Phil’s Faves: Songs, July 16, 2017

This is a weekly Top Ten list of what I consider to be the best songs that I listened to the previous week. Most songs will be current, but there are no boundaries. I’ve already stated on this web site that I am obsessed with music. I am constantly hunting it down whether it’s online, on CD, from my personal collection, from a library (Yes, I think the library is a great source of music–especially for music that you aren’t sure about.), TV, or radio. Since most of these sources mostly emphasize new music, the odds are pretty good that most of the songs on this list will be new. But in my search, I don’t use any boundaries for the other sources. I am just looking for good music that I haven’t heard, or happened to forget about. Everyone, including myself, has forgotten way more great music than they can ever remember-even if they are also music fanatics.

Also, there will be no rules concerning songs on this list. A song can show up or drop off a number of times. This will be the most volatile of my lists. It all depends on how much music I am exposed to during the week and what I find interesting. On really obscure stuff, I will try to include the source, if I know it.

Most of the songs heard on this list have been played on my radio shows, “Theme Attic,” heard Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET, or “Prime Time Theme Attic,” heard Mondays, 8P-10P ET!

This list forms the basis of my countdown list on the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show” on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Albums” lists!

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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Eliza Neals reaches the summit of the songs list!
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of July 16, 2017

1. Another Lifetime—Eliza Neals
2. He Belongs to Me—Alicia Marie
3. Electricity—Red City Radio
4. Set Me Free—Thornetta Davis
5. Coming Round—Judy Banker
6. Step Out of Line—Wendy Webb
7. Things Inside—Oak City Roots
8. Always the Same—The Garden of Soul
9. Purple GTO—Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles
10.The Blues Don’t Care—Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings
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2017: The New Summer of Love, Pt.1!!!

 

For better or worse, the summer of 1967 is known as the “Summer of Love.” Back then, social changes merged with musical exploration-especially psychedelic music, combined in an “innocent” way, never again to be repeated. It was an interesting time, and the sounds that emerged still inspires musicians to emulate it! In other words, some of the recent music that is still being released by artists today owes its style to those inspirational times!

So, on Monday’s “Prime Time Theme Attic” with Phil Maq, from 8PM-10PM  ET, explores this newer music and declares a “New Summer of Love!” Songs by artists on this show, which includes the new weekly “Top 9 at 9:09” featuring “Phil’s Faves: Albums” list will feature The Rutles, the liquid scene, Alicia Marie, sugarplum fairies, The Turnback, The Beatles, The Hangabouts, DownTown Mystic, Fly Golden Eagle (“Quartz Bijou” album cover pictured above), Judy Banker (Judith Banker), The Vegabonds, Thornetta Davis, Wendy Webb (Wendy Webb), Jo Serrapere & the LaFawndas (Jo Serrapere), Cj Ramone, The Donkeys, Eliza Neals, Samantha Fish (Fans of Samantha fish), Nina & The Buffalo Riders, Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons (Angela Perley), Olivia Millerschin (Olivia Millerschin), Tommy Keene, and more!!!

Tune in to 89.3 FM (89.3 WHFR.FM) in the Dearborn-Detroit area, Tune In Players, or with this very groovy link: http://whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html Please share with your fans, families, and friends, and tag me when you do!!!

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, July 9, 2017

Over time, my listening habits have changed and at the moment I usually listen to albums completely through. I haven’t done that in years, but it’s actually very rewarding—particularly when the album is good. Every album that will be on this list will fit that category.

Songs from the albums on this list forms the basis of my countdown list for the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show,” (Mondays, 8P-10P ET) on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Songs” lists!

They may also turn up on my “Theme Attic Show,” (Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET)

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

It’s another peak into my listening habits—which is a goal of mine. If you want to know where I’m heading or what I think about some new music, you will find it here.

I honestly don’t expect there to be much volatility on this list because these albums are what I have been basing many of the sets on my show.

Once again, there will be no boundaries. I will go wherever my musical muse takes me.

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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Blues/rocker Eliza Neals scales the Faves list after climbing out of her “Ten Thousand Feet Below” chasm!

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Top 10 Albums for the Week of July 9, 2017

1. Ten Thousand Feet Below—Eliza Neals
2. Step Out of Line—Wendy Webb
3. Old Soul—Alicia Marie
4. Honest Woman—Thornetta Davis
5. Chills and Fever—Samantha Fish
6. Look Both Ways—Olivia Millerschin
7. American Beauty—CJ Ramone
8. Devils Never Cry—Judy Banker
9. Kits and Cats and Saxon Wives—The Hangabouts
10.The Valley—The Whiskey Charmers
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, July 9, 2017

This is a weekly Top Ten list of what I consider to be the best songs that I listened to the previous week. Most songs will be current, but there are no boundaries. I’ve already stated on this web site that I am obsessed with music. I am constantly hunting it down whether it’s online, on CD, from my personal collection, from a library (Yes, I think the library is a great source of music–especially for music that you aren’t sure about.), TV, or radio. Since most of these sources mostly emphasize new music, the odds are pretty good that most of the songs on this list will be new. But in my search, I don’t use any boundaries for the other sources. I am just looking for good music that I haven’t heard, or happened to forget about. Everyone, including myself, has forgotten way more great music than they can ever remember-even if they are also music fanatics.

Also, there will be no rules concerning songs on this list. A song can show up or drop off a number of times. This will be the most volatile of my lists. It all depends on how much music I am exposed to during the week and what I find interesting. On really obscure stuff, I will try to include the source, if I know it.

Most of the songs heard on this list have been played on my radio shows, “Theme Attic,” heard Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET, or “Prime Time Theme Attic,” heard Mondays, 8P-10P ET!

This list forms the basis of my countdown list on the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show” on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Albums” lists!

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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Thornetta Davis gets “set free” on top of this Faves list!

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Top Ten Songs for the Week of July 9, 2017

1. Set Me Free—Thornetta Davis
2. Another Lifetime—Eliza Neals
3. He Belongs to Me—Alicia Marie
4. Step Out of Line—Wendy Webb
5. Purple GTO—Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles
6. Electricity—Red City Radio
7. Coming Round—Judy Banker
8. Things Inside—Oak City Roots
9. Always the Same—The Garden of Soul
10.He Did It—Samantha Fish
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Sal and Dottie and Bob Silverberg: “Old and Gold” Remembered!!!

Somewhere after growing up listening to radio stations WABX, WKNR, WWWW, WLLZ, WRIF, and WCSX, and after “good” music continued to disappear from the Detroit area airwaves, the aural landscape seemed pretty bleak.

Then something happened.

I can’t honestly pinpoint it, but I wish I could. I’m guessing it happened somewhere in the late eighties or early nineties. I don’t even remember what station it was on. I know it was owned by the Detroit Public Schools. 90.9 FM. I know it now broadcasts jazz and classical music.

But for a long time, for many years, probably more than a decade for me, I listened to a show called “Old and Gold” that was hosted by Sal and Dottie Leczynski and Bob Silverberg.

Every Sunday night from 6 PM-8 PM, I planned my day around being available to catch that show. They played vinyl, mostly 45s, and took turns doing it—probably like they did years before at home, when the music originally came out. They did segments on blues, rockabilly, doo-wop, Western swing, country, and with a heavy emphasis on mostly local artists. Sound familiar?

Now, I prefer to mix my genres up, but for “Old and Gold,” it worked. Since I came into existence after many of those styles of music were popular, the show was like a musical history lesson, one song at a time! Sometimes they would play a stack of A-sides, flip them over and play the B-sides—not necessarily an original idea, but I like that completest mentality when it comes to music.

Not everything Sal, Dottie, and Bob played was good. Far from it. But they played off each other well and were entertaining in their own way.

I wish I could tell you more about them and the show, but its run was before the internet and I couldn’t even find anything on it or them. I’m hoping this post will maybe point me in a direction where I can find out more. I did spend a lot of time with them!

This summer is the 50th Anniversary of “The Summer of Love.” That’s probably where Sal, Dottie, and Bob drew their line in the music sand.

I really have no desire to play the big hits, the “Top 40,” but I will give a nod to that anniversary on several of my shows.

I have run across some playlists from fifty years ago from stations WPAG in Ann Arbor and WKNR in Dearborn. I will play songs from those lists that in the words of those classic “Old and Gold” DJs, are “the bottom 40 with an anchor!”

The fun starts on Monday night’s “Prime Time Theme Attic,” from 8PM-10PM EDT!!! You can find it at 89.3 FM (WHFR) in the Dearborn—Detroit area, Tune In Apps, or with this special throwback link:

www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

Join me if you can!!!

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, July 2, 2017

Over time, my listening habits have changed and at the moment I usually listen to albums completely through. I haven’t done that in years, but it’s actually very rewarding—particularly when the album is good. Every album that will be on this list will fit that category.

Songs from the albums on this list forms the basis of my countdown list for the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show,” (Mondays, 8P-10P ET) on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Songs” lists!

They may also turn up on my “Theme Attic Show,” (Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET)

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

It’s another peak into my listening habits—which is a goal of mine. If you want to know where I’m heading or what I think about some new music, you will find it here.

I honestly don’t expect there to be much volatility on this list because these albums are what I have been basing many of the sets on my show.

Once again, there will be no boundaries. I will go wherever my musical muse takes me.

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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Thornetta Davis finds her way to the summit of the Faves list!

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Top 10 Albums for the Week of July 2, 2017

1. Honest Woman—Thornetta Davis
2. Step Out of Line—Wendy Webb
3. Ten Thousand Feet Below—Eliza Neals
4. Chills and Fever—Samantha Fish
5. Look Both Ways—Olivia Millerschin
6. Old Soul—Alicia Marie
7. American Beauty—C.J. Ramone
8. Devils Never Cry—Judy Banker
9. Kits and Cats and Saxon Wives—The Hangabouts

10.The Valley—The Whiskey Charmers
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, July 2, 2017

This is a weekly Top Ten list of what I consider to be the best songs that I listened to the previous week. Most songs will be current, but there are no boundaries. I’ve already stated on this web site that I am obsessed with music. I am constantly hunting it down whether it’s online, on CD, from my personal collection, from a library (Yes, I think the library is a great source of music–especially for music that you aren’t sure about.), TV, or radio. Since most of these sources mostly emphasize new music, the odds are pretty good that most of the songs on this list will be new. But in my search, I don’t use any boundaries for the other sources. I am just looking for good music that I haven’t heard, or happened to forget about. Everyone, including myself, has forgotten way more great music than they can ever remember-even if they are also music fanatics.

Also, there will be no rules concerning songs on this list. A song can show up or drop off a number of times. This will be the most volatile of my lists. It all depends on how much music I am exposed to during the week and what I find interesting. On really obscure stuff, I will try to include the source, if I know it.

Most of the songs heard on this list have been played on my radio shows, “Theme Attic,” heard Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET, or “Prime Time Theme Attic,” heard Mondays, 8P-10P ET!

This list forms the basis of my countdown list on the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show” on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Albums” lists!

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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Top Ten Songs for the Week of July 2, 2017

1. Purple GTO—Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles
2. Set Me Free—Thornetta Davis
3. Another Lifetime—Eliza Neals
4. He Belongs to Me—Alicia Marie
5. Step Out of Line—Wendy Webb
6. Electricity—Red City Radio
7. Meet Me At the Bottom—Birth of Joy
8. Feels So Good—The Record Company
9. He Did It—Samantha Fish
10.Coming Round—Judy Banker
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Singer/Songwriter Sarah McQuaid Receives Lifetime Achievement Award!!!

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(Sarah McQuaid with Andrew Cooke http://www.andrewcookeartist.com) maker and designer of her Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ards International Guitar Festival, Newtownards, Northern Ireland, (9th April)(Photo by Ards International Guitar Festival Director Emily Crawford.)

 

When I’m checking out music or trying to stay up on artists, it’s especially satisfying to run across someone who makes beautiful music and is a nice person, too!

Last year, I had the serendipitous good fortune to see UK singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid. Not only did I get to see her perform at the On the Tracks Songwriter Showcase Series in Chelsea, Michigan, (and open the door for further exploration not only at that series but other Chelsea venues like the Rumpus Room and the Chelsea Alehouse!) but I also had the opportunity to interview her on my “Theme Attic” show heard Wednesdays from 10A-12 Noon EDT!

As I grew more familiar with her back catalogue, Sarah didn’t stand still and managed to receive a Lifetime achievement award from Ards and North Down Borough Council in Ireland! It is given out every year at the annual Ards International Guitar Festival. She is the first woman to ever receive the award!

Now Miss McQuaid may look young—and she is! But she has also done musical work in other areas. She has written a book about the special guitar tuning that she uses, and is currently working on a new book as well as a new album to prepare for her next world tour in 2018!

I like to think of Sarah McQuaid as having a crystal clear voice that makes one feel as calm as an alpine lake on a summer morning! Now, that’s my opinion on her singing.

But I love the quote that Emily Crawford, co-director of the festival said after handing out the award:

She and her guitar become one beautiful sound.”

Ernie McMillen, another co-director along with Darren Porter, had this amazing description:

I get to see many specialist guitarists up close, and many over-perform. It’s honey for the soul to witness Sarah McQuaid perform.”

Playing to and within the context of the song! For me, it doesn’t get any better than that!

CONGRATULATIONS SARAH MCQUAID!!!

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Jean-Luc Ponty Interview Part 2 Repeated on Monday’s “Prime Time Theme Attic,” with Phil Maq, 8PM-10PM EDT!!!

 

On this holiday weekend, in case you missed last Wednesday’s “Almost All American Show” on “Theme Attic,” (10A-12 Noon EDT!), there’s a special repeat on Monday’s “Prime Time Theme Attic” with Phil Maq from 8PM-10PM EDT!!! Included, will be the second part of my interview with Jean-Luc PONTY Officiel! Songs by other artists on the show, in order of appearance are: RB Stone (Rb Stone, Rb Stone) (The cover for his “Some Call It Freedom, Some Call It Above” album pictured above right), Renaissance, May Erlewine, Adam Hill Music, Beaucoup Blue with Red Molly, Tritone Paradox, CommonUnion59, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Linda Ronstadt, Wendy Webb (Wendy Webb), Savage Grace, Eric Bannan’s Music Page (Eric Bannan), Los Lobos, Li’l Wally Fans, Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass, Simon & Garfunkel, Jean-Luc Ponty, Frank Zappa, Elton John,, Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin, Jean-Luc PONTY Officiel, Johnny Crawford (Johnny Crawford Fans), Dave Boutette, Michael on Fire, Mark Lavengood (Mark Lavengood), and Muriel Anderson!!! Tune in at 89.3 FM (WHFR) in the Dearborn-Detroit area, Tune In Player, or with this special patriotic link: http://whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

I have put together another 20+ minute segment of my phone interview on June 10th with legendary violinist Jean-Luc Ponty!

It will be repeated on “Prime Time Theme Attic, Monday, July 3rd, from 8PM-10PM with Phil Maq on WHFR (89.3 FM) in the Dearborn-Detroit area as part of my annual “Almost All American Show!” Here’s a link to stream the show: http://whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

In this section, which includes music to support his dialogue, Jean-Luc talks about his relationship with Frank Zappa, guesting on Elton John‘s “Honky Chateau,” and working on the classic Mahavishnu Orchestra’s albums with John McLaughlin!

Here’s one of the tracks, “Fifty-Fifty by Frank Zappa [Hall of Fame] where Ponty supplies his distinctive sound:

The artist provides fascinating insights to his early career working with some of the biggest and innovative artists at the time that helped launch his own phenomenal career!

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, June 25, 2017

Over time, my listening habits have changed and at the moment I usually listen to albums completely through. I haven’t done that in years, but it’s actually very rewarding—particularly when the album is good. Every album that will be on this list will fit that category.

Songs from the albums on this list forms the basis of my countdown list for the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show,” (Mondays, 8P-10P ET) on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Songs” lists!

They may also turn up on my “Theme Attic Show,” (Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET)

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

It’s another peak into my listening habits—which is a goal of mine. If you want to know where I’m heading or what I think about some new music, you will find it here.

I honestly don’t expect there to be much volatility on this list because these albums are what I have been basing many of the sets on my show.

Once again, there will be no boundaries. I will go wherever my musical muse takes me.

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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Olivia Millerschin stays on top for another week!!!

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Top 10 Albums for the Week of June 25, 2017

1. Look Both Ways—Olivia Millerschin
2. Step Out of Line—Wendy Webb
3. Honest Woman—Thornetta Davis
4. Ten Thousand Feet Below—Eliza Neals
5. Chills and Fever—Samantha Fish
6. The Valley—The Whiskey Charmers
7. American Beauty—C.J. Ramone
8. Old Soul—Alicia Marie
9. Devils Never Cry—Judy Banker
10.Kits and Cats and Saxon Wives—The Hangabouts
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