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 181
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Gypsy” recorded by the Brit-American rock group Fleetwood Mac. It was written by band member Stevie Nicks sometime in 1979 for possible inclusion on her first solo LP. It was the second single from their Mirage album which dropped in 1982.
Our “something new” here is the new music video, “Good Times Are Waiting”, from the Lewisville, Texas-based act known as Bubble Gum Orchestra. The song is a single from BGO’s 2019 album, Beautiful Music For A Blue World. Bubble Gum Orchestra is a studio project conceived by Michael Laine Hildebrandt.
Hildebrandt is the lead singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer behind the song. According to the official BGO website, he provides lead and backing vocals, bass guitar, drums and percussion, drum programming, orchestration, keyboards, synthesizer, and lead guitar. He is backed by his brother Douglas Hildebrandt on guitars.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “A Beautiful Morning” co-written by Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere. It was released as a single by the American band the Rascals in 1968. This audio adaptation is by The Los Angeles, California-based blues-rock band Solomon King & The Chosen. It was recorded in the spring of 2021 and may be included in a future compilation of select cover cuts.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the blues bit “Slow Driving Moan” recorded by the influential American blues singer and early recording artist “Ma” Rainey. She recorded it as a single back in August of 1927. She was accompanied by her Georgia Band. It wasn’t a straight blues song.