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 130
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Fortunate Son” by the American rock group Creedence Clearwater Revival. The song was written by frontman and co-founder John Fogerty. It was first released as a single then later included on their fourth platter, Willy and the Poor Boys in 1969.
Our “something new” this edition is the song “This Is Not A Love Song” by American singer-songwriter and performer Wendy Rae Fowler. It’s the second cut off her upcoming album, Warped: Resurrection which drops on November 5 and will be featured on the new CW series The Republic of Sarah. According to Fowler, this single “started out as a lullaby, an homage to a loved one but evolved into something far more sinister.”
She concluded: “Grief churns up a slew of emotions, and in the middle of the storm the focus changed from love to vengeance. It’s really exciting to know that so many people will get a chance to hear this single via The Republic of Sarah and I can’t wait to share the full-album Warped Resurrection later this year.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Tattoo.” It was written by Pete Townshend and first released on The Who’s 1967 vinyl The Who Sell Out. This cool cover cut is by the Los Angeles-based alt-pop band The Jigsaw Seen. It appears on their 2003 album named Songs Mama Used to Sing. Their adaptation of this rite of passage song is refreshing yet remains to the spirit of the original.
Finally, our “something blue” this time is the blues bit “Private Fishing Hole” by the late American soul singer Sheba Potts-Wright. The song was included on a 2008 compilation album by various artists titled SeX-Rated Blues. It is also included on Best Of Sheba Potts-Wright which was released in 2010.