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 176
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “I Don’t Wanna Know” recorded by the English-American group Fleetwood Mac. The song was written by Stevie Nicks back when she was performing with Lindsey Buckingham in the duo Buckingham Nicks. The song first appeared on their 1977 platter titled Rumours.
Our “something new” this time is the second single, “Film Stars”, from the collaborative music project known as polyheDren. It’s off the upcoming Psychic album from producer and composer Dren McDonald which is set to drop on Friday, April 29, 2022. According to an e-missive on social media, this is a “story of modern celebrities of every variety” but “(not) Nicolas Cage, (not) Will Ferrell, (not) Keanu Reeves and (not) Tom Selleck.”
It includes the vocals of San Francisco Bay Area artists, Moorea Dickason (Raze the Maze & MoeTar) and Daria Novo (composer: Diner Dash Adventures). 100 percent of all polyheDren streaming and sales benefits music education at Bay Area Music Project.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Can’t Find My Way Home” recorded by the English band Blind Faith. Written by member Steve Winwood, it appears on their 1969 platter Blind Faith. This informal cover from June 2020 is by the American music act Lizzie & The Makers. It’s one of their “favorite set closers.”
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Bitten By The Blues” by the Detroit, Michigan-born, blues-rocker Eliza Neals. It’s off her 2019 EP titled Sweet or Mean. According to a message on social media, Neals notes this testimonial tune is “about being a blues-rock artist and having to make a choice.”
On this cut, Neals is backed by producer and arranger Ted Horowitz a.k.a. Popa Chubby on guitar, Dave Keyes on piano and B3, John Medeiros Jr. on drums and Chris Vega on bass. She adds: “[They’re] my solid homeboys you have seen on stage with me.” Watch for a review of her upcoming, new disc Badder To The Bone.