‘Something’ in Music 168

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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 168

Something Old

Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Needle and the Spoon” recorded by the American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.  The song first appeared on their second platter titled Second Helping which dropped in 1974.  It was co-written by members written by Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins.  

Something New

Our “something new” for this edition is the song “Moments in a Row” by American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist David Fox.  It’s off his upcoming third solo album currently in production.  Fox recently discussed the track.

He said: “‘Moments in a Row’ was never about weather.  It’s about something ominous approaching… something dark and undefined… it’s about facing life’s tribulations by living in the present moment and surviving it together.  The past is gone… the future is unknown… all that’s real is now.”  (Look for reviews of his previous platters in future editions of the “Listen Again” series.)

Something Borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “The Court of the Crimson King” by the Brit prog-rock band King Crimson.  It appears on their 1969 debut disc, In the Court of the Crimson KingThis interesting adaptation is by the collaborative music project known as The Vegetarians.  It’s off the act’s 2011 release titled Remustered & Remixed Salad.  (Read a review of The Vegetarians’ most recent release right here!) 

Something Blue 

Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the 1929 song “I’m a Mighty Tight Woman” written and recorded by singer-songwriter and musician Sippie Wallace. Released as a single in 1929, it features Wallace on vocals and piano, Natty Dominique on cornet, Johnny Dodds on clarinet, Kid Ory on trombone, and Bill Johnson on stand-up bass.  

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