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 149
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Outlaw Man” first recorded by the American rock group the Eagles. It was written by singer-songwriter David Blue. The Eagles featured it on their second platter titled Desperado which dropped in 1973. It fit the Western outlaw gang theme and was the second single off the album.
Our “something new” for this edition is the new single by Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Scott Martin “The Absence of Angels.” It is also the lead single from his upcoming new disc Corner of the World which is expected to drop sometime next March. In a recent e-mail, Martin briefly discussed the hopeful song.
He said: “‘The Absence of Angels’ is a love note of sorts to our country. I wrote it with my friend Daniel Neihoff in April of 2020. I get worried that we can’t talk with each other anymore, and that when we try, it ends up in a lot of yelling.”
He concluded: “The song is a reflection on where we’ve been, and hopes for the future.” The track features Martin on acoustic guitar, vocals, and piano, Ed Berghoff on mandolin and dobro, Pete Damore on banjo, Michael Henchman on electric guitar, percussion, keyboard/synth and vocals, and David Schwartz on upright bass.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Drive” first recorded by the American rock group the Cars for their 1984 LP, Heartbeat City. It was written by Ric Ocasek. This intriguing intimate audio adaptation is by the Los Angeles, California based group Annie Boxell & the Vicious Circle. It appears on the act’s 2019 disc aptly titled Undercover.
Finally, our “something blue” this time is the song “Mountain Oysters.” The song was recorded by American saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and written by Henry Bernard. It features Henry Glover on vocals and was first released as a single in 1949 on the King label. It was re-released on the 2009 compilation Vintage Songs of Sex, Drugs and Cigarettes.