The Most Awsomest Song of the Day: “He Lifts Me Up” by Randy Tessier!!!

Here’s a link to the complete list: https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/

I want to emphasize mostly, relatively newer music, just like on my Monday night show, “Prime Time Theme Attic.” (Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET when it returns.)

Here’s the link for when that day comes: http://rdo.fm/r/4qntu )

But I can promise this: I will not force my selections. If something doesn’t hit me, I won’t post one.

Everything I do has always been about shining a spotlight on the artist and their music.

Now I will have the potential to shine 365 more spotlights if I want to!

Please share the post to help spread the word!

Regardless of everything going on in the world that is way more important than my daily post, I will continue, nonetheless, in case someone is looking for a few minutes of respite.

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How ’bout some Sunday Singin’?

Let’s stay local again.

Randy Tessier, a multiple Philby Award winning artist, has been a part of the Southeast Michigan music scene since he moved here from Marquette, notching out a musical career covering a variety of styles.

His latest album release, “Sugar Town,” (and, yes, that is a cover of the Nancy Sinatra song), includes a swampy, gospel(!!!???) groove, “He Lifts Me Up!”

Randy always sounds like he could lead a gospel group any day of the week!

Throw in a wicked sax solo, some hot keyboard fills, and, naturally, hand claps, and this song will definitely lift you up!

It does for me!

The Most Awesomest Song of the Day is “He Lifts Me Up” by Randy Tessier!!!

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The Most Awesomest Song of the Day: “Wrong Side of Right” by Tosha Owens!!!

Here’s a link to the complete list: https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/

I want to emphasize mostly, relatively newer music, just like on my Monday night show, “Prime Time Theme Attic.” (Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET when it returns.)

Here’s the link for when that day comes: http://rdo.fm/r/4qntu )

But I can promise this: I will not force my selections. If something doesn’t hit me, I won’t post one.

Everything I do has always been about shining a spotlight on the artist and their music.

Now I will have the potential to shine 365 more spotlights if I want to!

Please share the post to help spread the word!

Regardless of everything going on in the world that is way more important than my daily post, I will continue, nonetheless, in case someone is looking for a few minutes of respite.

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Multiple Philby Award winner, Tosha Owens, can slip surreptitiously between musical genres quite successfully, but eventually she reveals her true self!

On the title track of Wrong Side of Right,” she cuts loose with a vocal that touches the soul much like bare feet touching asphalt on a summer day: searing heat!

The band matches Tosha’s  hard knock fierceness led by Brett Lucas‘ flamethrowing guitar and a brilliant drum break towards the end of the song!

The Most Awesomest Song of the Day is “Wrong Side of Right” by Tosha Owens!!!

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The Most Awesomest Song of the Day: “Just One Clue” by Mark Jewett!!!

Here’s a link to the complete list: https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/

I want to emphasize mostly, relatively newer music, just like on my Monday night show, “Prime Time Theme Attic.” (Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET when it returns.)

Here’s the link for when that day comes: http://rdo.fm/r/4qntu )

But I can promise this: I will not force my selections. If something doesn’t hit me, I won’t post one.

Everything I do has always been about shining a spotlight on the artist and their music.

Now I will have the potential to shine 365 more spotlights if I want to!

Please share the post to help spread the word!

Regardless of everything going on in the world that is way more important than my daily post, I will continue, nonetheless, in case someone is looking for a few minutes of respite.

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How about some Friday Music Fun?

Here’s a song that everyone in my family likes!

That’s very unusual!

Multiple Philby Award winning local singer/songwriter Mark Jewett has a dry/wry sense of humor, that comes across on his less serious songs!

“Just One Clue,” from his ‘Love Has No Heart of Its Own” EP, is a mid tempo rocker about a guy who can’t seem to figure out what has upset his significant other.

He’s more than willing to resolve the situation, but he needs a clue.

The song has a really nice percussion track featuring cowbell and tambourine supplied by Nolan Mendenhall! It’s a little more interesting and intricate than just keeping a beat, and I find it entertaining every time!

There’s some really nice guitar work, too, including some hot slide guitar–all provided by Roscoe!

As the song fades out, Mark can be heard talking to himself about his socks on the floor, a new haircut that he might not have noticed, or a missed birthday!

“Just One Clue” sounds like a song that a different Mark–Mark Knopfler, accidentally left off of one of his albums!

The Most Awesomest Song of the Day is “Just One Clue” by Mark Jewett!!!

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The Most Awesomest Song of the Day: “You and Me and the Sun” by Annie Fitzgerald!!!

Here’s a link to the complete list: https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/

I want to emphasize mostly, relatively newer music, just like on my Monday night show, “Prime Time Theme Attic.” (Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET when it returns.)

Here’s the link for when that day comes: http://rdo.fm/r/4qntu )

But I can promise this: I will not force my selections. If something doesn’t hit me, I won’t post one.

Everything I do has always been about shining a spotlight on the artist and their music.

Now I will have the potential to shine 365 more spotlights if I want to!

Please share the post to help spread the word!

Regardless of everything going on in the world that is way more important than my daily post, I will continue, nonetheless, in case someone is looking for a few minutes of respite.

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How about a romantic song?

How about a summer sunset song?

How about putting both of them together in a song?

Philby Award winner Annie Fitzgerald has the right amount of everything for the title track of her album, You and Me and the Sun!”

Catching a romantic sunset on a rooftop far removed from the rest of the world!

Nice recurring piano theme, Annie‘s innocent sounding vocal, and a melody with a lot of hooks combine for the perfect sunset soundtrack!

The Most Awesomest Song of the Day is “You and Me and the Sun” by Annie Fitzgerald!!!

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, July 5, 2020

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,” (Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET when it returns.)

(Here’s the link for when that day comes: http://rdo.fm/r/4qntu)) on mostly alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Songs” lists!

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.

Here’s the link to the complete list of Fave Albums: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums/

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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Heather Pierson’s “Lines and Spaces” lines up in the #1 space!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of July 5, 2020

1. Lines and Spaces—Heather Pierson
2. Lost on the Range—The Whiskey Charmers
3. Here to This—Downriver Dan
4. When My Baby Comes Around—Rod Johnson
5. Echoes: Remembering the Music of Tom Petty—Various Artists
6. Steady Heart—Vicky Emerson
7. A Highway Cruise—J.P. Reali
8. Scarecrow—Linden Thoburn
9. Time Hasn’t Changed You—Altameda
10.All Mine—Sarah Morris
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, July 5, 2020

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 show, Prime Time Theme Attic,” currently on hiatus. (Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET)

(Here’s the link for when that day comes: http://rdo.fm/r/4qntu)

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 mostly alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Albums” lists!

Here’s a link for the complete history of all the Fave Songs:

https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-songs/

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Birdsong at Morning notch their second #1 Faves Song!!
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of July 5, 2020


1. Never to Part—Birdsong at Morning (A Slight Departure)
2. Hard Times in the Land of Plenty—Kenny Parker (Hellfire)
3. Change—Mavis Staples (We Get By)[Hall of Fame]
4. Leave Me Here—The Liquid Scene (Revolutions)
5. Who Wants Cilla?—The Hangabouts (Single)
6. Poor Old Me—Annie and Rod Capps (When They Fall)
7. Same Old 45—Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles (Silver City)
8. CrazyThe Slackers (Peculiar)
9. Bottomless Heart—The Ragbirds (The Threshold and the Hearth)
10.Upbeat—Deane Nesbitt, Jr. (Soundtracks in the Sand)
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The Most Awesomest Song of the Day: “Sundance” by Magic Music!!!

Here’s a link to the complete list: https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/

I want to emphasize mostly, relatively newer music, just like on my Monday night show, “Prime Time Theme Attic.” (Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET when it returns.)

Here’s the link for when that day comes: http://rdo.fm/r/4qntu )

But I can promise this: I will not force my selections. If something doesn’t hit me, I won’t post one.

Everything I do has always been about shining a spotlight on the artist and their music.

Now I will have the potential to shine 365 more spotlights if I want to!

Please share the post to help spread the word!

Regardless of everything going on in the world that is way more important than my daily post, I will continue, nonetheless, in case someone is looking for a few minutes of respite.

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It feels great when you know winter is finally over and warmer weather is here to stay!

In the mountains of Colorado, although I don’t know how it can possibly be so, it must be even more intense!

I was able to get to Colorado the past three years, but I’m pretty sure that streak will end this year.

But Magic Music, with it’s Americana/bluegrass/hippie vibe can help me remember what it feels like in those backwoods!

The Most Awesomest Song of the Day is “Sundance” by Magic Music!!!

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The Most Awesomest Song of the Day: “Stars and Stripes” by T.J. Zindle!!!

Here’s a link to the complete list: https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/

I want to emphasize mostly, relatively newer music, just like on my Monday night show, “Prime Time Theme Attic.” (Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET when it returns.)

Here’s the link for when that day comes: http://rdo.fm/r/4qntu )

But I can promise this: I will not force my selections. If something doesn’t hit me, I won’t post one.

Everything I do has always been about shining a spotlight on the artist and their music.

Now I will have the potential to shine 365 more spotlights if I want to!

Please share the post to help spread the word!

Regardless of everything going on in the world that is way more important than my daily post, I will continue, nonetheless, in case someone is looking for a few minutes of respite.

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Every year, I do a show called “The Annual Almost All American Show.”

That won’t happen this year, but I would have included “Stars and Stripes” by TJ Zindle, a phenomenally gifted guitarist and songwriter!

He can shred with the best of them!

The song is from his Philby Award winning album, “Hold on With All Your Might.”

“Stars and Stripes” seems as if it can be interpreted in many ways.

It appears to be a summation that all of the stars and stripes have gotten the country to this point in history. And then, now what ?

The song speaks to me about all of the blind flag wavers who seem to support the symbolism of the country without trying to fulfill the intent of the mission.

That’s how politics is used in third world countries where most of the citizenry are illiterate, so they get the honor of being manipulated by symbols.

You know. Like a leader that molests the flag to show how much he loves the country to the unthinking masses.

Interpret the song how you want, but I think it’s very powerful and rocks with some great guitar!

The Most Awesomest Song of the Day is “Stars and Stripes” by TJ Zindle!!!

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The Most Awesomest Song of the Day: “North Country” by Sam Corbin!!!

Here’s a link to the complete list: https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/

I want to emphasize mostly, relatively newer music, just like on my Monday night show, “Prime Time Theme Attic.” (Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET when it returns.)

Here’s the link for when that day comes: http://rdo.fm/r/4qntu )

But I can promise this: I will not force my selections. If something doesn’t hit me, I won’t post one.

Everything I do has always been about shining a spotlight on the artist and their music.

Now I will have the potential to shine 365 more spotlights if I want to!

Please share the post to help spread the word!

Regardless of everything going on in the world that is way more important than my daily post, I will continue, nonetheless, in case someone is looking for a few minutes of respite.

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Most Michiganders have an internal compass that usually points north.

Once they can get into some heavily forested areas of the Lower Peninsula, the stress starts to dissipate, and a fun, relaxing time begins! Hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, or just breathing in the fresh tree or water smells usually unites all Michigan residents!

Philby Award winner Sam Corbin, a member of the Earthwork Music Collective, has a beautiful song on his Let the Fire Burn Strong album that captures those feelings!

Helped along with harmony vocals by Singer/Songwriter Jen Sygit and some really nice piano and organ sections, the listener arrives in the “North Country” and can almost smell the pines!

The Most Awesomest Song of the Day is “North Country” by Sam Corbin!!!

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, June 28, 2020

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,” (Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET when it returns.)

(Here’s the link for when that day comes: http://rdo.fm/r/4qntu)) on mostly alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Songs” lists!

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.

Here’s the link to the complete list of Fave Albums: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums/

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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When Rod Johnson’s baby comes around, he’ll be #1!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of June 28, 2020

1. When My Baby Comes Around—Rod Johnson
2. Lines and Spaces—Heather Pierson
3. Lost on the Range—The Whiskey Charmers
4. Here to This—Downriver Dan
5. Scarecrow—Linden Thoburn
6. No Control—Suzi Quatro [Hall of Fame]
7. 1000 Hands—Jon Anderson [Hall of Fame]
8. City Noir—Billy Brandt (Seattle Jazz Artist)
9. Soundtracks in the Sand—Deane Nesbitt, Jr.
10. All Mine—Sarah Morris
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