‘Something’ in Music 173

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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 173

Something Old

Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Sugar Magnolia” recorded by the American band the Grateful Dead.  The song was co-written by band members Robert Hunter and Bob Weir.  The well-known, country rock song was first released on the group’s 1970 platter titled American Beauty.

Something New

Our “something new” for this edition is the song “Can’t Stop This Train” performed by American singer-songwriter and musician Scott Martin.  The song is featured on his new, upcoming album titled Corner of the World.  In a recent e-missive on social media Martin discussed the song.  

He said: “Sometime in the spring of 2020, this song came to me, as I was reflecting on the non-stop chatter in my brain. My friend Terry Klein came by, we sat, distanced, on the deck in my backyard, and he co-wrote the lyric with me.”    

Something Borrowed 

Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Magic” written and recorded by the Brit band Coldplay.  It first appeared on their 2014 disc, Ghost Stories.  This tuneful tribute cover is by American singer, songwriter, and native New Yorker India Carney.

In a recent e-missive on social media, Carney commented on her Coldplay cover.  She said: “[It’s] a live, one-take of one of my most favorite songs in the world…originally performed by one of my favorite bands, Coldplay. A win – win.” 

If you’d like to hear more of Carney’s music and are in the area, she will be performing on Friday, March 4 as part of The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble’s popular Music at the Odyssey series, hosted by bassist and actor John Snow. 

The event also includes performers Alex Bloom, Ren Martinez, and the house band featuring Snow on bass, Paul Cornish on keys, Aaron Reihs on saxophone and Nate Lichtenberger on percussion.  The show starts at 8 p.m. at Los Angeles’ well-known Odyssey Theatre. Tickets are $20.00 with discounts available for seniors and students. 

Something Blue

Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “(Honey) It’s Tight Like That” by Papa Too Sweet and Harry Jones.  It was originally released as a shellac 10-inch single in February of 1929.  It features Tampa Red on guitar and Georgia Tom Dorsey on piano.  Dorsey is also credited as composer and lyricist.  

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