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 165
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Foot Stompin’ Music” by the American rock group Grand Funk Railroad. Written by Mark Farner, it’s the lead single and album opener from the band’s 1971 vinyl titled E Pluribus Funk. The single made it to number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Our “something new” for this edition is the new single “Bluebird” by singer-songwriter Dana Cooper. It’s the second single off his upcoming album, I Can Face The Truth. The song was co-written with Tom Kimmel.
In a recent email, Cooper and Kimmel discussed the new track. Cooper said he wanted “to convey a wry sense of hope for us humans.” Kimmel added: “I think sometimes a song can say in a few words what would take a volume to write. It seems like this one bubbled up from a deep well and wide perspective on a world that can be pretty tough on a tender heart and a bright spirit.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the instrumental version of “Baby Elephant Walk” by American composer Henry Mancini. It was originally composed in 1961 for use in the 1962 movie Hatari! This eclectic adaptation is by the Los Angeles, California-based alt-pop band The Jigsaw Seen. Note how certain elements are distinctly reminiscent of the original work yet the other parts are represented by synthesizer and guitar. It’s off their noteworthy 2003 disc titled Songs Mama Used to Sing.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the 1936 blues bit “New Rubbin’ On The Darned Old Thing” written and recorded by American singer-songwriter, actor, and comedian Lovin’ Sam Theard. It was released as a single on the Decca label. This song was later recorded by the Grateful Dead as simply “The Rub.”