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 163
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” recorded by the English singer and songwriter Elton John. It was co-composed by John and American lyricist Bernie Taupin. It was the only single released off John’s 1975 platter Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.
Our “something new” for this edition is the new music video “Foolish Try” by the Los Angeles-based band, Kelly’s Lot. The track originally appears on their 2020 disc, Another Sky. It is currently featured on the new album, Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).
The song was co-written by Kelly Zirbes and Doug Pettibone. The track includes founder Kelly Zirbes on vocals, Perry Robertson on guitar, Doug Pettibone on lead guitar, Paul Kenedy on bass, Art Mendoza on drums and percussion, and Phil Parlapiano on accordion. According to their official website, the act is once more “presenting their music in an acoustic format.”
Zirbes and Pettibone, the pair “behind the band, will include other members of the band and special guests” to promote their most recent release, Where and When. They planned to tour internationally later this year. If you’re in California and would like to hear more of the band’s music, Kelly’s Lot will be performing on Sunday, January 16th, 2022, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Project Barley in Lomita, California. They will also be performing on Thursday, January 27th, 2022, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Smokehouse on Main in Santa Clarita, California.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the 1981 song “Falling in Love Is a Stupid Habit.” It’s a track off of American singer-songwriter and musician Frank Zappa’s digitally downloadable offering Beat the Boots III released in 2009. This noteworthy cover is by the international music project The Vegetarians. It’s off the act’s 2011 disc aptly titled Remustered & Remixed Salad.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Keep On Eatin’.” It was written and first recorded by American blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Memphis Minnie. It was originally released in 1938. The song features Charlie McCoy on the mandolin and unknown artists on bass and piano. The song also appears on the 2009 disc Whorehouse Blues.