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 140
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “A Day in the Life” first recorded by the Brit band the Beatles. It was written by John Lennon, who wrote the majority of the verses, and Paul McCartney, who basically wrote the middle section. It first appeared on their iconic 1967 platter Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Our “something new” this time is the upcoming new single “Always Old Friends” by Nashville-based American singer-songwriter and musician Dana Cooper. The single is set to drop on October 22, 2012. It’s the lead single off his upcoming new disc, I Can Face The Truth.
Cooper co-wrote the song with Robert Weingartz. He will be celebrating the release of the single with a live, online performance which will be part of the “In Conversation and Song” streaming series with performer Lyle Lovett. It airs on Lovett’s website on October 22, at 9 pm EST.
In a recent email, Cooper discussed the new track and its origins. He said: “Ever meet a person you immediately connect with and feel as though you have been friends forever? That’s the premise of my single ‘Always Old Friends’, co-written with Robert Weingartz.
He added: “[It’s a] song that expresses the joys, frustrations & evolution of friendships that we all can relate to. The original idea for this song was ‘You Can’t Make Old Friends’ but based on our own friendship my co-writer Robert Weingartz and I came to the conclusion that that simply was not true. Every time I sing this song I am reminded of all the friendships forged in my life. I think of the enormous loss suffered all around the world in the last year and a half and all the hearts that carry the memory of friends gone before.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Little Lies” by Fleetwood Mac. It was co-written by Christine McVie and her then-spouse, Eddy Quintela. It’s off the 1987 album Tango in the Night. This unique audio adaptation is by the Los Angeles, California-based act known as Annie Boxell & the Vicious Circle. It is featured on the act’s 2019 disc titled Undercover.
Finally, our “something blue” this time around is the rhythm and blues bit “Big Long Slidin’ Thing” by American singer and pianist Dinah Washington. The song was co-written by Eddie Kirkland and Mamie Thomas and arranged by Quincy Jones. This noteworthy double entendre song was first released as a single in 1954.