‘Something’ in Music 54

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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 the hit song “Renegade.” Recorded by the American rock group Styx, it was written by band member Tommy Shaw. The song originally appeared on their 1979 platter Pieces of Eight. Some pressings of the 45 (single) were made out of translucent, red vinyl.

Something new

“Something new” this edition is the new single “Jungle War.” This new track is off London-based international DJ Paula Frost’s upcoming debut disc, an EP titled Equinox. The song was co-written with producer Joel Stoner.

Frost discussed the new tune recently on social media. She said: “It’s an anti-war protest song that reflects on the Vietnam War and the use of LSD on soldiers.”

Something borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this edition is “Dear Prudence.”  This is a cover of The Beatles’ classic from the band’s 1968 double album The Beatles (a.k.a. “The White Album.” This exceptional adaptation of the John Lennon-penned piece is by the American band Eden Automatic.

Eden Automatic was an alt-rock band co-founded by Annette Conlon and Doug Conlon. The band also included Greg Terhune and Scott Miles. The song was featured on the 2004 S.T.U.D.s, Duds, and Pick-Up Lines motion picture soundtrack.

Something blue

Finally, the “something blue” bit this time is the tune “Smokestack Lightnin’” by American blues artist Howlin’ Wolf. Wolf, who wrote the song, recorded it in 1956. It went on to become one of his most influential and popular music compositions. It was based on previous blues songs and numerous other performers later covered it.

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