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 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 briefly 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 per 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 latest group of songs.)
This edition our “something old” was submitted by Karen Swope Ransdell. She chose the classic cut “Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band. This is originally off of the 1978 platter Stranger in Town . The single was released in 1979. Listed as one of the Songs of the Century in 2001, it’s perhaps most famous for its inclusion in the 1983 Tom Cruise motion picture Risky Business.
“Something new” here this time around is “Anything”. (Mind you, if you are up to date on these articles you may already have seen the video but otherwise it is no doubt new to you.) “Anything” is the lead-in to Urbanicana the latest release by Los Angeles singer-songwriter/guitarist Pi Jacobs. It’s an original written by Jacobs.
The “borrowed” bit this edition is Joe Cocker’s rendition of The Beatles’ classic cut “With A Little Help From My Friends”. Originally the title track off his 1969 premiere platter, Cocker’s most memorable performance of this tune dates back to Woodstock where he belted it out like an old soul cut. It became his signature song and in the 1980s was used as the theme song for the hit TV show The Wonder Years.
This time we go blues crazy with American vaudeville actress- singer-pianist Mamie Smith’s “Crazy Blues”. The song was written by Perry Bradford and recorded in 1920. There were many records with blues in the title released in the decade prior but this one is reported to be the first blues record issued. It was placed in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1994 and more recently included in the TV series “Boardwalk Empire”.
So there you have it, faithful readers, the newest edition of “’Something’” here on usedview.com. Hopefully, you enjoyed it. (Ladies, since the series was inspired by a wedding tradition, feel free to submit your bride pics for inclusion here.) As always, please 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.