‘Something’ in Music 193

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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 193

Something Old

Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Down By The River” by Canadian-American singer-songwriter Neil Young.  The song first appeared on his 1969 vinyl with Crazy Horse titled Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.  He said he wrote it while he was delirious with fever in Topanga Canyon.

Something New

Our “something new” here is the new single “Jenny and James” by North Carolina’s own Wes Collins.  This is an original song by the singer-songwriter and musician.  It is the album opener off his upcoming album titled Jabberwockies.  Collins co-wrote the cut with Pete Damore and Crystal Hariu-Damore.  

Something Borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” by The Four Seasons.  It was written by keyboardist Bob Gaudio and his future wife Judy Parker and featured on the group’s 1975 platter, Who Loves You.  This informal adaptation is by Oregon-based Hawaiian ukulele entertainer Sonny K.  It was recorded live, outdoors in December 2021.  K. enjoys covering familiar tunes on his ukulele. 

Something Blue

Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Glen Oak Blues” by the tuneful Texas duo Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus.  This original song is off their 2013 disc titled The Great Unknown.  The Austin-based folk-rock duo will be releasing a new album this summer named Going The Distance.  (Watch for a full review of the CD on this website.)   

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Did we mention your favorite “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”? If not, let us know. Don’t forget to send us your sexy or funny bride photos too!