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 137
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Everybody Wants Some!!” by the American rock band Van Halen. It is the second selection on their 1980 platter titled Women and Children First. Released as a B-side single, it also became one of the group’s most popular tunes.
Our “something new” this edition is the new single “Golden Brown” by the UK-based American singer-songwriter, composer, and producer Wendy Rae Fowler. It’s off her upcoming audio offering Warped: Resurrection, which drops next month on Ghost Rhythm Records. It’s also her own tuneful take of a song by the English rock band the Stranglers. This distinctive track is now available via all digital platforms.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “This Is Where I Belong” written by Ray Davies and originally recorded by The Kinks in 1966. This nigh melancholic cover cut is by the Los Angeles-based alt-pop group The Jigsaw Seen. It is highlighted by a bittersweet touch of harmonium and mandolin. Their cover is the closing cut to their 2003 disc known as Songs Mama Used to Sing.
Finally, our “something blue” this time is “Blue Bayou.” Specifically, this is a cover of a song co-written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson in 1963. It became singer Linda Ronstadt’s signature sound in 1977. This stand-alone, individualistic adaptation is by Annie Boxell & the Vicious Circle. It is featured on the act’s 2019 disc titled Undercover.