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 136
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Comfortably Numb.” It was first recorded by the English rock group Pink Floyd. The track was co-written by guitarist David Gilmour and bass player Roger Waters, It appears on their 1979 platter, The Wall. It’s one of their most famous tunes.
Our “something new” this edition is the song “Sunset And Mars.” It is the first single off the new album, No. 5, by the Los Angeles, California-based act Solomon King & The Chosen. Released earlier this week, the song has a running time of over four minutes and was co-written by Carl Hauser and Jeff Laine.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Oh Well” which was originally recorded by the British-American rock group Fleetwood Mac. It was written by frontman Peter Green and was released as a single in 1969. This noteworthy cover cut is by American singer-songwriter and keyboardist Bob Malone. This audio adaptation is included on his 2021 disc titled Good People.
Finally, our “something blue” this time is the blues bit “Bone Me Like You Own Me” by American blues singer Barbara Carr. It’s from her 1998 album of the same name. She was nominated for a Blues Music Award in both 2013 and 2014 in the category of “Soul Blues Female Artist.