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 175
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut is “Signs” recorded by the Canadian rock group Five Man Electrical Band. Written by the act’s frontman, Les Emmerson, it was released in 1970 as a B-side of the single “Hello Melinda Goodbye” and on their premiere platter, Good-byes and Butterflies, which also dropped in 1970.
Our “something new” for this edition is the song “Cheryl” written and recorded by the Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter and musician Terry Klein. The song is off his newest album Good Luck Take Care. (Read about his previous release, titled Tex, here.)
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Both Sides Now” written by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. It was first released as a single by American singer-songwriter Judy Collins in 1968, then appeared on Mitchell’s own 1969 LP Clouds. This live version is by American singer-songwriter and guitarist Scott Martin. It was recorded in 2016. (You can read about Martin’s new album of original songs right here.)
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the blues bit “Meat Cuttin’ Blues” by Coot Grant And Kid Wilson. It was originally released as a 10-inch shellac single in 1933. More recently, it appeared on a 1997 compilation album titled Coot Grant And Kid Wilson Vol. 3 (1931-1938).