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 Examiner.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.
“Something old” this time around is The Beatles’ “If I Fell” from the 1964 UK LP A Hard Day's Night and the US platter Something New. It was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney. It features great two-part harmonies, an unusual structure and was--according to Lennon--his “first attempt at a ballad proper.”
‘Something New” this edition is Fling Lois’ “The Strobe Warrior”. It was released earlier this year as “the other side of a conceptually ‘Double-A side single’ “with their 2013-composed cut “Wandering Wolfboy” which was included in a previous article here on Examiner. It sounds new in that you know you’ve not heard it before and yet it contains elements that are undeniably familiar.
“Something borrowed” this edition was pulled from an internet survey. It’s Lorde doing her version of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” which was a hit song from the band’s 1985 album Songs from the Big Chair. Lorde’s cover is off the 2013 Hunger Games: Catching Fire Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
Our blues bit or “something blue” this time is once more brought to you by your crusty chronicler’s fellow Souderton Area High School graduate Tim Neely. Neely submitted “Give Me One Reason" by Tracy Chapman pondering: “I wonder how many people realize that one is a 12-bar blues?” No clue there but we do know that the song is off her 1995 disc New Beginning.
So there you have it, readers, the newest 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.
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