We all know the old wedding rhyme: something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.
But what about applying it to a musical set? Select a theme, any theme, and put together a four-song set following the above conventions. The first song is an oldie. The second one is new (for sake of argument and to help folks along, let's go with anything released in the last ten years as being "new"). The third song is a cover. The fourth is a sad song.
Here's an example:
Something old: "Sadeness Part I" by Enigma
Something new: "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter
Something borrowed: "Blue Monday" by Flunk (originally by New Order)
Something blue: "Brian Wilson" by The Barenaked Ladies
You need not share any Youtube videos, but they're kinda fun.
Not at all; it was just the first topic I could think of (actually, the first topic was self-love, ahem, but I could not come up with a borrowed song - did get "Captain Jack" by Billy Joel, "Pictures of Lily" by The Who and "I Touch Myself" by The Divinyls into my mix, though).
Sun 20 Dec, 2009 01:03 pm
Well Jespah - when I was a teenager living in NJ, wnew 102.7 was my radio station of choice - I can't even begin to express how important a part they played in my life: 6:00 -10:00 am, Dave Herman was the dj - I don't know who was 10-2 (because I was in school that whole time) 2-6 was Scott Muny - and 6-10 pm was Dennis Elsis ( who was my favorite). Anyway - in the morning 6-10 they did this something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue theme and I learned so many of my favorite songs through this.
My favorite girl's name is Mary - I couldn't use it for my daughter as I had a boy first and I named him Joseph - but anyway:
Something new (er):
something borrowed (Mary J. Blige singing)
and for Christmas - something blue
I've found it's easier to start with either a newer song or a cover and then work my way into it from there.
Tue 22 Dec, 2009 08:16 pm
Theme: Breaking Up
Old - Neil Young - Only Love Can Break Your Heart
New - Ryan Adams - Come Pick Me Up
Borrowed - The White Stripes - Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
Blue - Bob Dylan - It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
thank you and thanks for creating this thread - I'm enjoying it:
something old: one of my favorite songs from the nearly old past- so hard to believe it's already been fifteen years these guys have been around
something new: one from one of my favorite new groups who bring back the old vibe:
something borrowed: Key To The Highway
All Music Guide has this to say about William Lee "Big Bill" Broonzy, the author of this blues classic:
In terms of his musical skill, the sheer size of his repertoire, the length and variety of his career and his influence on contemporaries and musicians who would follow, Big Bill Broonzy is among a select few of the most important figures in recorded blues history.
Key to the Highway is among Broonzy's best-known songs and has been covered countless times. Here's a clip from his own recording of the tune in the early 1940's. If you are looking for a good ear-training exercise, try your hand at both the bass line he is playing during the full instrumental chorus as well as the riff he plays after singing.
Audio Clip: Big Bill Broonzy playing Key to the Highway
Key To The Highway
Thank you jespah and again - thanks for posting this thread - I'd not have thought of it and I really enjoy it.
I heard Steve Forbert sing for the first time in a long time tonight - I was at the show where he sang this song and I love it-there's only one Steve Forbert:
Something old - There's everybody else and then there's you:
Something new- You are the only exception:
Something Borrowed - One
Something blue: I can't live with or without you
Mon 12 Apr, 2010 04:14 pm
Back from a long retirement.
Back in 1996 I did a show on college radio that was called 'Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue' that followed exactly the format you've described.
Sorry - but I think Dave Hermann - the 10 am-2pm dj on 102.7 WNEW fm (New York City) probably pipped you as I know he did it every morning - late seventies/early eighties- my mom was a nurse and she worked seven to three thirty (half an hour for lunch) - so I could skip school and she'd never know - she was gone by 6:30 and not home till around 4 - so I'd just pretend I'd gone to school (after I turned eighteen I could call in sick for myself) and I'd stay home and listen to music all day (while doing my homework - I DID always do my work -even if I didn't go to class everyday).