Greetings, music fans and welcome to “‘Something’ in Music”. Recently, your sometimes socially inept, shy, innocent white boy writer had an atypical conversation about marriage with some attractive, young ladies in a trendy, hip club. This led to a discussion of wedding traditions.
Specifically, when a gal gets married she’s supposed to wear “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue”. That one comment (and a few cherry vodka and Cokes) was basically all it took to give birth to the idea behind this brand new series here on usedview.com.
Here we shall (ahem) examine various songs in four different categories: classic songs (“something old”, newer numbers (“something new”), cover cuts (“something borrowed”) and blues songs and/or songs with the word “blue” in the title (“something blue”). As usual, readers are not only welcome to contribute to this new series but are actually encouraged if not downright expected to do so.
(View the list to see the newest batch of songs here.)
“Whole Lotta Love”
The “old” classic cut this edition is brought to you by Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Ali Handal. Handal enjoys the hit song “Whole Lotta Love” and says that it’s “sooooooo sexy!” This one is off of Led Zeppelin’s 1969 release Led Zeppelin II. It was their first hit single in the US and is highlighted by the loose blues riff and its compound AABA form. (Your rascally writer is so proud of himself for not making a remark about having a “whole lotta love” for all the ladies out there and for avoiding any reference to making love to big girls . . . yup, real proud . . .)
Something new” this time around is “Morning Gasoline” by The Michael Louis Band. This is the titular track from the new disc Morning Gasoline. It’s written by Louis—lead singer and guitarist for the band–and is an MMM Records release. It’s said to be “Brooklyn Swamp Music at its best.”
“I Put a Spell on You”
The cover cut for this edition is Creedence Clearwater Revival’s adaptation of “I Put a Spell on You” which was written and released by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins back in 1956. Hawkins never hit the charts with it but later bands such as CCR would score with it. Their version was on their premiere platter the self-titled Creedence Clearwater Revival which came out in 1968. The cover made it to number 58 on the US Hot 100 in 1968.
The “something blue” song this time around is “Spoonful” by the legendary Willie Dixon. Dixon wrote it but the tune was first recorded by Howlin’ Wolf in 1960. It’s based on Charley Patton’s piece “Spoonful Blues” from 1929 which was derived from the 1927 tune “Cocaine Blues” by Luke Jordan and the 1925 number “All I Want Is A Spoonful” by Papa Charlie Jackson. The musical message focuses on a man’s search to satisfy his hungers for such things as love, sex and drugs.
So there you have it, readers, the latest edition of this series. Hope you enjoyed it. (Don’t forget, since the series was inspired by a wedding tradition; feel free to submit your bride pics for inclusion here, gals!) Feel free to submit your favorite classic cuts, new numbers, covers and blues tunes for inclusion here. It’s all about sharing the music.
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.