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 143
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut is “Kashmir” by the English rock group Led Zeppelin. It was co-written by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page and included contributions from John Bonham. The lyrics date back to 1973. The song originally appeared on their sixth platter Physical Graffiti which dropped in 1975.
Our “something new” for this edition is the new single “I Wanna Feel Your Body” by Los Angeles, California-based Filipina-American singer, songwriter and international performer Heidi Tann. It was written by Allan Bradley Licht. According to her website, the song is reported to be “her latest ode to jazz [and]…earlier jazz and R&B songstresses.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today.” It was written by American singer-songwriter and musician Randy Newman. It first appeared on American singer Julius La Rosa’s 1966 vinyl titled You’re Gonna Hear from Me. This audio adaptation is by the Los Angeles, California based act Annie Boxell & the Vicious Circle. It is included on their 2019 disc aptly titled Undercover.
Finally, our “something blue” this time around is the double entendre blues bit “Don’t Come Too Soon” recorded by Kansas City pianist and singer Julia Lee. It was first released as a 1950 Capitol Records single as the flip side of the Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends’ song “My Man Stands Out.”