‘Something’ in Music 64

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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 “Somebody to Love” by the American psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane.  The song was written by guitarist Darby Slick.  It’s off the band’s 1967 platter titled Surrealistic Pillow.  It was first recorded by the short-lived San Francisco rock band called The Great Society.   

Something new 

Our “something new” this edition is “Slip One.”  This is a new versus track features a pair of Brazilian electronic musician, producer, and composerAmon Tobin’s music projects.  Specifically, it includes the bass-ripping Two Fingers and the “punked up” Only Child Tyrant.  Those in the know describe this nigh inevitable track as “three and half minutes of unrelenting breaks and bass.”      

Something borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this edition is the song “Hand In The Hand.”   The song was written by Gene MacLellan and made popular by Anne Murray in 1970.  This quick cover is an effective interlude off American singer and lyricist Kat Riggins’ new disc Cry Out(Read about it here.) 

Something blue

Finally, the “something blue” this time is the slow blues tune titled “How Long?”  This one is by American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shawn Pittman.  The song appears on his 13th and newest release Make It Right on the Continental Blue Heaven label.  (Read a review of the CD 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!