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  • John Lennon Hour

    John Lennon was never happy with his voice. He was constantly beggin George Martin to double track it or work wonders with it. And George accomadated him. But once John became a solo musician, he found new ways to "work magic" in his songs. He began to turn to catch phrases and tricky patterns of rhythm to hook the listener. We call these "ear worms." They're the lines in a song that you can't quite get out of your head, even when the song is long over. Tonight, join Jude and her very special guest, Dr. Kit O'Toole (Contributing Editor of BeatleFan Magazine and author of two upcoming books in 2015) as they discuss the gimmicks and techniques John Lennon used to make his songs so memorable! From "Power to the People" to "John Sinclair," we'll examine his most popular, clever, and contagious ear worms.

  • John Lennon Hour

    Who wrote the better love songs in the team of Lennon and McCartney, John or Paul? And what solid evidence is there to back it up? Thursday night at 9pmET, Dr. Kit O'Toole (Kit) and Jude Southerland Kessler (Kaboodle) will square off to debate this topic in the First Kit and Kaboodle Show of 2015! Kit will take the case of the magicially melodic Mr. McCartney and Jude will uphold the case of creative genius, John Lennon. Each will play three songs to persuade the listener and will take about the muiscal elements, back story, lyrics, and impact of each song. You won't want to miss this fun and informative Kit and Kaboodle episode.

  • John Lennon Hour

    Dr. Kit O'Toole, author of the upcoming book Michael Jackson FAQ is Kit; Jude Southerland Kessler, author of The John Lennon Series (http://www.johnlennonseries.com), is Kaboodle. And together they're the powerhouse team of Kit and Kaboodle who meet bi-monthly via The John Lennon Hour to discuss any topic in the realm of Beatles music and/or biographies. Tonight they'll consider the topic of Most Unappreciated Beatles songs. Why are these songs so overlooked? What do the critics say about these selections? And is there any reason that listeners should give these tunes another glance (or ear)? Tune in to the second "Kit and Kaboodle Show" of 2015 and find out. Fun and informative...that's Kit and Kaboodle. And be sure to visit the Official Kit and Kaboodle Fan Page on Facebook and "like" us.

  • John Lennon Hour

    In Episode #3 of the highly popular Kit and Kaboodle show, Beatles/rock music critic, Dr. Kit O'Toole and Jude Southerland Kessler, author of The John Lennon Series (http://www.johnlennonseries.com) discuss why The Beatles failed The Decca Audition on New Year's Day 1962. Kit will consider each song the Fab Four played - the strengths and weaknesses, and Kaboodle (Jude) will analyze the physchological/personality factors that entered into the mix that wintry day in London. The Beatles were rejected by Decca...but why? Could things have ended differently? And whose fault was it that the lads walked away empty-handed? That's tonight's topic.

  • John Lennon Hour

    Join Dr. Kit O'Toole (author of Songs We Were Singing) Jude Southerland Kessler, author of The John Lennon Series http://www.johnlennonseries.com as they discuss John Lennon's political protest anthems. They'll examine 4 of John's impactful solo creations and pose the question: Are these songs righteous or rubbish? What makes a successful protest anthem? And did John hit or miss the mark? Find out when Kit and Kaboodle (Jude) get together for an hour of informational and fun debate.

  • John Lennon Hour

    Join Jude Southerland Kessler, author of The John Lennon Series,http://www.johnlennonseries.com as she takes you on a quick 45-min. tour of Beatles at the Ridge, the FREE Beatles festival coming up in Walnut Ridge, AR, Sept. 18 and 19. You'll get to meet 3 of the authors and artists who are volunteering to make this a wonderful, informative, and Beatlesque weekend! First, meet famed musician (he's played with Paul McCartney and Bo Diddley), Anthony Robustelli, whose book I Want to Tell You: The Definitive Guide to the Music of The Beatles, 1962-63 is one of the best books written on the complete catalogu from that era (cover songs included!). Anthony will tell you about the "Multi-Track Meltdown" he'll be doing at The Ridge...and taking requests! Then, Dr. Kit O'Toole, Contributing Editor of Beatlefan magazine, will share her special insights on Beatles music from her new book, Songs We Were Singing! And she'll give us a sneak peek of her BATR presentation, "Beatles Sounds That Changed the World 2.0"! She'll also make 2 BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS! Finally, reknown Louisiana artist Rande Kessler, will talk about the 4 mediums in which he has captured the spirit of The Beatles for The Ridge: photography, pen and ink art, charcoal sketches, and his gorgeous mixed media sculptures of each Beatle! Coool stuff. Don't miss this great show!

  • podcast

    Kit O'Toole talks with Allan, Al, Ken and Steve about her new book, "Songs We Were Singing: Guided Tours Through the Beatles' Lesser Known Tracks."

  • Beatles Examiner

  • Beatles Examiner

    There are Beatles songs everyone knows, and there are others that don't get that much attention. Those are the ones Kit O'Toole concentrates on in her long-running “Deep Beatles” columns on Something Else Reviews and that make up the bulk of her new book, “Songs We Were Singing: Guided Tours Through the Beatles' Lesser-Known Tracks.” In the columns and the book, she analyzes these songs in great detail, which certainly will please the legions of Beatles geeks who stay up nights discussing them.

  • John Lennon Examiner

    Dr. Kit O’Toole has just published her first book about the Beatles, “Songs We Were Singing: Guided Tours through the Beatles’ Lesser-Known Tracks.” (September, 2015) The new book discusses the Beatles’ lesser-known tracks and how they fit in with their legacy, their solo work, and much more. The John Lennon Examiner has interviewed Dr. O’Toole about the insights revealed in her book (September 14, 2015.)

  • Meet the Beatles for Real

    give Songs We Were Singing my complete and full recommendation to hard core Beatle geeks and casual fans alike because there is something new for everyone to learn about in this book. With so many amazing Beatles tracks that get forgotten, let's hope that her first book is the first of a series.