Phil’s Faves: Songs, February 5, 2012

This will be a personal 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.

Duane Eddy gets a “lonely” turn at the top! As a matter of fact, there are three lonely songs on this pre-Valentine’s Day chart. I don’t think that’s a commentary on my personal life. It’s more about what’s out there and what I’m listening to. I like the list! It’s got a lot of variety! But watch out for that Sara Groves song. It’s gooooooooo-oooooooooood!

Top Ten Songs for the Week of February 5, 2012

1. The Lonely One—Duane Eddy
2. Hawaiian Boogie—George Bedard and The Kingpins
3. Best Love—Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers with Paul McCartney
4. Lonely Boy—The Black Keys
5. In My Arms—Glen Campbell with Brian Setzer, Chris Isaak, & Dick Dale
6. Get Yourself Another Fool—Paul McCartney
7. Lonesome Suzie—Blood, Sweat, & Tears
8. Brazil—Rich Ridenour
9. Scientists in Japan—Sara Groves
10. 7th Galaxy—Dennis Coffey

1) “The Lonely One”—My favorite Duane Eddy song makes it to the top! I don’t know how many times I’ve listened to this in the past week, but I can’t believe I let it disappear for years at a time. I’m telling you again. There is so much great music out there that has been forgotten or overlooked!
2) “Hawaiian Boogie”—A too short run on top for George Bedard and The Kingpins, but I’m sure it will make an occasional appearance in the future! It’s too good NOT to return!
3) “Best Love”—Still hanging around and for a good reason. It’s a GREAT song! I hope Steve Martin wins a Grammy for his “Rare Bird Alert” CD!
4) “Lonely Boy”—Starting to fall, but I’ve gotten a lot of enjoyment from this song for the past couple of months!
5) “In My Arms”—This might be the best “pop” song in the past year! It’s got a kick to it, and it’s fun!
6) “Get Yourself Another Fool”Paul McCartney lays it on the line in a Frank Sinatra type of approach. This song is smooth…and cooooooooool!
7) “Lonesome Suzie”—This song is from “Blood, Sweat, and Tears 3.” There are a ton of dynamics in the arrangement and the singing ranges from almost cooing to a full on howl by David Clayton Thomas. The horns sound great but Thomas outshines them all as he offers hope to the Suzie in the song!
8) Brazil”Rich Ridenour breathes incredible life into a standard that many orchestras just go through the motions when playing it. Besides his enthusiastic interpretation on the piano, he is ably assisted by a percussion section that tries to match him with equal vigor! Check it out at!
9) “Scientists in Japan”—I was blown away the first time I heard this melodic haunting song! I continue to be stunned by this song. It’s from Sara Groves‘ most recent CD, “Invisible Empires.” I’m sure there are other good songs on this album. I’ll eventually get to them, once I get past this one. The lyrics are incredible, too: “Rob from Peter to extend Paul’s life/Because dying ain’t no way to die.” I’m telling you. Stunning!!!
10) “7th Galaxy”—I heard this one a couple of more times this last week when Don Cornelius passed away because Dennis Coffey had appeared on Soul Train. I just love hearing it on the radio!


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