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 131
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Sweet Home Alabama” recorded by the Southern rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd. It was written by Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, and Ed King. (None of them were from Alabama.) The song first appeared on their 1974 platter Second Helping.
Our “something new” this edition is the new single “Gold” by the Alabama-born roots music band named Red Clay Revival. Currently based in Asheville, North Carolina, their current band roster includes Doug McElvy (lead vocals, guitar, and songwriting), Zebulon Bowles (fiddle), Jacob Baumann (drums), and Daniel Ianuccie (bass and harmony vocals). In a recent email, McElvy spoke of the song. He said the song is a “song to remind us to connect with the natural world to let go of the everyday stress that life brings our way; it’s an expression of my happy place where I go to find peace and clarity.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Already Gone.” The song was recorded by the American country duo (Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles) a.k.a. Sugarland. The song was co-written with Bobby Pinson and featured on Sugarland’s 2008 disc Love on the Inside.
This noteworthy cover version is performed by singer-songwriter, entertainer, and “priestess of pink” VK Lynne. The lovely Los Angeles, California-based artist performed her acoustic cover in November of 2019. Lynne’s signature sound is unique and fluid although she always remains true to the spirit of the songs she chooses to play.
Finally, our “something blue” this time is the blues bit “Bus Driver.” This electric blues song was recorded by the famous American blues singer-songwriter Muddy Waters. Waters co-wrote the tune with Terry Abrahamson. Recorded in three days, it is the second selection on Waters’ 1977 platter Hard Again.