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 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. 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 first group of songs here.)
Obviously the very first song mentioned here simply must be the 1969 classic “Something” by The Beatles. This was off the album Abbey Road. It was written by George Harrison and was the first Beatles A-side Harrison had. Harrison took the title of James Taylor’s “Something In The Way She Moves” for use in the opening line of this cut. It’s also the second most covered Beatles tune having been recorded by more than 150 artists including Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Eric Clapton, James Brown, Phish and Joe Cocker.
This edition we present something new from indie singer-songwriter/guitarist Michael-Ann (Azoulai). Her recently released single “Mama’s Sleepin” is an original track that serves as a suitable sample of Americana material from her upcoming album. It’s a new number that somehow sounds like an old classic. On this countrified cut she is backed by Randy Ray Mitchell on guitar, bass and dobro and David Goodstein on drums.
The borrowed bit for this edition is The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s version of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower”. Dylan first released it in 1967 on his John Wesley Harding platter. He, himself, has performed multiple versions of it live. While it has been covered by several different acts, the most popular adaptation of the song was recorded by Hendrix and company on their Electric Ladyland LP just six months after Dylan’s version was released. The single would climb into the top 20 in 1968 and was more recently slotted in at number 47 in Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
“Something blue” here is American blues guitarist/singer-songwriter (George) Buddy Guy’s rendition of “Stone Crazy”. While writing credits sometimes go to the team of Jay Morton, Bob Morrison and Harris Morrison, Guy, a pioneer of Chicago blues, was the one who made it famous. The song was recorded in 1961 but not released until 1970 due to his label thinking it was a bit too much for the times. The tune was later slotted in at number 78 in Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time”.
So there you have it, faithful readers, the first edition of yet another new series here on usedview.com. 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!) 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.
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