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 153
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “I’m Just A Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)” first recorded by the English prog-rock band the Moody Blues. It was written by bass player John Lodge. It first appeared as the closing cut on their 1972 vinyl Seventh Sojourn.
Our “something new” for this edition is the new single “Foot Washer” by the Boston, Massachusetts -born band Screw Cart. The song features Adi Luv on guitar, Mark Kennedy on vocals, Christ Kianka on bass, and Joe O’Hare on drums. On social media the artists note that they have been “making Boston noisier since 2013.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “On A Carousel” first recorded by the Brit band The Hollies. It was co-written by band members Graham Nash, Allan Clarke, and Tony Hicks. It was released as a single in 1967.
This rather clever cover cut is by the Los Angeles, California-based alt-pop band The Jigsaw Seen. It’s a noteworthy number regardless of who actually wrote the song. It’s off their memorable 2003 disc titled Songs Mama Used to Sing.
Finally, our “something blue” this time is the song “Let’s Get Drunk And Truck.” It was first recorded by American Chicago blues musician Tampa Red. It was first released as a 10” 78 RPM single in the early 1930s and also appears on the album The Bluebird Recordings 1934-1936.