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 139
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut is “All Along the Watchtower” covered by American singer-songwriter and guitarist Jimi Hendrix and the Jimi Hendrix Experience for their 1968 platter Electric Ladyland. The song was actually written and first recorded by Bob Dylan in 1967.
Our “something new” for this edition is the new song “’94 Chevy” by The Gold Souls. It’s the Northern California-based band’s latest single. The band’s current roster includes Darius Upshaw on guitar, Alex Severson on the keys, Billy D. Thompson on the drums, and Avery Jeffry on bass. Check it out!
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Comin’ Back To Me” which was written by singer-songwriter and musician Marty Balin and first recorded by American rock band Jefferson Airplane. It originally appeared on their 1967 platter Surrealistic Pillow. This dedicated cover version was recorded by American singer Marsha Bartenetti. She discussed the song on social media.
She said: “Marty [Balin] was one of my favorite balladeers and from the time I heard this song it has haunted me. I can’t tell you how happy I am to have brought this song to life again – with the help of my true agents of magic…Marty Balin, who wrote it, then to Stephan, Donny, and all the players who worked on it – Every one of them brought their heart and soul into the production.” She added that “it is my privilege to now sing and record his haunting ballad. I hope he can hear this from wherever his soul journey has taken him and that it pleases him.”
Finally, our “something blue” this time around is the blues bit titled “Hot Nuts.” It was written and recorded by the American blues musician and singer-songwriter Roosevelt Sykes. It dates back to 1961. This song can be most recently found on the 2014 compilation album Blues – the Devil’s Music featuring Sykes and other artists.