‘Something’ in Music 224

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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 224

Something Old

Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Nowhere Man” by the English band the Beatles. It was written by band leader John Lennon. The song was originally released on the 1965 platter Rubber Soul except in the US and Canada, where it debuted as a single in 1966 before being included on the LP Yesterday and Today

Something New 

Our “something new” this edition is the newest song and official music video “Big Body.” It’s by the American 24-year-old independent songwriter and vocalist Itai. His current signature sound is influenced by the blues, hip-hop, lo-fi, neo-soul, rap, and R&B. According to a recent post on social media, Ita considers his music to be “a journal” of his various feelings.

Something Borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “How Soon Is Now?” The song was recorded by English rock band the Smiths and written by singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr. It was originally a B-side of the 1984 single “William, It Was Really Nothing.”

This rockin’ cover is by the American band known as Speedbuggy USA. According to a recent e-communique, the act has “gone through a thorough rebranding as of late, hitting a country/alt-rock/hillbilly metal sound.” It features Timbo (vocals, guitar, and mandolin), Seth von Paulus (lead guitar), Patrick Dennis (bass), Mike McNamara (drums), and Greg McMullen (pedal steel). It’s off their forthcoming full-length album, Sonic West.  

Something Blue

Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Leave My Blues At Home” by Greg Allman and first appeared on the Allman Brothers Band’s 1970 platter Idlewild South, This live performance by the American act the Melody Trucks Band was recorded live at the famous Grand Opera House in Macon, Georgia, in 2019. Melody Trucks, who leads the way on vocals and percussion, is the daughter of Allman Brothers Band founding member and drummer Butch Trucks. She co-fronts the well-known Allman Family Tribute, Brother And Sister, with her brother Vaylor, and co-hosts the entertaining “Blue Jay Concert Series” in her old hometown of Jacksonville at the popular Blue Jay Listening Room. According to a recent email, Trucks’ new band includes Trucks (vocals and percussion), Josiah Page (bass), Ryan Gregg (keyboards), Yattie Westfield (drums), and Scott Boyer and Jaden Lehman (guitar).  

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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!