Greetings, mirth-makers and 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”). 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.)
The “old” classic cut this edition is brought to you by your rockin’ writer’s old scout buddy and Souderton High grad Andy Wilcox. His choice: Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog”. He confessed: “I have smacked up more cars to that song than any other.”
“Black Dog” is off the band’s 1971 platter sometimes referred to as Led Zeppelin IV. The single version climbed to number 15 in the US. In 2010 it was slotted in at number 300 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
“Something new” this time is “Time” by Borislav Mitic off his new 2013 disc Electric Goddess. This is a fresh and original instrumental-based rock composition written and produced by Mitic. It’s not merely a cover of Pink Floyd’s 1973 tune “Time” or the 1980 Alan Parsons Project’s (ahem) “Time” piece.
The cover cut for this edition of the series is Muse’s adaptation of the song “Feeling Good” from the once long forgotten 1965 Broadway show The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd. It was written by the English singer-songwriters Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse. Before Muse covered it on their 2001 CD Origin of Symmetry it had also been covered by Bobby Darin, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra and George Michael.
Our blue bit this time is “Stormy Monday” by T-Bone Walker. Like a lot of old blues songs it has other names including “Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)”, “Call It Stormy Monday” and “Stormy Monday Blues”. He wrote and first recorded it in 1947. (It was later covered by the Allman Brothers, Eva Cassidy, Jethro Tull, Gary Moore and Eric Clapton.)
So there you have it, rockers and rollers, the most recent edition of this series. Hopefully, 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, 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.