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 155
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Beginnings” originally recorded by the American band Chicago Transit Authority. It was written by band member Robert Lamm. It first appeared on their premiere platter Chicago Transit Authority. If didn’t chart as a single the first time but became a hit single when re-released in 1971.
Our “something new” for this edition is the new holiday music video for an atypical “You’re Not Here Blues” by the Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin-based singer-songwriter and blues guitarist Cathy Grier. In a recent e-missive the former New York City denizen discussed the project’s origins. She said:
“I wrote this song inspired by my poodle Etta, who passed away last October from a brain tumor. Due to the emotional nature of the project, it has taken me a year to complete. I put out a call for others to share images of their beloved animals recently passed, and within 24 hours I had 52 images to insert within the video!”
She concluded: “Thank you to all who sent in images. The holidays can be very difficult without a loved one, and I hope somehow sharing the images and the video will help navigate the sadness. [It’s] not your typical holiday song…” The video was shot in Sturgeon Bay. It features Cathy Grier on vocals and guitar, Tony Menzer on bass, and Jamey Clark on drums, and Johnny Orlock on harmonica.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Photograph” written and first recorded by Brit singer-songwriter and musician Ed Sheeran for his second studio disc titled simply x which dropped in 2014. This sincere, unplugged “quarantine-jamming” audio adaptation is by New York-based singer and songwriter Missy Rogers. It was recorded live in May 2020. Rogers is accompanied by Jimi Cespo on acoustic guitar.
Finally, our “something blue” this time is the song “Bottle Full of Blues” by Kane, Pennsylvania’s own singer-songwriter and blues rock guitarist Jeff Fetterman. It is the title track from his 2015 disc of the same name. Fetterman leads the way on lead guitar and vocals. He is backed by Bea Antonelli on backup vocals, Anthony Brown on keyboards, Otis James on harmonica, Judy Kessler on percussion and background vocals, John McGuire on drums, and Ralph Reitinger III on bass.
Would you like to hear more? Fetterman and his band have a few free, live gigs coming later this month. If you’re in the area, check them out. Fetterman will be performing at Room 33 Speakeasy on Saturday, December 18, 2021at 1033 State Street in Erie, Pennsylvania at 7:00 pm.
He will also be appearing at the Warren Legion on Thursday, December 23, 2021, at 412 Pennsylvania Avenue West in Warren, Pennsylvania at 8:00 pm. Looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve? Check out Fetterman’s NYE show at Group Ther-Happy on Friday, December 31, 2021, at 103 Chautauqua Avenue in Lakewood, New York at 8:00 pm. Reservations are preferred. For more information visit Fetterman’s official website.