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.
‘Something’ in Music 127
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “L.A. Woman” by the American rock group the Doors. It is the title track off their 1971 platter L.A. Woman. It was the last disc to include lead vocalist Jim Morrison prior to his death later that year.
Our “something new” this edition is the new single “Phaedra” by Los Angeles, California-based musician, and composer Amon Tobin. This intriguing instrumental is the second single off his upcoming album titled How Do You Live which drops on September 24th. According to a recent email, the experimental cut is “an exploration with harmonics.” Tobin, who is constantly testing “the barriers of sound”, concludes that the track is “a physical model of a saxophone.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Dead Man’s Curve.” The hit song was first recorded by the American duo known as Jan and Dean in 1964. It was co-written by Jan Berry, Roger Christian, Artie Kornfeld, and Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson. This eclectic audio adaptation is by the late Canadian musician/multi-instrumentalist Nash The Slash. It was featured on his 1981 platter titled Children of the Night.
Our “something blue” this time is the song “A Little Meat On The Side” by the late singer/songwriter and boogie-woogie pianist Katie Webster. The song appears on her 1991 disc named No Foolin’. During the 1960s she played piano for American singer Otis Redding and frequently toured Europe.