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 152
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Strange Magic” recorded by the Brit rock band Electric Light Orchestra or ELO. It was written by frontman Jeff Lynne. The song first appeared on the group’s 1975 platter Face the Music. It was also released as a single in 1976.
Our “something new” for this edition is the new song “Isiphithiphithi” by the amapiano artist Mahlobo. He is based in Durban, in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He produced and appears on this new track which also features Chairman and B.K. This number is included on his EP titled Bambelela.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Summer of 69” first recorded by Canadian musician Bryan Adams. It was co-written by Adams and Canadian songwriter Jim Vallance. The song originally appeared on his 1985 vinyl Reckless.
This unique informal audio adaptation is by Oregon-based Hawaiian ukulele entertainer Sonny K. It was recorded live, outdoors earlier this month. K. enjoys covering familiar tunes on his ukulele.
Finally, our “something blue” this time is the song “Let Me Play With Your Poodle” recorded by Texas-based country blues singer-songwriter and musician Lightnin’ Hopkins. It was written by American blues musician Tampa Red in 1942. Hopkins recorded it in 1947. It was released as a single the following year.