‘Something’ in Music 216

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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 216

Something Old

Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Proud Mary” covered by the American singing act known as Ike and Tina Turner in 1971. The song was written by singer-songwriter John Fogerty and was first released by his band Creedence Clearwater Revival on their 1969 platter titled Bayou Country.

Something New

Our “something new” this edition is the new single “Coming Home.” It was co-written by Asheville, North Carolina-based singer-songwriter and musician Anya Hinkle and Japanese composer and banjoist Akira Satake. In a recent email, Hinkle discussed the song.  

She said: “Akira had written a beautiful instrumental called ‘Coming Home’ and asked me to write lyrics to go with it. When I asked him what the song was about, he shared some memories of his childhood in Osaka, Japan. I tried to capture the details of the sounds, sights, tastes, and smells of Japan in late summer—children playing baseball in the city, the smells of food cooking as you wander through narrow alleys, the sounds of bicycles and trains, the resounding songs of cicadas. It’s a pleasure collaborating again with Akira.”  

Something Borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Come As You Are” recorded by the American grunge rock band Nirvana and written by guitarist and frontman Kurt Cobain. It first appeared on their 1992 disc, Nevermind. This comparatively calm cover is by the award-winning, New York City-based singer-songwriter, musician, and producer Lili Roquelin. Roquelin’s intimate audio adaptation originally appeared on her 2019 release titled Be Inspired and provides listeners with a new take on a nigh-classic cut.

Something Blue

Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Out of the Blue” recorded by American singer-songwriter Karen Lawrence. The song was written by Lawrence and guitarist Fred Hostetler. The song is off the 1986 disc titled Rip and Tear on Revolver Records.  

According to a recent email, Lawrence is now prepping for the upcoming release of “a legacy single” titled “Somewhere in Paradise.” This previously unreleased track recorded by Lawrence and Hostetler was unexplainably left off Rip and Tear but is now set to drop on August 5th. (Watch for more news about this song in a future edition!)

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