‘Something’ in Music 144

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Something in music: origin

One evening at a hot, trendy L.A. nightclub on a rare solo outing, yours truly found himself standing alone at the bar preparing to review the upcoming act. Before he had taken more than a few notes, however, he was bookended by a pair of vivacious vixens who insisted on engaging your rockin’ writer in cozy conversation. Strangely, the subject of “marriage” arose.

One of the young ladies noted that when a gal is about to get hitched she needs “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.” Your provocative penman was immediately inspired. After all, those very same terms could be applied to music too: “Something old” or classic, “something new” or recently released, “something borrowed”, a cover, and “something blue”, a blues song or a song with “blue” in the title. The rest is history.

‘Something’ in Music 144

Something Old

Our “something old” this edition is “The Adventures of Greggery Peccary” written and first recorded by the late great American singer-songwriter, composer, musician, and bandleader Frank Zappa.  Originally titled simply “Greggery Peccary”, it first appeared on his 24th platter Studio Tan in 1978.  More recently, the song was performed live at the popular BBC Proms in 2013.

Something New 

Our “something new” for this edition is the new song “Thank You” by  This Swedish- American music collaboration known as The Vegetarians.  More specifically, The Vegetarians is headed up by composer/musician Hans Annellsson working with different singers such as John Tabacco, Marc Mollan, John Crowe, and John Marshall Gibbs.  It’s off their new album titled Bill Haley.  Written by Annellsson and Tabacco, this one features guitarist and programmer Annellsson, Sven Bornemark on organ,  Pelle Jernryd on lead guitar, Johan Phleke on harmony vocals, and Tabacco as lead singer.

In a recent e-message Tabacco briefly discussed the song’s origins and the inspiration behind it.  He said: “According to Hans Annellsson the song ‘Thank You’ (musically) sort of resembles ‘Wonderful Tonight’ in some places and he initially got the idea of having a link to Eric Clapton in the lyrics. I helped him flesh out the idea.”

Something Borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “I Am Woman” first recorded by Australian American singer-songwriter Helen Reddy for her 1971 premiere platter I Don’t Know How to Love Him.  She co-wrote it with Aussie Ray Burton.  This impassioned cover version is by American singer-songwriter and guitarist Corday. 

In an electronic missive she spoke of what inspired her to perform the anthemic feminist piece.  She had performed it live at a Women’s March in Seal Beach, California.  Corday recalls: “It got such a great response, and it was super cool to see really young girls diggin’ it too.

On this track, Corday leads the way on lead vocals, acoustic guitar and cello.  “[P]roducer Matt Thorne add[ed] all the other instrumentation.”  Guest backing vocalists include Krysta Carson, Laura Coyle, Kelly Fitzgerald,  Ali Handal, Michelle Mangione, Carmela Scalzo, Larisa Stow, Tanya Tassi, and Sean Wiggins.  

She concluded: “I hope the song underlines their belief in themselves and the reminder that they can indeed do anything.  I hope new generations of listeners will be turned on to the song when they discover my interpretation of it.”   

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If you’re in the area and would like to hear Corday perform live, check out New Blues Festival VIII.  It takes place on Saturday, November 13, at the popular Shoreline Aquatic Park, at 200 Aquarium Way, in Long Beach, California.  For tickets and/or additional information call (707) 57-Blues or visit the New Blues Festival website.

Something Blue

Finally, our “something blue” this time around is the song “Shake, Rattle and Roll.”  First recorded by Big Joe Turner and his Blues Kings, this twelve bar blues-form tune was written in 1954 by Jesse Stone (often under the name Charles F. Calhoun).  Originally released as a single, it slotted in at number 127 on Rolling Stone’s famous “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list.

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