Salutations, 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 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”) (“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.)
This edition our classic cut comes from Paula Cox Smith who suggested “Today” by Jefferson Airplane. This folk rock ballad goes back to 1967. It was written by two of the band members Marty Balin and Paul Kantner. It’s off the platter Surrealistic Pillow. Jerry Garcia sits in playing the poignant albeit repetitive lead guitar riff.
Something new here is the song “Everything You Need”. This track is off the new disc Vanishing Americans by Indigenous. Indigenous is an American blues-rock group founded in the 1990s by two brothers, Mato Nanji (vocals and guitar), Pte (bass), their sister, Wanbdi (drums, vocals) and their cousin Horse (percussion).
The cover cut this time is Guns N’ Roses’ version of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” which was written by Bob Dylan. Guns N’ Roses recorded their adaptation in 1992 for the Days of Thunder soundtrack which introduced the tune to a new generation. It appears on their Use Your Illusion II disc also from 1992.
Our blue bit this time is the Muddy Waters’ blues standard “Mannish Boy”. First recorded in 1955 under the title “Manish Boy” it serves as an “answer song” to Bo Diddley’s “I’m a Man”. It was written by Mel London, Bo Diddley and Waters and has a repetitive stop=time figure on one chord throughout the entire tune.
So there you have it, faithful readers, the latest edition of this series. Hopefully, you enjoyed it. (By the way, since the series was inspired by a wedding tradition, feel free to submit your bride pics for inclusion in the series, ladies!) 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.