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 171
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Wild Mountain Honey” recorded by the American rock act the Steve Miller Band. The song was written by Steve McCarty. It first appeared on the 1976 platter Fly Like An Eagle. More recently, it appeared on the 2006 30th Anniversary edition.
Our “something new” for this edition is the song and music video “Say What You Wanna” written and recorded by alternative music artist Dolly Dagger. The Southern California-based singer-songwriter and musician leads the way on guitar and vocals.
In a recent e-missive, Dagger discussed the song. She said: “Burying a friendship can be hard. Sometimes you think you’ve moved on but you haven’t, so you have to do those little symbolic things for yourself like unfollowing or blocking. No current feelings were hurt in the making of this video, people come, and people go.”
She concluded: “Either way, it’s good to find catharsis through creating art and expressing ourselves—even if at an exaggerated level. Remember, art is an expression. Don’t take it all too seriously. Kill your ego, not each other.”
Dagger is backed by Jesse McInturff on guitar and bass and Dylan Howard on drums. The track was produced by Matthew Cerritos.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Busted” written by American songwriter Harlan Howard recorded by both Johnny Cash and Ray Charles in 1963. This current cover is by The Los Angeles, California-based blues-rock band known as Solomon King & The Chosen. It was recorded in the summer of 2021 and may be included in a future compilation of select cover cuts.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Bed Spring Poker” by the Mississippi Sheiks. It was released as a single in 1931. It was written by band members Walter Vincson (guitar and vocals) and Lonnie Chapman (violin and vocals.) The song is a metaphor for both playing poker on your neighbors’ beds and sleeping around.