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Growing Up A Prince Kid

There are few artists whose passing has brought a tear to my eye, but I will confess that Prince is one. Just past midnight on the day we all learned he was gone, I found myself surfing social media trying to get to sleep. As I sat and read what everyone was saying, I was moved but the stories and feeling...

Ford Theater Reunion’s New Album

  Here on the Charlie Tonic Hour, we’ve never been shy about our support and enthusiasm for the Lexington based band Ford Theater Reunion. I don’t know if it’s their unique sound, the passion they put into their music, or just because they are clearly cooler than us but still let us...

Chart Ratings and Youtube

On Episode 65 of The Charlie Tonic Hour, Charlie and I discuss recent changes to the way that Billboard Magazine ranks songs for the Top 100 list. If you haven’t heard, just a few weeks ago Billboard started including YouTube views into its formula for ranking the most popular songs. This continues...

Montezuma Fire Machine

  Back in Episode 54 you might remember hearing me wax rhapsodic about a band I caught opening for Ford Theater Reunion called Montezuma Fire Machine. Since Charlie and I recorded the episode about 12 hours after actually seeing them perform, I didn’t get the email with their biography or...

Sing Out Loud

Recently, Ginny Tonic mentioned a “fun little website called Proust that helps you build your own autobiography by asking interesting questions and letting you answer, add pictures and share with friends”. I thought today it might be fun to accept that same challenge and answer a random...

Unsentimental Love Songs

  In Episode 31 of The Charlie Tonic Hour, Charlie shared Tender Trap by Joan Armatrading. He explained that one of the reasons that he likes the song is because it deals with the little everyday moments of love rather than the big dramatic declarations that most love songs rely on. That reminded me...

Road Trip Music!

Today was my last day of work for the next two and half months. It’s summer vacation time and you know what that means. It’s road trip season! As I pack my bags for the World Steam Expo this weekend my mind turns to the music I will need to get me through the drive. When I was a little girl...

We’re Not Young

Way back in Episode 3 Charlie shared a song we were both enjoying, We Are Young by Fun. The song captures that carpe diem, we can do anything kind of feeling that seems to be so common in young adults. And as much as I like the song, this kind of insufferable exuberance can make those of us past that stage...

What Do You Do When No One Is Watching?

There is a fun little website called Proust that helps you build your own autobiography by asking interesting questions and letting you answer, add pictures and share with friends. I thought it would be a fun thing to take some of those questions and answer them with you here from time to time. This is the...

End of the Century

I’ve spent a lot of my life around education in one form or another. Sexy topic, right? But wait, I’m headed somewhere interesting. Whether it be the grade school years or college or my eventual career in higher education, for me life has almost always been around or near students and spring...

A Video A Day

We may be stating the obvious but here at the Charlie Tonic Hour, we really like music. Also, we really like our readers. But most of all, we really like sharing the music we love with our dear readers. If you were paying close attention, you have already noticed a new area of the site that went live late...

We Want Your Sex…y Songs

Loyal listeners to The Charlie Tonic Hour will remember that on Episode Six we requested that you send us suggestions for your favorite sexy song for a Valentine’s music segment to debut on Episode Seven. So here we are again, asking you to lay it on us. What music gets you in the mood? Do you like...

Remembering Hilly Kristal And CBGB

I’ll get to CBGB in a moment… For a few years in the late 80’s I was lucky enough to run WRFL 88.1 FM in Lexington, KY as a general manager and serve as an on-air individual. Within the station’s studio a lot of history was made, but those are stories for another time. This evening,...

Long Wait For Two Albums

This week there are two new albums arriving in just a couple days that I have yet to hear but are making me smile based on the simple fact that they exist. One, Old Ideas, is by Leonard Cohen and the other, Feel the Sound, is by Imperial Teen. In both cases, it has been far too long since I had new music to...

Quoting Tom Waits

“I’ve always been afraid I was going to tap the world on the shoulder for 20 years and when it finally turned around, I was going to forget what I had to say.” — Tom Waits, Speaking with Playboy Magazine in March of 1988 This easily goes down as one of my favorite quotes. It’s...
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