‘Something’ in Music 223

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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 223

Something Old

Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Fame” recorded by Brit singer-songwriter and musician David Bowie. The funk rock song was co-written by Bowie, John Lennon, and Carlos Alomar. It was first released on his 1975 platter Young Americans and later issued as the LP’s second single.

Something New

Our “something new” this edition is the new single “The Left Hand Path” by Orion, the founder and leader of the band the Orion Experience. It’s the first single off his upcoming 2023 sophomore solo album, Tragic Magic. A recent email confirmed that the artist is inspired by such music acts as the Doors, Syd Barrett, and The Moody Blues.  

Something Borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Whiter Shade Of Pale” first recorded by the English band Procol Harum. It was co-written by Gary Brooker and Matthew Fisher, and Keith Reid and was first released in 1967. This distinctive cover cut is by German vocalist and proclaimed “queen of metal” Doro. This tribute track is taken from her debut disc Force Majeure which hit the record racks in 1989.

Something Blue

Finally, our “something blue” in this edition is the short instrumental track “Thursday Blues” by the Chicago, Illinois-based psychedelic jam band Lost Pyramids. The tune appears on their 2021 release Jams of the Week, Vol. 3. If you are interested in hearing just what the group is up to now, keep an eye out for their upcoming new release Monsters Under My Bed

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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!