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 142
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cover cut “Cry Baby” recorded by the American rock singer and songwriter Janis Joplin. The song was co-written by Bert Berns and Jerry Ragovoy. She recorded it back in 1970 for her platter Pearl. Sadly, it was posthumously released in 1971.
Our “something new” this edition is the new track “Hold On” by Stillwater, Oklahoma-based singer-songwriter and musician Rigby Summer. It’s the lead single off her new disc titled Geography. According to a recent e-missive, the song is actually “a reflection on the hopefulness of youth that gives the listener strength to ignore the voices that aim to drag them down and instead believe in the possibility of their dreams.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Here, There & Everywhere” by the legendary English rock band the Beatles. The song first appeared on the Beatles 1966 platter Revolver with John Lennon and Paul McCartney sharing songwriting credit. This pretty, perspective-flipped audio adaptation is by American, California-based vocalist, voiceover artist, and actress Marsha Bartenetti. It’s off her first solo album, It’s Time, which dropped in 2009. (Read your rockin’ writer’s review of her most recent release right here.)
Finally, our “something blue” this time around is the song “Man Size Job” by the late American blues, R&B, and soul singer-songwriter, and record producer Denise LaSalle. It was first released as a single in 1972 backed with the song “I’m Over You.” The tune has been covered by several others over the years.