‘Something’ in Music 206

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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 206

Something Old

Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “The Rain Song” by the English rock group Led Zeppelin.  It was written by band members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.  The song first appeared on the band’s 1973 platter Houses of the Holy.  It has a running time of over seven and a half minutes.

Something New

Our “something new” this edition is the debut single “Chew the Cud” recorded by Jay and The Cooks.  This song, about debates and discussions in a bar, is credited to singer-songwriter and frontman Jay Ryan and musician Stéphane Missri.  It’s off their most recent release Dried Up Dreams.

The work features Ryan on guitar and vocals, Missri on banjo and guitar, Paul Susen on fiddle and mandolin, Christian Poidevin on harmonica and dobro, Marten Ingle on bass and double bass, and Marty Vickers on drums and percussion.  (Watch for a full review of the album soon!) 

Something Borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this time is the 1971 song “If” recorded by the American soft rock band Bread and written by band member David Gates.  This unrehearsed cover is by American singer-songwriter and musician Wayne Willingham.  He spoke of it on social media saying:

“I heard that this song was released 50 years ago, and thought I’d test my memory.  This was one take and no touch-ups, recorded April 16, 2021, in my home studio.”  (Read about his latest release, Temptation Row.)

Something Blue

Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Into the Deep Blue” by American composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Paul Adams.  The track is from his 2010 album titled Heavens.  If you’d like to experience another side of Adams’ musical mind, he recently let his talent run free by releasing a new work titled This Curious Wonder under the name PD Adams.  (Read a full review of the new disc here.) 

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