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 160
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut is “Crumblin’ Down” recorded by American singer-songwriter John Mellencamp. The song was co-written with his writing partner George Green and was the first single off his 1983 platter Uh-Huh. The song quickly became a top-ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian pop charts.
Our “something new” for this edition is this music video, “Drive Far Away From You”, from the Lewisville, Texas-based act known as Bubble Gum Orchestra. The song is the second single from BGO’s 2021 album, 4000 Miles To Eden. Bubble Gum Orchestra is a studio project conceived by Michael Laine Hildebrandt.
Hildebrandt is the lead singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer behind the music. According to the official BGO website, he provides “lead and backing vocals, piano, Wurlitzer piano, Rhodes piano, orchestration, guitars, bass guitar, drums and percussion, knob turning and various ‘late nite’ effects, etc.” He is backed by his brother Douglas Hildebrandt on guitars (and the occasional special guest).
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Yours Is No Disgrace” written and first recorded by the English prog-rock band Yes for their 1971 vinyl The Yes Album. This exceptional adaptation is by the international music project known as The Vegetarians. It’s off the act’s 2011 album aptly titled Remustered & Remixed Salad. (Read a review of The Vegetarians’ most recent release right here!)
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the blues bit is “Happiness Blues (Tracey’s song)” by Cathy Grier + The Troublemakers. The song includes a guitar solo that works well on the cut. It was written by Grier for a 2020 documentary titled My First And Last Film, by director Tracey Thomas.
Grier notes: “The lyrics were inspired by sentiments found in Tracey’s own words.” The track is off Grier’s most recent release, I’m All Burn. (You can read about the entire album right here.)
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!