‘Something’ in Music 235

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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 235

Something Old

Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “See Emily Play” recorded by the Brit band Pink Floyd. It was written by the band’s first frontman, Syd Barrett. The song was originally released as a non-album single, in 1967. It later was featured on the US version of their premiere platter The Piper at the Gates of Dawn which dropped that same year.

Something New

Our “something new” this edition is the new song and music video “Missing Someone.” Written and recorded by Texas-born singer-songwriter and musician Jaimee Harris, it features Harris on acoustic guitar and vocals; Mark Hallman on bass, drums, keys, and electric guitar; Taylor Hallman on tambourine, Andre Moran on the slide and electric guitar; and BettySoo and Kris Nelson on backing vocals. The song is the closing cut on her upcoming new album titled Boomerang Town due out early next year. (Watch for a possible review of the new work right here!)

Something Borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Dead Flowers” co-written by Rolling Stones’ icons Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The song first appeared on the band’s 1971 platter Sticky Fingers. This audio adaptation is by Jay & The Cooks. 

Jay Ryan is an expatriate singer-songwriter and fronting musician for the band. Ryan spoke of the song on social media. He said:

“I have always loved the Stones’ country rock numbers. Those Brits actually brought something new to country music (‘Honky Tonk Woman’, ‘Far Away Eyes’). I hope you like this acoustic trio version.” This cover cut was included on the group’s 2013 disc, Dutch Oven. You can read about the act’s latest album right here!)  

Something Blue

Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Angeline’s Blue Dream” by Damn Tall Buildings. Damn Tall Buildings is an “Acoustic Americana trio” consisting of multi-instrumentalist and main lyricist Max Capistran (guitar, banjo, and vocals), Sasha Dubyk (upright bass and vocals), and Avery Ballotta (violin, banjo, and vocals). The song is featured on their 2019 release titled Don’t Look Down.

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