‘Something’ in Music 222

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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 222

Something Old

Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Only Time Will Tell” recorded by the English rock supergroup known as Asia. This song was co-written by band members Geoff Downs and John Wetton. It was the second single off their premiere platter, Asia, which dropped in 1982.

Something New

Our “something new” this edition is the new single and music video “Katamaran” from Los Angeles, California-based singer-songwriter and producer Kennedy. In a recent email, Kennedy and company described the track as “an end of summer single for automatons looking to escape the urban blight of postmodern cities. [It] blends Beach Boys pop themes with Giorgio Moroder’s ecstatically arpeggiated production.” The track is off Kennedy’s eponymous first full-length platter.    

Something Borrowed 

Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Sealed With A Kiss” co-written by Gary Geld and Peter Udell and originally recorded by the American vocal group the Four Voices in 1960. This clever cover version is by American singer-songwriter Karen Lawrence and The Pinz. It appears on their 1981 disc titled Girl’s Night Out.  

According to a relatively recent email, Lawrence is prepping for the 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.  

Something Blue

Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Blues So Bad” co-written by Levon Helm and Henry Glover. This tuneful tribute is by Louisiana blues guitarist Tab Benoit. This track first appeared on his 2005 release titled Fever For The Bayou.

The cut features Benoit on lead vocals and guitar, Carl Dufrene on bass, Jimmy Carpenter on saxophone, Daryll White on drums, Cyril Neville on percussion and vocals, and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux on tambourine and vocals. If you would like to hear more of Benoit’s music and are in the area, you’re in luck! Benoit is currently on the road again.

Here is his current calendar for September:

* With Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Check his official website for more information!

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