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 169
Our “something old” this edition is the song “A Little More Love Between Us.” It’s off of the 1994 disc It’s Out There Feeding On Itself by singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, artist, producer, and graphic artist John Tabacco. Tobacco said: “I co-wrote it with my friend [singer, songwriter, and musician] Donna Bach-Heitner.”
Our “something new” for this edition is the new single and official lyric video “Something Green” by American singer-songwriter Kate Klim. It’s the title track off her upcoming album Something Green set to drop next month. In an online missive, she said: “Fun fact – I made this myself for $15 – the cost of the projection screen – and then a billion hours of editing.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “What A Wonderful World” written by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele (George Douglas). The song was originally recorded by Louis Armstrong and released as a single in 1967. This thoughtful acoustic adaptation is by American singer-songwriter and musician Dana Cooper. It was performed live on Christmas Day, 2020. (Check out a review of his new, upcoming album here.)
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Please Warm My Weiner” by the American blues singer-songwriter and musician Bo Carter. It was originally released in 1935 on the Bluebird label as a shellac single backed with “She’s Gonna Crawl Back Home.” It more recently appears on the 1994 disc Please Warm My Weiner: Old Time Hokum Blues.