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 162
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Freeway Jam” recorded by the English guitarist Jeff Beck and written by the English songwriter and keyboardist Max Middleton. It originally appeared on the 1975 instrumental platter titled Blow by Blow which hit the record racks back in 1975.
Our “something new” for this edition is this music video by the band First To Eleven. In this video, the Erie, Pennsylvania-based rock band covers the classic cut “Immigrant Song” recorded by the Brit band Led Zeppelin and written by band members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. It first appeared on their 1970 platter, Led Zeppelin III. Released just days ago, this dedicated cover version features Audra Miller on vocals, Matt Yost on guitar, Ryan Krysiak on bass, and Sam Gilman on drums.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Hey Joe” by American songwriter Billy Roberts. It was arguably made famous by The Jimi Hendrix Experience when they released it as a single in 1966. This tuneful tribute is by the Camden Alabama-born singer-songwriter and musician Willie Phoenix and his band the Soul Underground. It was recorded live at COMFEST 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the original song “Never Sleep Your Way to the Middle” by The Sandy Haley Band. According to a recent e-missive, this song was actually “first launched as a single on Blind Raccoon & Nola Blue Collection, Vol. 3, it is currently getting international blues radio airplay around the world from the USA to the UK and Europe, The Netherlands and Australia! This song is a tongue-in-cheek true story of an office romance with a humorous message and advice to girls of all ages.” It most recently appears on her new release, Feels Like Freedom.