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 166
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Another Park Another Sunday” recorded by the American rock group The Doobie Brothers. It was written by frontman Tom Johnston and chosen as the lead single from their 1974 platter What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits. The single peaked at number 32.
Our “something new” for this edition is the new single“You Make Me Wanna Dance,” by American singer-songwriter and guitarist Dan Weber. It’s from his upcoming new album titled The Way the River Goes. In a recent press release, Weber discussed the song’s origins.
He said: “I co-wrote this with my girlfriend Lynn McCracken in Cambria, CA. She knew all about asking boys to dance back in high school, while I was way too shy for that. How we rhymed ‘Jitterbug’ with ‘Ernest Tubb’ was a bit of serendipity. I really love the Cajun-style accordion playing of Jenny Conlee-Drizos (of the Decemberists) on this one.” (Stay tuned for a review of the new platter!)
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Ferry Across the Mersey” recorded by the British beat group Gerry and the Pacemakers. It was written by frontman Gerry Marsden. The song first appeared on the motion picture soundtrack Ferry Cross the Mersey which dropped in 1965.
This version is by the American roots music act Eric Brace & Last Train Home. The track was recorded live at Strathmore in North Bethesda, in Bethesda, Maryland in 2010 for inclusion on the 2012 double CD, Strathmore Presents a Tribute to the British Invasion. (Watch for the group’s new album Everything Will Be.)
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the blues bit “Why Do You Moan?” by American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Bo Weavil Jackson a.k.a. James Butler a.k.a. Sam Butler. It was originally released as a single in 1926 backed by the song “Some Scream High Yellow.”