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 161
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Bring It On Home” recorded by the Brit prog-rock band Led Zeppelin. The group recorded an adaptation of the Willie Dixon-penned piece for their 1969 platter Led Zeppelin II as an homage to Sonny Boy Williamson II, who released his recording of it in 1966. The intro and outro are accurate, but the remainder is an original co-composition by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.
Our “something new” for this edition is the stand-alone song “Bring That Party Back.” It was written by Los Angeles, California-born singer-songwriter and musician Joyce Mordoh. This video was produced by Craig Lees and filmed and edited by Mark Pirro. Mordoh’s energetic music video also includes L.A. Rocker Howard Mordoh, and a host of others. According to her online bio she is currently “living and working in Berlin, Germany.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Angel of the Morning” written by American songwriter Chip Taylor and recorded by several singers including Olivia Newton-John, and Juice Newton. This sincere 2013 cover is by former Interscope act and Stevie Nicks tribute artist Katie Shorey. The Los Angeles, California-based singer-songwriter also writes and records for film and television.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Sugar Daddy” written (but never released) by Grammy-winner Barrett Strong Jr. This exceptional 2021 adaptation is by American singer-songwriter and musician Eliza Neals who gives the unsung early work a woman’s point of view. Neals adds additional lyrics to give her cover what some on social media call “just the right amount of sweetness [and]… tongue and cheek fun.”
She said Strong gave her version “his blessing.” The track features Neals (lead and back-up vocals), King Solomon Hicks (lead guitar and back-up vocals), Michael Galante (drums), Michael Puwal(tremolo guitar and additional drums), Chris Vega (bass), and Tyrone Smith (Hammond B3 and saxophone.)