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 zoomdune.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 come to us courtesy of Amy Rosen. Rosen likes “Mood Indigo” which she points out qualifies as “both ‘old’ and ‘blue.’ (In fact, it could be “something borrowed” as well. It has been performed by Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra among others and Annie Lennox. The tune harkens back to 1930. It’s a jazz composition and song with music by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard. The lyrics are by Irving Mills.
“Something new” this edition comes courtesy of Madison Rising. It’s their patriotic albeit in some circles controversial cover cut “Star Spangled Banner (Limited Bicentennial Edition)”. The CD single actually features two tracks.
The first is their adaptation of the original anthem. The single also includes a rockin’ second verse of their own as they break away from the tradition piece and segue into the new lyrics. It’s the lead-in to their new album, American Hero, to be reviewed by yours truly at a later date.
The second selection is a bonus track. It’s a traditional a capella version of the anthem by lead singer Dave Bray.
“Something borrowed” this edition comes from yours truly. It’s The Ramones tuneful take of “Needles And Pins” written by Jack Nitzsche and Sonny Bono. The song was first recorded by Jackie DeShannon and released in 1963.
This cover is off on their 1978 album Road To Ruin which your rockin’ writer reviewed for his high school paper. It has always struck him as an unusual cut for the prototype punk band.
Our blues bit or “something blue” this time come to us courtesy of singer-songwriter Danny Sandock. Sandock said: “Don’t laugh! Here it is” as he submitted his own original tune “Mama Mama Come Pay My Fine’. It’s off his 2010 offering Back To Unreality.
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.
(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!”)