‘Something’ in Music 174

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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 174

Something Old

Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Too Rolling Stoned” written and first recorded by English guitarist and songwriter Robin Trower. The song first appeared on his 1974 platter titled Bridge of Sighs. It became one of his live staples and was covered by the band UFO.

Something New

Our “something new” this time is the premiere single, “Tethys Express”, from the collaborative music project known as polyheDren. It’s off the upcoming Psychic album from producer and composer Dren McDonald, which is set to drop on Friday, April 29, 2022. According to an e-missive on social media, this single documents “[b]endable sock monkey leaders and followers” in this “surreal, blinky journey of the Tethys Express.” It features New York City-based violinist, vocalist, and composer Harini Raghavan a.k.a. Rini.    

Something Borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Blackbird” recorded by the Brit band the Beatles. It was written mainly by Paul McCartney and first appeared on their double album The Beatles (a.k.a. “the White Album”) which dropped in 1968. This instrumental audio adaptation is a tuneful tribute by New York-based American singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, and graphic artist John Tabacco.

It features Tabacco on guitars, drums, and programming. The song appears on his 2016 EP titled E Phant. Tabacco briefly spoke of the release on social media.

He said: “[It’s] an EP of quirky songs, instrumentals, [and] storytelling, topped off with a subconscious audio montage with more clues as to what the h*ll is going on in my life. What else could you ask for?”   

Something Blue

Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “On the Wall” by American Delta blues singer and pianist Louise Johnson. This is her most famous song and was recorded in 1930. It’s a sexually explicit tune showcasing Johnson’s piano arrangement which is loosely based on the song “Cow Cow Blues.”  

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