‘Something’ in Music 221

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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 221

Something Old

Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “I Know I’m Losing You.”  The song was first recorded by The Temptations in 1966 and co-written by group members Cornelius Grant, Eddie Holland and Norman Whitfield.  This version was recorded by the Motown rock band Rare Earth and was featured on their 1970 platter titled Ecology. 

Something New

Our “something new” this edition is the newest single, “Fly Me to the Moon”, recorded by American jazz singer and songwriter Halie Loren.  It’s her live rendition of the 1954 song written by Bart Howard.  Loren recorded it in Tokyo, Japan’s Cotton Club in 2015. 

According to her official website, ‘until now [it’s] only been available in Japan, Korea, and several additional regions in Eastern Asia.”  Now Loren’s fans and other assorted music lovers can hear it on the digital release titled Live at Cotton Club.  

Something Borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “California Dreamin’” which was co-written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas and first recorded by American singer-songwriter Barry McGuire in 1965.  The Mamas and the Papas who sang backup vocals on the original release, also released their version of it later that same year.  This tuneful tribute is by the Los Angeles, California-based country group known as CALICO the band.

The band features KP Hawthorn (lead vocals), Manda Mosher (harmony vocals), Kaitlin Wolfberg (violin and harmony vocals), Neal Casal (electric 12-string guitar), Greg Leisz (pedal steel), Patrick Warren (keys), Johnny Hawthorn (acoustic 12-string guitar), Ted Russell Kamp (bass), Matt Lucich (drums), and Kristin Juel, Alice Wallace, Casal, Hawthorn, Kamp, Liesz, Mosher, and Wolfberg (choir vocals). 

Something Blue

Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Dirty Deal Blues” recorded by US-based English singer-songwriter, and musician Dan Melchior.  The song is off his 2018 Swashbuckling Hobo Records release the folksinger’.  The release was originally available digitally and on red and black vinyl.

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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!