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 178
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “I’m Looking Through You” recorded by the Brit band the Beatles. The song was written by Paul McCartney and first appeared on their 1965 platter titled Rubber Soul. The group actually recorded three different versions of this well-known song.
Our “something new” this time is the song “Abduction” by the lovely Los Angeles, California-based Canadian singer-songwriter and artist X.ARI. In a recent email, the performer said it is “a song about leaving earth to join the aliens!” Some say the song is “out of this world” and she is already having fun making the music video for it.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the traditional “Negro spiritual” titled “Motherless Child” a.k.a. “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” which dates back to slavery days. One of the earliest performances of the songs can be traced back to the 1870s when it was performed by the African-American a cappella group known as the Fisk Jubilee Singers. This contemporary cover is by the American musical collaborative known as No Fuss and Feathers.
The tuneful team includes Catherine Miles (guitar, percussion, and vocals), Karyn Oliver (guitar and vocals), Jay Mafale (guitar, and percussion), and Carolann Solebello (guitar, bass, and vocals). (Solebello is also credited for the adaptation.) This is a live 2017 performance of the song at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City. The studio cover appears on their 2016 disc Traveling Circus.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the old song “I Want Plenty Grease In My Frying Pan” written and recorded by vaudeville blues singer-songwriter Margaret Carter (Johnson) in New York City back in August of 1926. She was backed by Buddy Christian & his Jazz Rippers.