The Fall 2021 “Theme Attic” New Music Showcase Pt. 2, Wednesday, 1PM-4PM EST!!!

The 2021 Fall “Theme Attic” New Music Showcase, Pt.2 happens on Wednesday with Phil Maq from 1PM-4PM EST!!!
This is the recurring special where I play one song by each artist from albums or songs that I have yet to play.
The numbers are as follows:
96% are from the 2020 and 2021!
14 artists I have never played before!
There will be a Top 9 at 2:09 that is sort of exempt. But even then I will debut a song from a new release, and all of the album tracks I play are ones I haven’t played before!
10 of the artists on the show will have local Southeast Michigan connections!
Songs by artists will include new The Appalucians, Matt Watroba, Miss Emily, new Mark Jewett Music (His album cover for “The Lucky One” is second from the left in the banner!), Joanie Leeds, unreleased Billy Brandt Trio, Katherine Moller, Cold Tone Harvest, Liz E. Brooks (Her album cover for “Come Summer” is on the left in the banner!), new Mala Oreen, Travis Bowlin, Joe Bonamassa, Kate Hinote Music, new EllaHarp, Michael Snyder-Barker (Bark’s Tales)(His album cover for “Bark and The Pack” is in the middle of the banner!), Ben Levin Piano, Kiss the Tiger, a World Premiere Jill Jack song!, Johnny Iguana, DeeCRACKS, Spygenius (Their new Big Stir Records album cover for “Spygenius Blow Their Covers” is on the right in the banner!), new Si Kahn, Activist, Organizer & Folk Singer/Songwriter, Spook Handy – Music for all Souls, Amilia K Spicer Music, Carolina Story, Dan Bubien & The Delta Struts, Helion Prime (Their album cover for “Question Everything” is second from the right in the banner!), Pat Smillie – Vocalist / Songwriter, Eric Gnezda – Songwriter and Speaker, Danette Christine, Scott Fab, Andy Cohen Blues Player, Steven Bradley, Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite Fan Page, Mick Clarke, Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations, and more!!!
Bring some paper to jot down notes, invite a friend to listen with, and come along for the ride Wednesday from 1PM-4PM EDT with Phil Maq!
Bring some paper to jot down notes, invite a friend to listen with, and come along for the ride Wednesday from 1PM-4PM EDT with Phil Maq!
Tune in to 89.3 WHFR.FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area, ask Alexa or Siri to find the station for you, download the WHFR app, or use this special newmusicshowcase link : https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/ to stream it!!!
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The First (and Last) “Official” Philby Request for 2021 Submissions!!!

 

The Philby Award

These notices just keep getting later and later.

In a year where the Philby Awards were pushed back because I wasn’t allowed to broadcast a show until the end of March, the Top 20 Albums weren’t revealed until the middle of June.

Since I like to make sure that proper acknowledgment is given to all winners, the last Official notice happened around the first week of October.

I feel it would be a faux pas to officially request submissions until that process is complete.

My spirits were buoyed when shortly after that last post, a memory showed up in Facebook to show me that I had made this post as late as late October.

I would have been fine with that had I posted the post I’m now putting together.

However, I never finished it.

The main reason for the delay is the reason that has affected everything for almost the past two years: the pandemic.

Everything just takes longer these days no matter what it is.

Whereas what I thought was a fairly consistent process, changed immediately last March.

I’m still playing catch up.

So…………………………

I have decided to embrace the slowness!

I frequently mention that I’m not really into time, and I consider it even less at the moment.

Trying to be proactive, I started my list at the beginning of the year. That’s not very unusual for me because I work on my lists almost every day. I find that makes it “easier.”

Applying a new approach, I even tentatively filled in all one hundred slots (even at that time I had more than a hundred choices!) and included anticipated releases from former Philby winners.

Of course, at the time I did it, I wasn’t even broadcasting and not quite sure how many albums might be released.

I thought the process would make me more focused in a structured format while I was still working on last year’s Philbys.

I found out I really didn’t like a rigid approach to listening to music.

It wasn’t as much fun.

I prefer the serendipity of discovering new music–even if many of those same artists happen to reappear on the final list.

I ended up removing almost all of the albums except for ones that I knew inside and out.

That’s what’s important to me: really delving deeply into an artistic release!

Anyway, that’s pretty much the backstory for the launch of this year’s Philbys, which are tentatively scheduled to begin on December 15th. (Only one month???!!!)

Because I’m not into strict timeframes, I’m looking for albums (or singles if they are truly stand alone singles) from the years 2018-2021.

Although most slots are probably already filled on my Hot Songs list because it is based strictly on my weekly Faves lists, there are still a few weeks to catch my attention with a snappy song.

And even though the Philbys start in a month, my Best Albums list probably won’t start to be revealed until February.  Therefore, there’s actually still plenty of time to possibly captivate me to make the list!

In addition, I intend to consciously work even more slowly and methodically than usual. The world is still somewhat unpredictable, and I want to include weekly shows being susceptible for rescheduling under that umbrella because of inclement weather.

My usual attachment concrning submissions–which I don’t intend to update for now, does mention that last minute additions will be more difficult to grab my attention, but it happens every year, and I see no reason why this year should be any different.

Once again, I am looking for music releases from the years 2018-2021.

However, as I’ve stated many times over the years and will continue to do so, the main requirement is quality music no matter what year it is!

The 2020 Best Album Philbys contained music from as far back as 1970, so who knows what I might find “brilliant!”

Good luck to all who submit recordings!!!

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Here’s a section on submissions:

I am accepting entries for Philby consideration!

The album selections are made from a sliding four year pool of music.

The pool for 2021 is 2018-2021.

One of the reasons that I use a multiple year submission scale is that just getting music out to the world is sometimes difficult for an artist.

A lot of them are not really wired for self promotion.

Making music is totally different than drumming up interest in it, especially for independent musicians.

Yes, there are promoters that can help with that. And nothing against promoters because they have a role to play. But they cost money, and the artist already had to pay to record the music, and may not be prepared for the process of promoting it.

After looking at how some other independent awards are handled, I figured a four year window allows me enough time to serendipitously run across someone’s music.

I have told this story several times, but I try very hard to listen to everything that is submitted.

Although I work on my list, starting literally on January 1st, using a four year sliding window, I carry over some of what would qualify from the prior years.

So, if you’ve made some music dating back as far as 2018, I will accept that music for consideration.

If you have something older than 2018, 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 one.

So, please don’t edit for me.

I dislike 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.

Every year I say that if your item came out later than May, it may not end up on this year’s list. So it’s possible that submissions entered now may only be considered for 2021. (It sounds so good to think of 2020 being finished!)

However, 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 “Theme Attic,” can be heard Wednesdays, 1PM-4PM ET!

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

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

There’s plenty of other musical things to browse on my website!

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

Here’s a link for the complete history of all the Fave Songs: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-songs/!

Another list that you might find interesting is my list for “The Most Awesomest Songs of the Day”: https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/!

If you’d like to know what I think are even better than the awesome songs, have a look at “The Greatest Songs Ever Recorded”:https://philmaq.com/the-greatest-songs-ever-recorded/! Occasionally, an “awesome song” crosses over to become a “Greatest Song!”

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here: https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/!

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement! https://philmaq.com/philbys/!

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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Phil’s Faves: Albums, November 7, 2021

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 2:09” segment of my “Theme Attic Show,” Wednesdays 1PM-4PM ET on mostly alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Songs” lists!

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

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 history of all the Fave Albums: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums/!

There’s plenty of other musical things to browse!

Here’s a link for the complete history of all the Fave Songs: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-songs/!

Another list that you might find interesting is my list for “The Most Awesomest Songs of the Day”: https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/!

If you’d like to know what I think are even better than the awesome songs, have a look at “The Greatest Songs Ever Recorded”:https://philmaq.com/the-greatest-songs-ever-recorded/! Occasionally, an “awesome song” crosses over to become a “Greatest Song!”

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here: https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/!

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement! https://philmaq.com/philbys/!

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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Joanie Leeds and All the #1 Ladies stay #1 for a second week!!!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of November 7, 2021

1. All the Ladies—Joanie Leeds
2. Serious Issues—DeeCRACKS
3. The Far Si: The Si Kahn Funny Song Sing—Along Song Book—Matt Watroba
4. Secondus—Travis Bowlin
5. After You—Cold Tone Harvest
6. Tea and Tunes—Katherine Moller
7. Collaboration—Warriors, Zombies, and Other Joedai Pilgrims
8. Wow and Flutter—Amilia K.Spicer
9. Thieves and Yesterdays—Dan Bubien and The Delta Struts
10.Love’s Middle Name—Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles

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Phil’s Faves: Songs, November 7, 2021

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, Theme Attic,” heard Wednesdays 1PM-4PM ET!

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

This list forms the basis of my countdown list on the “Top 9 at 2:09” segment of my 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/

There’s plenty of other musical things to browse!

Here’s a link for my weekly Faves Album lists:
philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums

Another list that you might find interesting is my list for “The Most Awesomest Songs of the Day”:https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/

If you’d like to know what I think are even better than awesome songs, have a look at “The Greatest Songs Ever Recorded”:https://philmaq.com/the-greatest-songs-ever-recorded/! Occasionally, an “awesome song” crosses over to become a “Greatest Song!”

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here:https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement! : https://philmaq.com/philbys/

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 Power of Love” lifts Lucrecia Lopez Sanz to her third #! Faves Song!!! (Two are with The Bayonets!!)
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of November 7, 2021

1. The Power of Love—Lucrecia Lopez Sanz (Single)
2. Lucky Rocks—Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles (Love’s Middle Name)
3. Open My Eyes—Becki Digregorio (Seven Worthies…of the Bamboo Grove)
4. Always in Between—Tom Curless and The 46% (Almost Ready for the Future)
5. It’s Happening Here—J.C. And The Disciples (Single)
6. One Month in the Hole—Bobby Pennock (Single)
7. Dangerous Love—Angela Perley (4:30)
8. Talk to Me—Makoto (Spirit of the Island)
9. Keep Diggin’—The Stone Souls (The Stone Souls)
10.Life Out of Control—Linden Thoburn (Scarecrow)
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Judgement Day on “Theme Attic,” 1PM-4PM EST, Wednesday, November 10, 2021!!!

I don’t know why, but I seem to be paying more attention to music with religious references.
It could be that I’m thinking about my own mortality, or that for the past year and a half, staring into the jaws of a pandemic makes one think about it more often.
I’ve never done a gospel show, and I’m not this time either.
I think?
However, I will be playing songs with religious references on my Judgement Day “Theme Attic Show,” Wednesday, with Phil Maq, from 1PM-4PM EST!!!
I figure one way or another, some kind of reckoning will have to happen anyway.
Don’t worry. I’ll still have a mixture of musical styles.
I mean, the Top 9 at 2:09 won’t quite follow the theme!
Plus there will be 18 artists with connections to Southeast Michigan!!!
But if this isn’t your kind of “chalice,” I’ll understand.
Just come back next week when my theme changes!
Bring a snack, invite a friend to listen, and come along for the ride Wednesday from 1PM-4PM EDT with Phil Maq!
Tune in to 89.3 WHFR.FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area, ask Alexa or Siri to find the station for you, download the WHFR app, or use this special judgmental link : https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/ to stream it!!!
Feel free to share and spread the fun!
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Phil’s Faves: Albums, October 31, 2021

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 2:09” segment of my “Theme Attic Show,” Wednesdays 1PM-4PM ET on mostly alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Songs” lists!

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

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 history of all the Fave Albums: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums/!

There’s plenty of other musical things to browse!

Here’s a link for the complete history of all the Fave Songs: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-songs/!

Another list that you might find interesting is my list for “The Most Awesomest Songs of the Day”: https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/!

If you’d like to know what I think are even better than the awesome songs, have a look at “The Greatest Songs Ever Recorded”:https://philmaq.com/the-greatest-songs-ever-recorded/! Occasionally, an “awesome song” crosses over to become a “Greatest Song!”

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here: https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/!

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement! https://philmaq.com/philbys/!

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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Joanie Leeds, with some assistance of “All the Ladies,” places her second #1 Faves Album!!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of October 31, 2021

1. All the Ladies—Joanie Leeds
2. Serious Issues—DeeCRACKS
3. Secondus—Travis Bowlin
4. Wow and Flutter—Amilia K.Spicer
5. The Far Si: The Si Kahn Funny Song Sing—Along Song Book—Matt Watroba
6. After You—Cold Tone Harvest
7. One of These Days—The Regulators
8. Tea and Tunes—Katherine Moller
9. Vicious Kid—Kiss the Tiger
10.Love’s Middle Name—Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles

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Phil’s Faves: Songs, October 31, 2021

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, Theme Attic,” heard Wednesdays 1PM-4PM ET!

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

This list forms the basis of my countdown list on the “Top 9 at 2:09” segment of my 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/

There’s plenty of other musical things to browse!

Here’s a link for my weekly Faves Album lists:
philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums

Another list that you might find interesting is my list for “The Most Awesomest Songs of the Day”:https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/

If you’d like to know what I think are even better than awesome songs, have a look at “The Greatest Songs Ever Recorded”:https://philmaq.com/the-greatest-songs-ever-recorded/! Occasionally, an “awesome song” crosses over to become a “Greatest Song!”

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here:https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement! : https://philmaq.com/philbys/

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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Tom Curless and The 46% aren’t “Always in Between” because this week they are #1!
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of October 31, 2021

1. Always in Between—Tom Curless and The 46% (Almost Ready for the Future)
2. Lucky Rocks—Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles (Love’s Middle Name)
3. The Power of Love—Lucrecia Lopez Sanz (Single)
4. Open My Eyes—Becki Digregorio (Seven Worthies…of the Bamboo Grove)
5. It’s Happening Here—J.C. And The Disciples (Single)
6. One Month in the Hole—Bobby Pennock (Single)
7. Pirates—Joanna and The Jaywalkers (The Open Sea Before Me)
8. Graveyard Train—Wild Ponies (Radiant)
9. The Warning—Robin Tucker (The Way Out)
10.Boss HogShwizZ (ShwizZ II)
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It’s a 6th Prime Time Anniversary on Wednesday’s “Theme Attic,” 1PM-6PM EDT!!!

I used to do a Monday night show, too, called, ahem, “Prime Time Theme Attic.”
Even though it disappeared a couple of years ago, I like to remember it around its anniversary.
Wednesday’s “Theme Attic” with Phil Maq will be similar in spirit: It will be supersized, from 1PM-6PM EDT! The last two hours (4-6), will be mostly Jazz as I fill in for Mr. Jags this week for “Afternoon Jazz!”
Some big things will be included for the 1PM-4PM EDT section: My first interview in almost two years!!!
JC of Jc & The Disciples and Vern from Second Hand Mojo are putting on a show this Saturday, November 6th at The Old Miami in Detroit!
Jc & The Disciples‘ album, “Hammered,” was my Philby Album of the Year for 2019, and they will be playing several songs from it this weekend! We set up an interview and discuss new musical horizons as well as their rockin’ Saturday night show!!!
Second Hand Mojo are new to “Theme Attic,” but they will become familiar to listeners going forward!
Besides that, a new entry to my “Theme Attic Hall of Fame”– Pink Floyd, will be highlighted!
And a Top 9 at 2:09 album Countdown adds to the festivities!
Some post Halloween seasonal songs will add some additional “color” to the show!
There will be tunes from at least 12 Southeast Michigan artists over the complete show!!!
Pack a snack, invite a friend to listen, and come along for the ride Wednesday from 1PM-4PM EDT with Phil Maq!
Tune in to 89.3 WHFR.FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area, ask Alexa or Siri to find the station for you, download the WHFR app, or use this special primetimejcandvern link : https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/ to stream it!!!
Feel free to share and spread the fun!
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One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded: “The Creature From the Tub” by Andrew Gold!!!

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!

My radio show, “Theme Attic,”  is on Wednesdays 1PM-4PM ET.

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

The Greatest Songs 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.

Here’s a link to have a look at “The Greatest Songs Ever Recorded”: https://philmaq.com/the-greatest-songs-ever-recorded/! Occasionally, an “awesome song” crosses over to become a “Greatest Song!”

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!

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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One of the first group of songs that I wrote about in my blog was my favorite 13 Halloween Hauntings!

The posts are long in need of an upgrade.

They also deserve more attention!

Here’s my attempt to do both!

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Ooooooooo!

This one is really scary—especially if you’re a little kid!!!!

It’s bad enough that you have to take a bath when you’re young, but all of the dirty water might cause an apparition to appear: THE CREATURE FROM THE TUB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was the mid 1990’s and Andrew Gold, [Hall of Fame], had young children. He took a look around the Halloween musical landscape and didn’t like what he saw—or heard. Outside of a couple of Rhino Records collections, or the CDs that rhyme with “Drew’s,” there really wasn’t much to choose from. There was the old tried and true, and either boring, done to “death,” or just plain awful choices. So he did what any father who’s a musician that noticed there was a hole in the musical spectrum would do: He decided he’d make his own family fun music.

Not only did he put together 10 solid songs on one CD, “Halloween Howls,” but he also made one of the best Halloween albums of all time!

To me, the best song on the album is “The Creature from the Tub!”

While Andrew sings the lyrics, he does an excellent job describing the bathtub textures and scene. To authenticate the experience, you get to listen in on the mother and son talk about it. The music is a staccato metronome type of beat to simulate dripping water. The musical interludes have nice little synthesizer fills.

And the lyrics are ultra cute.

Andrew sings the song from the perspective of the boy and gets to describe the tub water as getting “slimy” “icky,” and “sticky” and hopes the monster “doesn’t lick me.” He even tells his “mommy, it’s not funny.” It is possibly the cutest and most creative song about a monster you may ever hear!

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I have plenty of other musical areas to explore:

Here’s a link for my weekly list of Fave Songs:

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

Here’s a link for my weekly Fave Album lists:
philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here: https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/!

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement! https://philmaq.com/philbys/!

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

#TheCreatureFromtheTub @AndrewGold #HalloweenHowls #13HalloweenHauntings #PhilMaq  #OneoftheGreatestSongsEverRecorded #GSER

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One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded: “My Son, the Vampire” by Allan Sherman!!!

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!

My radio show, “Theme Attic,”  is on Wednesdays 1PM-4PM ET.

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

The Greatest Songs 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.

Here’s a link to have a look at “The Greatest Songs Ever Recorded”: https://philmaq.com/the-greatest-songs-ever-recorded/! Occasionally, an “awesome song” crosses over to become a “Greatest Song!”

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!

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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One of the first group of songs that I wrote about in my blog was my favorite 13 Halloween Hauntings!

The posts are long in need of an upgrade.

They also deserve more attention!

Here’s my attempt to do both!

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I swear (Of course I do.), this song always makes me laugh. Not because it’s so good. But because it’s so baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad! It’s the only Halloween song I can think of where one of the monster’s actually has an offspring.

Allan Sherman was a comedian, who peaked in the 60’s. He made a series of silly comedy albums that usually included song parodies. Sherman was best known for a brilliant musical letter home from camp known as “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah.” He was the “Weird Al” Yankovic of his time—but he really couldn’t sing. He was just funny.

Anyway, back to the song. It starts with something falling over. Music stands? Sticks?
Hardened nuclear waste? I don’t know. It’s like an abstract, avant garde beginning, giving the song way more credibility and class. When I listen to it, especially, if it’s something I’ve edited, I skip this part. It just delays the “good” parts of the song.

Doing a terribly bad imitation of Dracula, the chorus consists of him shouting “BLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD”

The verses are pure, stupid genius where Allan rhymes long lines that end with the likes of “dental floss” and “Red Cross.” His dad actually is warning people to stay away from him because he needs “BLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!” What a good thing for a father who is  disappointed in his son to do!

The music is cool lounge Jazz with purposely placed wrong piano notes, muted drums, and nicely accented cymbals. Towards the end, there is even some cowbell … and woodblock! The total effect is a dark brooding song with silly words constructed to keep the listener off balance. There’s even a “ratchet” sound throughout to make the song even more irritating.

But the ultimate irritation is when I play this tune around other people—for them, not for me.

I’m usually too busy laughing!

It is a relatively unknown Halloween classic!

One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded is “My Son the Vampire” by Allan Sherman!!!

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I have plenty of other musical areas to explore:

Here’s a link for my weekly list of Fave Songs:

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

Here’s a link for my weekly Fave Album lists:
philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here: https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/!

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement! https://philmaq.com/philbys/!

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my

Facebook page, Phil Maq!

MySontheVampire #AllanSherman #HalloweenHauntings #PhilMaq  #OneoftheGreatestSongsEverRecorded #GSER

 

 

 

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