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 179
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Even It Up” by the American rock group Heart. The song was co-written by sister band members Ann and Nancy Wilson and Sue Ennis. It was the first single of the act’s fifth platter Bebe le Strange. It dropped in 1980.
Our “something new” this time is the new single “Dreaming with Me” by California-based singer-songwriter Eileen Carey. In a recent e-missive, the Ohio native Carey commented on the new release. She said, “the song is about how the magic of inspiration starts with one person.”
She added: “‘Dreaming with Me,’ brings out a sense of inspiration, inciting the feeling that a positive impact can happen with just one person. It demonstrates the magic that an individual can make on the world.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Bad Blood” first recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. It was co-written with producers Max Martin and Johan Schuster and originally appeared on her 2014 release 1989. This 2015 tuneful tribute is by award-winning American singer-songwriter and public speaker Chloé Temtchine. Temtchine is also the creator of the program “Super Brave,” an interview series that focuses on adults and children who live with chronic illnesses. On social media, she said that she “seriously love[s] this song…”
Finally, our “something blue” is the song “Must Get Mine In Front” by Little Brother Montgomery with Irene Scruggs. The song was first recorded in Grafton, Wisconsin in 1930. It features Montgomery on piano and Scruggs on vocals. The song also appears on the 2008 compilation Street Walker Blues: Vintage Songs About Prostitution, Vol. 2.