(Note: This is a special “Beatles” edition since the series began with the Beatles’ song “Something” written by George Harrison.)
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 200
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “We Can Work It Out” by the Brit band the Beatles and written By John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was first released in December of 1965 as a single and on the 1966 US album Yesterday and Today.
Our “something new” here is this relatively recent video of The Beatles’ song “Now & Then.” It was born of a 1978 demo version of a song by John Lennon. According to information on YouTube and other social media, in March 1995 the surviving Beatles recorded “a rough backing track…to be used as an overdub.” The song would have been the third single off the 1995 project Beatles Anthology, but, according to Paul McCartney, work on the track quickly ceased because George Harrison “didn’t want to do it.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Blackbird” off The Beatles’ 1968 double album, The Beatles a.k.a. “the White Album.” It was written by Paul McCartney. This tuneful tribute cover from 2020 is by Nashville, Tennessee-based singer-songwriter and musician Shanna in a Dress.
In a post on social media, she discussed her adaptation. She said: “Blackbird is one of my favorite songs of all time. I studied the Beatles for a month of my Songwriter Study and I totally love Paul McCartney.”
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is also “something borrowed.” It’s the song “For You Blue (Live)” written by former Beatle, singer-songwriter, and musician George Harrison. This is a live cover performed by Los Angeles, California-based singer-songwriter and musician Chase Cohl.
It’s off the 2016 tribute album titled George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison. On this track, she is joined by Brian Bell, Alex Levy, and Josh Lattanzi (guitar), Matt Pynn (pedal steel), Austin Scaggs (bass guitar), Matt Romano (drums), Greg Wieczorek (percussion), David Sherman (keyboards), and Peter Remm (organ). It was produced by Dhani Harrison.