‘Something’ in Music 35

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Something in music: origin

One evening at a hot, trendy L.A. night club 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 old

“Something old” this time is “Smoke On The Water” by the Brit band Deep Purple.  It was first released on their 1972 platter titled Machine Head.  It’s famous central theme was developed by the group’s guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.  The track slotted in at number 434 on Rolling Stone‘s famous “500 greatest songs of all time.”

Something new

“Something new” for this edition is “Freedom” by the Ojibwe singer/songwriter and guitarist Burton Guibord.  The song is off his upcoming new platter Are We Free.  According to a recent email,  producer and engineer Gary Tanin of Daystorm Music was charged with the mastering of this “legacy material.”

Something borrowed

Our “something borrowed” is a clever cover of Led Zeppelin’s “The Ocean.”  It was written by the entire UK band for their 1973 LP Houses of the Holy.  This version is by singer/songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Ed Roman.  Roman is based in Shelburne, Ontario, Canada.  His most recent release is titled Red Omen.

Something blue

The “something blue” this time is “Boogie Chillun” (or “Boogie Chillen” first recorded by John Lee Hooker in 1948.  The song was released on a 10-inch 78rpm platter in November of that same year.  It is a solo performance with Hooker on vocals, electric guitar, and “rhythmic foot stomp.”

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 sexy or funny bride photos too!

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