The Most Awesomest Song of the Day: “Not About You” by Joanna and The Jaywalkers!!!

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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“Eyes like fishing lures”

That is the unusual first line of today’s tune “Not About You” by Joanna and The Jaywalkers from their The Open Sea Before Me” album.

It’s an unusual turn of phrase from this Ypsilanti, Michigan band.

Or is it?

Joanna and The Jaywalkers develop their sea legs on an album with several nautical or maritime references, including the album artwork.

The cello gives the band an anchor to stabilize the baroque pop sound of “Not About You!”

The melody is catchy, and the song kicks into a higher gear when the drums are added!

Using some ambiguous phrases and quirky spacing, leaves the song open to some interesting…interpretations!

Both the album and song are on my current Faves lists!

The Most Awesomest Song of the Day is “Not About You” by Joanna and The Jaywalkers!!!

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One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded: “God Doesn’t” by Helene Cronin!!!

For as long as I’ve been on the radio, and definitely for as long as I’ve been writing a blog, I will occasionally make a reference to a song being “One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded!” (GSER)

I would usually follow that by saying that I would eventually start a category for it, but then never get around to it.

Well, now I’m getting around to it!

It will pretty much follow the pattern of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.

I’ll select a song to celebrate and then give my thoughts about it. Nothing really brand new here that hasn’t been done before. But since I have a website, I can collect them and lay out what my own greatest songs are.

My radio show, “Prime Time Theme Attic,”  is on Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET but is on hiatus because of the pandemic.

Here’s the link for when the show returns: http://rdo.fm/r/4qntu )

Even though I always emphasize new music and artists, it’s always fun to take a short drive through the legendary artists, since they influenced those other artists!

But a song doesn’t have to be old or done by a legendary Theme Attic Hall of Fame member to be thus honored.

I can think of several songs that are only a few years old or less that I could identify as One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded.

On days that I spotlight a greatest song, it will take the place of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.

This will be fun, and hopefully you will join me on my journey…at least sometimes!

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I don’t go down this road very often, but today’s selection is a powerful one for a “Sunday Song!”

Turn your hymnals to Song #143 and sing or cry along!

From last year’s “Old Ghosts and Lost Causes,”  Helene Cronin sings with the conviction that she knows what she’s singing about in “God Doesn’t.”

I don’t have to say anything else about it.

The beautiful song speaks for itself!

Maybe you will find comfort in it, or can pass it on to someone who needs it!

One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded is “God Doesn’t” by Helene Cronin!!!

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One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded: “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” by Bruce Springsteen!!!

For as long as I’ve been on the radio, and definitely for as long as I’ve been writing a blog, I will occasionally make a reference to a song being “One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded!” (GSER)

I would usually follow that by saying that I would eventually start a category for it, but then never get around to it.

Well, now I’m getting around to it!

It will pretty much follow the pattern of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.

I’ll select a song to celebrate and then give my thoughts about it. Nothing really brand new here that hasn’t been done before. But since I have a website, I can collect them and lay out what my own greatest songs are.

My radio show, “Prime Time Theme Attic,”  is on Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET but is on hiatus because of the pandemic.

Here’s the link for when the show returns: http://rdo.fm/r/4qntu )

Even though I always emphasize new music and artists, it’s always fun to take a short drive through the legendary artists, since they influenced those other artists!

But a song doesn’t have to be old or done by a legendary Theme Attic Hall of Fame member to be thus honored.

I can think of several songs that are only a few years old or less that I could identify as One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded.

On days that I spotlight a greatest song, it will take the place of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.

This will be fun, and hopefully you will join me on my journey…at least sometimes!

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Today’s song has a nice summer feeling!

And it should. It has “summer” right in its title!

Taking a wistful look at some of the accoutrements of the season, Bruce Springteen‘s “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” from his “Magic” album, has a warm and subdued sound.

He likes to refer to it as his “crooner” song, because he gets to sing like Sinatra.

Yeah. It’s not.

It only sounds like a “crooner” song because he holds some of the notes a beat or two longer than he normally does.

That and having his vocal multi-tracked several times gives the impression that he’s really belting it out.

Nonetheless, Bruce does a fine job delivering the goods on a melody that makes it easy to sing along to!

It sounds unlike most of the songs in his catalog!

One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded is “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” by Bruce Springsteen!!!

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One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded: “Bad Reputation” by Angela Perley and The Howlin’ Moons!!!

For as long as I’ve been on the radio, and definitely for as long as I’ve been writing a blog, I will occasionally make a reference to a song being “One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded!” (GSER)

I would usually follow that by saying that I would eventually start a category for it, but then never get around to it.

Well, now I’m getting around to it!

It will pretty much follow the pattern of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.

I’ll select a song to celebrate and then give my thoughts about it. Nothing really brand new here that hasn’t been done before. But since I have a website, I can collect them and lay out what my own greatest songs are.

My radio show, “Prime Time Theme Attic,”  is on Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET but is on hiatus because of the pandemic.

Here’s the link for when the show returns: http://rdo.fm/r/4qntu )

Even though I always emphasize new music and artists, it’s always fun to take a short drive through the legendary artists, since they influenced those other artists!

But a song doesn’t have to be old or done by a legendary Theme Attic Hall of Fame member to be thus honored.

I can think of several songs that are only a few years old or less that I could identify as One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded.

On days that I spotlight a greatest song, it will take the place of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.

This will be fun, and hopefully you will join me on my journey…at least sometimes!

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It’s Friday Music Fun!

Today’s selection is by multiple Philby Award winner Angela Perley and The Howlin’ Moons!

From their excellent “Hey Kid!” album, “Bad Reputation” is a high octane romp of a rock song!

Starting with guitar feedback and a spirited count in, Angela tears through the song telling you about some chick who has a “bad reputation for cheating men!”

The song’s short four line verses detail why the woman has such a negative rep.

Here’s an example:

“High heels/

Short skirt/

Mississippi girl/

Puts you to work”

I love the way Angela says, “rep-you-tay-sean!”

I love the way she sings “Oo-oo-oo-oh!”

Chris Connor, a super underrated guitar player, plays smokin’ guitar throughtout!

The band is tight!

Wicked drumming throughout!

There’s a false ending that then kicks in like, “Love Gun” by Kiss!

You can sing along or jump around!

Or both!!

One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded is “Bad Reputation” by Angela Perley and The Howlin’ Moons!!!

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The Most Awesomest Song of the Day: “Prelude to the Fall” by Friction Farm!!!

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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Until I had children, I had lived most of my life never thinking twice about killing a bug.

However, in particular my daughter, refused to let me just kill something.

If I had the opportunity to shoo something outside, that was the preferred way of handling the situation.

That included spiders.

fRICTION fARM, a duo from South Carolina consisting of Christine Stay and Aidan Quinn, takes it a little further on their song, “Prelude to the Fall,” from the album “So Many Stars.” 

I myself as well as my daughter, really don’t have a problem with swatting a mosquito, but fRICTION fARM look at it as messing with creation, or at the least an unknown Master Plan.

It’s all good fun as one gets to ponder the message in the song!

A more sympathetic song has probably never been written for the lowly mosquito.

By the way, I still try to save spiders and take them outside, and my daughter is no longer at home!

The Most Awesomest Song of the Day is “Prelude to the Fall” by fRICTION fArm!!!

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The Most Awesomest Song of the Day: “The Get Up and Go” by Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio!!!

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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Today’s selection is by the very talented and tight outfit known as Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio.

From their “Singin” album, “The Get Up and Go” is a sad slice of Bourbon Street blues.

The father has a family, but he shirks his responsibilities because he likes to leave and disappear for a while.

The mother keeps taking him back because she doesn’t like to be alone.

It’s a very compelling song, highlighted by Davy Sturtevant’s superb cornet!

The Most Awesomest Song of the Day is “The Get Up and Go” by Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio!!!

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, September 20, 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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The Joedai Warriors get their second #1 album, and Joe Peters his third!!!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of September 20, 2020

1. Prophetstown—The Joedai Warriors
2. Go on Ahead—Front Porch Lights
3. We Get By—Mavis Staples [Hall of Fame]
4. The Landing—Katie Pedersen
5. The Open Sea Before Me—Joanna and The Jaywalkers
6. High Times in the Dark—The Claudettes
7. Earn Every Scar—The Steve Taylor 3
8. Garden of Earthly Delights: An XTC Celebration—Various Artists
9. Light Magic—Strawberry Heritage
10.Red Sky Remembers—Gary Browe
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, September 20, 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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British Blues guitar ace Mick Clarke’s “Bluestring” of #1 Fave Songs reaches three!!!
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of September 20, 2020

1. BluestringMick Clarke (Diggin’ Down)
2. Bad ReputationAngela Perley and The Howlin’ Moons (Hey Kid)
3. The RideDave Solo (December 32)
4. Just One ClueMark Jewett (Love Has No Heart of Its Own)
5. Bottomless HeartThe Ragbirds (The Threshold and the Hearth)
6. Stir Me UpSarah Morris (All Mine)
7. Not About You—Joanna and The Jaywalkers (The Open Sea Before Me)
8. The Get Up and Go—Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio (Singin’)
9. Ascent—Arjun (Gravity)
10.She’s a Devil—The Wag (We Carry On)
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One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded: “Stuck in a Rhyme” by Cool King Chris!!!

For as long as I’ve been on the radio, and definitely for as long as I’ve been writing a blog, I will occasionally make a reference to a song being “One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded!” (GSER)

I would usually follow that by saying that I would eventually start a category for it, but then never get around to it.

Well, now I’m getting around to it!

It will pretty much follow the pattern of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.

I’ll select a song to celebrate and then give my thoughts about it. Nothing really brand new here that hasn’t been done before. But since I have a website, I can collect them and lay out what my own greatest songs are.

My radio show, “Prime Time Theme Attic,”  is on Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET but is on hiatus because of the pandemic.

Here’s the link for when the show returns: http://rdo.fm/r/4qntu )

Even though I always emphasize new music and artists, it’s always fun to take a short drive through the legendary artists, since they influenced those other artists!

But a song doesn’t have to be old or done by a legendary Theme Attic Hall of Fame member to be thus honored.

I can think of several songs that are only a few years old or less that I could identify as One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded.

On days that I spotlight a greatest song, it will take the place of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.

This will be fun, and hopefully you will join me on my journey…at least sometimes!

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Today’s song drives me CRAZY!

“Stuck in a Rhyme” by Cool King Chris from his “Paradigm Shift” album, has probably been on my player longer than any other song!

Actually, it’s one of two songs on the album that smack my gray matter around, but that’s a story for another day!

Putting his Thesaurus and rhyming dictionary to the test, Cool King Chris doesn’t want a moon/June lyric in his songs!

But that’s what makes me…crazy!

I never realized how our brain fills in words for where we think a song is going.

As “Stuck in a Rhyme” moves along, if you’re paying attention, your mind will constantly fill in the wrong words to complete a rhyme in the the lyrics .

The melody is fine! The guitar solo is a nice diversion!

But words are the fixed luminous points in the night sky which are large, remote incandescent bodies like the sun in this tune!

One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded is “Stuck in a Rhyme” by Cool King Chris!!!

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Summer Is Fleeting: Time For Philby Submissions!!!

The Philby Award

Another season is ready to pass on to the next one.

And that means Philby season is getting closer!

I don’t know exactly what format or how they will be presented, but they will be presented!

I do know that my string of listening to 3,000 albums every year will sadly be coming to an end.

It will still be over 1,000, but I’m not sure how far over.

Since all normalcy is out of alignment, I’m thinking of opening the doors to more than just the sliding window of 2017-2020.

I’m thinking of doing it for next year, too!

There will be another update or two regarding that in a future post.

The next section describes how to get my attention!

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I am accepting entries for Philby consideration!

So, if you’ve made some music dating back as far as 2017, I will accept that music for consideration.

If you have something older than 2016, send that, too, but identify the release date. I’m always looking for GREAT music.

For the Philbys, I’m looking for full albums.

However, if you only have a single, I’ll accept that, too. Don’t forget that I also have a Philby Hot Songs list, and more artists are releasing singles these days.

But please don’t send me an incomplete album if you have a full one.

Please don’t edit for me.

I hate that and I might not even check out the item. I don’t know why anyone would only send selected songs instead of their whole work of art for consideration.

Please don’t send me links to listen to music. That’s not how I listen to music.  And I probably won’t listen to it if you send me a link to stream it. Either send me the album to download or request my mailing address to send a physical copy.

I usually say that if your item came out later than May, it may not end up on this year’s list.

This year will be totally different than other years. I have not received any where near the amount of releases that I normally do.

It might be an excellent year to send a submission.

I will accept any genre of music. I like a variety of styles, even on the same album!

So, please e-mail your mp3s, and please make sure it is an mp3 only, to phil@philmaq.com.

If you want a physical address or have other questions, please e-mail me at the same address. Because selections will be considered for more than a single year, there isn’t an expiration date at the present.

If you want someone who will actually listen to your music, I am that person.

If you want some recognition for working hard and baring your soul, that might be me, too. I can’t make any promises, but I will listen to your music.

If you are reading this and are not a musician but know someone who is, please forward this to them.

Good luck to all who participate!
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My weekly radio show “Prime Time Theme Attic,” can be heard Mondays, 8P-10P ET when it returns.

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

It almost always includes a weekly countdown of my favorite albums or songs  and some shows feature two countdowns!

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