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 177
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “It’s My Life” recorded by the Brit R&B band The Animals. It was written by professional songwriters Roger Atkins and Carl D’Errico. It was first released as an Animals’ single in October of 1965. Bruce Springsteen covered it in the 1970s.
Our “something new” this time is the song “World On Fire” by Los Angeles, California-based, American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ted Wulfers. The song features producer Wulfers (vocals, electric guitar, piano, acoustic guitar, organ, bass, and percussion) and Zak St. John (drums and percussion). In a recent email, Wulfers discussed the single.
He said: “My mission with this song and video was to bring you a sonically epic journey with huge guitar and drum sounds that accompany a very poignant and timely message. I am very proud of the guitar and drum sounds throughout, and I am honored that the lyrics have resonated with so many. With climate change, the pandemic, wars, politics, and global suffering, it seems more each day that the world is indeed on fire.” He concluded: “Now is the time to plan our best to figure out how to put out the flame.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Sweet Emotion” originally recorded by the American rock band Aerosmith and written by band members Steven Tyler and Tom Hamilton. It first appeared on their 1975 platter Toys in the Attic. This rockin’ cover is by the all-female Aerosmith tribute band Ragdolls.
The band roster includes founder Susie Major (lead vocals and harmonica), Ali Handal (lead guitar and vocals), Masha McSorley (guitar and vocals), Tara Rae (electric bass), Marisa Testa (drums and vocals), and Julie Dolan (keyboards and vocals). Would you like to hear more of their music and see them perform live? Check out their tour schedule!
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Blueberry Crumble” by The Coolies. The song is off their 2019 EP titled Uh Oh! It’s…The Coolies. The band roster currently includes Kim Shattuck (vocals, guitar, bass, and harmonica), Melanie Vammen (bass, organ, guitar, and vocals), and Palmyra Delran (drums, sitar, guitar, and vocals). Stevie Van Zandt guests on theremin. The cut was co-written by Shattuck and Delran.