‘Something’ in Music 90
Something in music: origin
One evening at a hot, trendy L.A. nightclub on a rare solo outing, yours truly found himself standing alone at the bar preparing to review the upcoming act. Before he had taken more than a few notes, however, he was bookended by a pair of vivacious vixens who insisted on engaging your rockin’ writer in cozy conversation. Strangely, the subject of “marriage” arose.
One of the young ladies noted that when a gal is about to get hitched she needs “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.” Your provocative penman was immediately inspired. After all, those very same terms could be applied to music too: “Something old” or classic, “something new” or recently released, “something borrowed” (a cover), and “something blue” (a blues song or a song with “blue” in the title.) The rest is history.
Today’s “something old” is the classic cut called "Photograph" by the Brit rock band Def Leppard. The song first appeared on the group’s third studio release titled Pyromania which dropped in 1983. It was the lead single off the platter. It was one of their big hits.
Our “something new” this edition is the new music video “The Ghosts.” The song itself was written and recorded by American singer-songwriter. musician, and producer Ted Wulfers. The video stars Jess De Long and Wulfers.
Wulfers, who directed and co-produced the video himself, had a lot to say about it in a recent email. He said: “I wanted to make a music video that brought tintype photographs to life to match the atmospheric energy of [the] song...I was told it could not be done by several photographers and filmmakers.
“Well... [co-producer, cinematographer, and editor] Erik Nielsen and I figured out a way and along with Jess De Long, my vision morphed into this ethereal and wonderfully beautiful short film. Not only is the technology groundbreaking but the tintype photos in the beginning of the video are of my actual 19th century ancestors. Pretty cool that 100+ years later, they are in a music video for music from my latest album [Tremolo Moon].”
Wulfers also noted: “I had a blast playing the guitars, bass and organ on this tune and recording it at my studio, 663 Sound with Rob Humphreys on drums and Carl Byron on accordion. Grammy Award Winner Malcolm Burn did an amazing job mixing it all together and fellow Grammy Award Winner Richard Dodd's mastering topped it all off.”
Wulfers concluded: “We really created a vibe and I'm so proud that this video compliments that energy so well. I'm releasing this video on...the [date] I caught the 14' 663 lbs Pacific Blue Marlin off the coast of Hawaii that has been on display in Chicago's Field Museum and is the namesake for my recording studio and music publishing company in honor of her memory. This goes out to the ghosts who are always with us..."
On the track, Wufers leads the way on acoustic and electric guitars, ass, organ, percussion, and lead vocals. He is backed by Carl Byron on accordion, and Rob Humphreys on drums and percussion.
In this edition, our “something borrowed” is “Through With Buzz” recorded and written by the American band Steely Dan. The song is included on their 1974 platter Pretzel Logic. This smart, sincere cover of one of the act’s few string-arranged numbers is by American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, producer, engineer, and graphic artist John Tabacco. It is off his new disc titled Script 2020. Check out his newest digital platter today!
This time around our “something blue” is the song “Yes I Sing the Blues.” It’s an exceptional audio offering written and recorded by the sexy six-string siren singer-songwriter and musician Diana Rein. The song is off Her most recent Gulf Coast Records release titled Queen of My Castle which dropped in 2019.
Did we mention your favorite “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”? If not, let us know. Don’t forget to send us your sexy or funny bride photos too!
(Images courtesy of original owners)