‘Something’ in Music 227

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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 227

Something Old

Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Pretzel Logic” written and recorded by American rock band Steely Dan. It is the title track and single from the act’s third studio platter Pretzel Logic which hit the record racks back in 1974. It peaked at number 57 on the Billboard charts. 

Something New

Our “something new” this edition is A Living Room written and produced by Los Angeles, California-based musician, and composer Amon Tobin. It was composed for art builders and curators  Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart which opened in 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to a recent email, Tobin’s “expansive, immersive installation music” is featured in “art-filled aisles…alongside areas soundtracked by Brian Eno and Beach House amongst others.”

Tobin’s “visual arts alias Shy 1” created this new “video accompaniment.” Tobin briefly discussed the project via email. He said:

“Meow Wolf commissioned me to score a space as a living soundtrack that would morph over a 20min period in a physically interactive environment. My intention was to make something sympathetic to the space but also music which could exist independently of it, making any room a living room.” Tobin’s work has been included in motion pictures (Interstellar, The Place Beyond the Pines, Closer), television shows (The Blacklist, Top Gear, Republic of Sarah), and video games (Splinter Cell, Infamous, Gran Tourismo).

Something Borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Peaceful, Easy Feeling” written by Jack Tempchin, and recorded in 1972 by the American band the Eagles for their premiere platter Eagles. This live accompanied acoustic cover is by American singer-songwriter and musician Kirby Heard. The video was first shared online in June of 2022.  

On social media Heard states simply: “[It’s] our take on ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’.” Interested in hearing some of her original material? Check out a review of her new disc right here.

Something Blue

Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Travelin’ Blues.” This song is by American singer-songwriter Karen Lawrence and Blue By Nature. The song appears on the disc titled Hard Daze which was released in 1998. Her most recent release is a blast from the past or “a legacy single” titled “Somewhere in Paradise.” This previously unreleased track recorded by Lawrence and American musician Fred Hostetler was unexplainably left off her 1983 disc Rip and Tear.  

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