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 147
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Flying High Again” by Brit heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne. It was written by Osbourne and band members Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley, and Lee Kerslake. It originally appeared on his 1981 platter Diary of a Madman. The track was released as a single in 1982 where it climbed to number two on the famous Billboard Top Tracks chart.
Our “something new” for this edition is the new song recorded by Los Angeles, California-based Canadian singer-songwriter and artist X.ARI.. She is dedicated to mental health awareness and her material often reflects that. This new alt-pop piece is titled simply “Baggage.” She co-wrote the song with Tal Vaisman.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Baba O’Riley” recorded by the Brit band the Who in 1971 and written by Pete Townshend. This eclectic audio adaptation is by the late Canadian musician/multi-instrumentalist Nash The Slash. It was recorded live in London, England in 1980 and is included on the “official” bootleg platter titled Hammersmith Holocaust which dropped later that same year.
Finally, our “something blue” this time is the song “King Size Papa.” It was recorded by Julia Lee and her Boy Friends in 1947 and released as a single in 1948. The song was co-written by Paul Vance and Johnny Gomez. It climbed to number one on the well-known US Billboard R&B chart.
Did we mention your favorite “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”? If not, let us know. Don’t forget to send us your sexy or funny bride photos too!