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, “Theme Attic,” is on Wednesdays 2PM-4PM ET.
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.
This will be fun, and hopefully you will join me on my journey!
Fifty some years ago on Sunday July 23, I would normally be at a baseball game.
That was pretty much the pattern with my friends. If the Detroit Tigers were playing and I didn’t have any family plans, I would normally get everyone together and my brother would drop us off at Tiger Stadium.
We would take the bus home after the game heading north up Woodward Ave. which included a transfer at Warren Ave. and Trumbull.
At that point in time, we were still sitting in the left field grandstands. $2 a ticket if I remember correctly.
On July 23, the Tigers had their usual Sunday afternoon game. For some reason, and I can’t remember why, I didn’t go to the game. I think I wasn’t feeling well. Believe me, next to music, baseball was my next favorite interest, and it was a very close second! I must have been close to being on a deathbed. We were all just kids anywhere from 9 to 11 years old.
Surprisingly, someone else was able to arrange a ride to the game. When I talked to my friends later, they told me that you could see heavy smoke over the top of the stadium. They said they had no idea what was going on, but the game continued so they didn’t worry about it.
But they also said that the atmosphere at the ballpark was strange that day. People seemed on edge. They said the bus ride also began to get scary and they wanted to get out of there fast. People were screaming and yelling. Everyone made it home safely, but not without worry.
Of course, unknown to them or myself, the uprising had begun earlier that day. And it seemed to go on for several days that felt like an eternity.
And in a sense, it was.
Looking backward, I find that I am drawn to the music about the conflict.
Gil Scott—Heron was a jazz beat poet who made his debut a couple of years later.
He produced a song, that-at the time, summed up the feelings of frustrations for African Americans.
If a person could make the “Theme Attic Hall of Fame” on just one song, (and he had many more!), “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” would be it.
Back then, it was played about as often as a song could be played on all of the underground FM stations.
It’s self explanatory.
One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded is “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” by Gil Scott-Heron!!!
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