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'Something' in Music 21

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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

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.)

Something Old
Something Old Courtesy of TOO

Something Old

Our “something old” this time comes from the lovely Suzanne Garner.  She submitted Joe Cocker’s “Hitchcock Railway”.  The song was written by Don Dunn and Tony McCashen.  It’s off of his 1969 platter Joe Cocker!  It’s the fifth track on a five-star album that contains several cool cover cuts as well.

Something New
Something New Courtesy of James Halifko

Something New

Our “something new” this time around is “Medical Roulette” by New Jersey-based singer-songwriter and musician James Halifko.  It’s a brand-spankin’ new number off his upcoming album tentatively titled Destiny Garden.   His signature sound is “old school” folk music with great contemporary content.  (You can read about his latest release elsewhere on Examiner.)

Something Borrowed
Something Borrowed Courtesy of

Something Borrowed

“Something borrowed” this edition comes to us from songstress Amy Rosen.  She said that “a bazillion” people have covered James Taylor’s 1970s folk rock hit “Fire and Rain”.  One interesting, contemporary cover version was performed live by Pink live in Paris on her last international tour.  She first did it in Ireland on her The Truth About Love Tour in 2013.

Something Blue
Something Blue Courtesy of TOO

Something Blue

Our blues bit or “something blue” this time is brought to you by your crusty chronicler’s fellow Souderton Area High School graduate Tim Neely.  He pulled "The Thrill Is Gone" by B.B. King off of his record rack.  Neely notes that this is “one of the very few pure 12-bar blues to be a big pop hit.”  King’s version was recorded in June 1969 for his album Completely Well.

End-note Courtesy of TOO


So there you have it, readers, 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, gals!) 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.

(NOTE: Speaking of "something new", lovers everywhere might want to check out The Pleasure Pantry's exciting Pleasure Pantry Boxes. They are available for all combinations of couples including married folks. You know what they say: "Something sexy, something slinky, something fun and something kinky!")


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