for the day. Oh, they might make a public appearance here or there, and cut a commercial or two, but in reality, radio has gone downhill overContinue reading “Radio Disc Jockey: Long Hairs Need Apply”

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. OtherContinue reading “I Wanted My Own Bitchin’ Camero”

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 thatContinue 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”

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 andContinue reading “The Magical Mystery of Music”

How On Demand Is Cheating Our Kids

In an age when it’s too easy to become a Ninja Netflix addict, stealthily clicking “next episode” on the iPad at 2am, knowing that you’ll regret it, and not being able to resist doing so, because it’s RIGHT THERE, right NOW, on demand, it’s hard to imagine that there was a time when life wasContinue reading “How On Demand Is Cheating Our Kids”