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 odd, eclectic series here on ventwing.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 fun series but are actually encouraged if not downright expected to do so.
(View the photos to see the latest group of songs.)
Our “something old” offering is from sexy sometimes sidekick Suzanne Garner who submitted “Cry Me A River” by Joe Cocker. The song itself goes back to 1953. It’s a torch song that Cocker covered in 1970. It was included on his platter Mad Dogs and Englishmen. (Yes, would also work as a “borrowed” cover cut since Cocker obviously did not write it.)
“Something new” this edition is JP Blues’ “We Ain’t Going Nowhere”. It’s off his recently released recording Make Room at the Table. It is an excellent example of how he blurs lines between genres. It includes a bit of John Pagano’s a.k.a. JP Blues’ free form guitar work, a memorable counter line and the urban-edged, rap stylings of RoSe LaFt.
Facebook friend Barry Miller gives us our “something borrowed” this time around. He likes “Time of the Season” as adapted by actor and singer-songwriter Ben Taylor. Ben Taylor is the son of famous singer-songwriter James Taylor. It’s a noteworthy “remake of the Zombies original” off 1968 audio Odessey and Oracle. Taylor’s cover is from the 2008 Prom Night Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
Joanne Abu Qartoumy, number one fan of the New Blues Revolution, provides our “something blue” here. She favors the song “Good Morning Heartache” by Diana Ross as Billie Holiday (in the film Lady Sings the Blues). The song was co-written by Irene Higginbotham, Ervin Drake, and Dan Fisher. Holliday first recorded it in 1946. Ross’ version harkens back to 1972 and the single went to number 20.
So there you have it, guys and dolls, the latest edition of “’Something’” here on ventwing.com. Hope you enjoyed it. (Ladies, since the series was inspired by a wedding tradition, feel free to submit your bride pics for inclusion here.) 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.