‘Something’ in Music 63


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 “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” by the Brit band T. Rex.  The original title, “Get It On’ was changed in the US to avoid any confusion with a tune of the same name by the band Chase.  It first appeared on their 1971 platter Electric Warrior.

Something new 

Our “something new” this edition is “Tie One On” which was written and produced by GoldFlēce.  According to the official website, GoldFlēce is a multi-instrumentalist,  visual artist, “performer, composer, songwriter, and producer.”  This upbeat, catchy cut focuses on beginning the healing process following a breakup.  

This song recalls “the good times but” returns to the harsh “reality of the breakup.”  The music is meant to underscore the heartfelt, “raw emotion.”  It features GoldFlēce on guitar, bass, drum, violin and vocal programming, Allman Goldflies Band alumnus Matt Siegal on guitar,  and brother Mike Kach of the Dickey Betts Great Southern Band on electric piano and Hammond organ. 

Something borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this edition is the song “Mean Eyed Cat” performed by Annette Conlon.  The tune was written and first recorded by Johnny Cash in 1955.  This specific adaptation of the song was recorded live from The Open Space on March 27, 2016.

Something blue

Finally, the “something blue” this time is “Living With The Blues” by Pennsylvania-based singer-songwriter and musician Jeff Fetterman.  It’s off his most recent release titled Southern Son.  It’s what your rockin’ writer calls “a slow dance song.”  (You can find the review of the entire album right here.) 

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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W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has also appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including AXS, Add To Bucket List, Examiner, Vacation Travel Deals, American Live Wire, Leisure, MAAFBox, Today's Recipe Pro, Passport Stamps, and other websites. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such print publications as the ​Daily Collegian, ElectriCITY and the ​Los Angeles Times