‘Something’ in Music 61

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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 classic cut “Can’t You See.” The song was written by Toy Caldwell of The Marshall Tucker Band.  The song was first recorded by The Marshall Tucker Band in 1973.   The tune first appeared on the band’s premiere platter The Marshall Tucker Band.  

Something new

Our “something new” this time is “Butterfly” by Kelly’s Lot.  This pretty piece is the first track off their upcoming album Another SkyKelly Zirbes sings lead vocals backed by co-producer Doug Pettibone (slide guitar, mandolin, acoustic guitar, and background vocals), Perry Robertson (acoustic guitar), Paul Kennedy(bass), Art Mendoza (drums) and Bobby Orgel (keys). 

Zirbes said it’s “the first track from our upcoming folk and roots rock release” and she hopes the song makes people smile when they listen to it.  She also said she is “sharing this as a special pre-release treat for fans” of the band.  The album is set to drop on August 28th. 

Something borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this time is “John the Revelator” performed by Jason Robert.  The song is a traditional blues call and response sng originally recorded by Blind Willie Johnson in 1930.  This exceptional adaptation of the song is off Robert’s 2019 platter The Death of Stone Stanley.

Something blue

Finally, the “something blue” this time is “I’m a King Bee.”  This famous swamp blues song was written and first recorded by American blues artist Slim Harpo.  He first recorded and released the song back in 1957.  In 2008 the tune garnered a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.

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