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 146
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Sweet Emotion” by the American rock group Aerosmith. It was co-written by band members Steven Tyler and Tom Hamilton. The track first appeared on the band’s 1975 platter Toys in the Attic. It was also put out as a single a month after the LP dropped.
Our “something new” for this edition is the new song and music video “Raised By Wolves” by Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Nichole Wagner. This is her second single this year and will be included on her next full length album expected to drop sometime next year. This new video was created by Austin artist Seela.
In a recent email Wagner discussed this song about her upbringing. She said: “Life as a child could be unpredictable (thanks to an alcoholic mother) and I had to grow up very early, taking on responsibilities that were unfair to my age. It toughened me up but left scars and that trauma has a way of showing up when I don’t expect it.”
She concluded: “I would joke about having been raised by wolves, something I’d tell people to soften the edges when they didn’t understand where I was coming from – a shorthand to avoid sharing details. I’ve been doing a lot of work through it these past few years and it’s showing up in my writing in a way that I hadn’t been comfortable with before.” The song features Wagner on vocals, Justin Douglas on guitar, Abram Shook on bass, JaRon Marshall on Wurlitzer, and Matthew Shepard on drums.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the lesser-known number “World Of Stone” by the late English singer-songwriter and musician George Harrison in 1975. This straightforward piano cover was recorded by singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, artist, and producer John Tabacco. Tobacco spoke of the piece on social media.
He said: “This was recorded in 1998. Just me singing and playing a Yamaha Disklavier Piano. It’s a beautiful, relatively obscure George Harrison song from his album Extra Texture. The man was deep. He’s sorely missed but his music lives on.” This tuneful tribute appears on Tabacco’s 1998 unique pop rock platter Dryer Than You’ll Ever Be.
Finally, our “something blue” this time is the song “It Ain’t the Meat (It’s the Motion)” by the American R&B group The Swallows. The song was written by Syd Nathan and Henry Glover. It was first recorded in 1951 and released that same year as a B-side single. It was covered by American folk and blues singer Maria Muldaur in 1974.