‘Something’ in Music 218

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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 218

Something Old

Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” recorded by Brit heavy metal rock band Judas Priest. It was co-written by band members K. K. Downing, Rob Halford, and Glenn Tipton. It first appeared on the group’s 1982 platter Screaming for Vengeance.

Something New

Our “something new” this edition is the newest single “Mark on Your Door” by New Zealander singer-songwriter and musician Peter Kearns. In a brief e-interview, Kearns was asked about the artists who contributed to the track. Kearns said Alan Johnson played drums and he played “everything else.”

More specifically, Kearns, who also produced the cut, provides the vocals and also plays “guitars, bass, [and] synthesizer.” When asked if it was intended to be part of his next album, he said the song was “probably just a single at this stage.” He concluded that it was “recorded in the South Island of New Zealand.”

Something Borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Your Song” co-written by Brit musician Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin. It was first recorded by the American rock group Three Dog Night in 1970. John’s version, released later that year, became his first international Top 10 hit.

This acoustic cover of the beloved song was recorded by the Nashville, Tennessee-based performer Shanna Hoar a.k.a. Shanna in a Dress. The American singer-songwriter and musician released this tuneful tribute in the summer of 2021. In a message on social media, Shanna said: “I love ‘Your Song’ by Elton John and Bernie Taupin! Hope you guys like it, too.” (Check out her most recent release right here!) 

Something Blue

Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “River Man’s Blues” by the “Acoustic Americana” act Damn Tall Buildings. The act currently consists of multi-instrumentalist and main lyricist Max Capistran (guitar, banjo, and vocals), Sasha Dubyk (upright bass and vocals), and Avery Ballotta (violin, banjo, and vocals). The song appears on their debut disc, Cure-All, which dropped in 2014. (Read a review of their newest release Sleeping Dogs here.)  

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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 bride photos too!