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.
It’s a dozen straight weeks at the top for Jessica Dayle and “Summertime!” Autumn and Lindsay Lou is eyeing that top spot, though……………………
Top Ten Songs for the Week of October 21, 2012
1. Summertime—Jessica Dayle
2. The Leaves Are Changing—Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys
3. Haunted Castle—The Kingsmen
4. Mumbo Jumbo—The Tail Gators
5. Hellbound Train—Savoy Brown
6. Maybe I’ll Fly—Barbara Lynn Doran
7. Death Trap—Charlie Peacock
9. Earthtones—Ted Nugent
10. Don’t Fear the Reaper—Bobtown
1) “Summertime”—Alright, I have to admit it…I still like Jessica Dayle’s song more than all of the others! Get it at itunes.com!
2) “The Leaves are Changing” —Lindsay Lou & The Flatbelly’s hang around at the runner up spot for a second week. The song is a nice contrast to the other Halloween songs I’ve been listening to!
3) “Haunted Castle”—A relatively unknown instrumental classic from The Kingsmen that was the flip side of “Louie Louie.” It’s a nice spooky-lite Halloween instrumental that’s really hard to find! I suggets you look for it at youtube.com.
4) “Mumbo Jumbo”—Another voodoo song and another title track from a band that is at the top of it’s game! This is an off beat song that can really pump up your Halloween party!
5) “Hellbound Train”—Savoy Brown has put long extended jams on many of their albums over the years. “Hellbound Train” is the title track from a 70’s album, and it just happens to be the best song on it. It’s a really cool song and should be played VERY LOUD!
6) “Maybe I’ll Fly”—Barbara Lynn Doran is flying a little lower this week, but it’s been a good run!
7) “Death Trap”—Charlie Peacock sticks around with his Randy Newman-esque wordplay about arguments!
8) “Tecolote”—“Tecolote” is taken from Bread’s “Guitar Man” album, and the band shows its teamwork with inventive instrumental work. There’s a nice organ solo, that follows a blistering guitar solo, and Mike Botts’ drumming sounds otherworldly and hypnotic! This song was never meant for Halloween, but it more than meets the requirements!
9) “Earthtones”—I am judging this song strictly on its merits. I think it is a very catchy rock song. Ted has been known to compose a few over the years. And by doing an instrumental, he doesn’t have to say anything………………
10) “Don’t Fear the Reaper”—A group known as Bobtown, originating out of Battle Creek, Michigan, took on what I consider to be a classic Halloween song from the mid-Seventies, that leaves the listener cold and haunted!