Songful 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 (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.)
The “old” classic cut this edition is brought to you by Facebook friend Sam Johnson. Johnson likes the album Desolation Boulevard by Sweet. The US version of the platter—released in 1974–contains the band’s biggest hit song “Ballroom Blitz” which was written by the UK songwriting team of Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman. (The cover shot was taken outside of what is now The Viper Room, where actor River Phoenix died from a drug overdose on October 31, 1993.)
Our “something new” this edition is the song “Lonesome Valley Blues #4” as performed by Alias Means. The tune is off of his 2013 disc Light Matter. This is an original composition by Means who also produced it. (Yes, it could work as a “something blue” track too but the “new” track list is running low.)
Our “borrowed” bit this time is the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ version of Stevie Wonder’s song “Higher Ground”. It was the second single off their fourth studio release 1989’s Mother’s Milk. It was successful enough to score the band an MTV Video Award nomination. It has since gone on to be featured in many film soundtracks including Passenger 57 (1992), Walking Tall (2004), The Karate Kid (2010), and The Change-Up (2011) to name a few.
The blues tune this edition is “Hellhound On My Trail” by bluesman Robert Johnson. Johnson first recorded it in 1937. It was also the first track recorded during his final recording session in Texas on June 20, 1937 as well as the first single released from that session. Many critics consider this his best work.
So there you have it, ladies and germs, 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, 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.