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 145
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Gimme Shelter.” Recorded by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, it was written by lead singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards. The song first appeared as the opening track to the group’s 1969 album Let It Bleed.
Our “something new” for this edition is the new song and music video “Red Dust” by American singer-songwriter Wendy Rae Fowler. It’s off the London-based artist’s new, re-mastered disc Warped: Resurrection from Ghost Rhythm Records. This individualistic track has been described by some in the business to be “macabre” and “troubling” and yet also “intoxicating.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the obscure 1964 song “Luci Baines.” Originally released as a single, it was written by American Four and pre-Love leader Arthur Lee. This exceptional, oscillating adaptation is by the Los Angeles, California-based alt-pop band The Jigsaw Seen. Here they make the song their own via creative arranging and interesting instrument choices. It’s off their 2003 release titled Songs Mama Used to Sing.
Finally, our “something blue” this time is the song “Rocket 69.” It was written by Lois Mann and Henry Glover. The tune was originally recorded by the Todd Rhodes Orchestra led by the American pianist and arranger Todd Rhodes. It was released as a single in 1952 and features singer Connie Allen.