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 190
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “I’ve Just Seen A Face” by the Brit band the Beatles. It was written by Paul McCartney and first appeared on their 1965 platter Help!, except in North America. There it first appeared on their 1965 release Rubber Soul.
Our “something new” here is the new, timely single “Isn’t Anybody Coming?” by American singer-songwriter and musician. According to a recent email, James wrote this song in response to recent events in the Ukraine. James is asking: “Why is not more being done to help the Ukrainian people?”
Her song concerns “the innocent civilians of a country in waiting.” James hopes her song will raise awareness, empathy, and sympathy for “innocent Ukrainian citizens.” It features James on lead vocals and acoustic guitar. Her musical partner and producer, Jim Eannelli, handles all the other instrumental tracks.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Respect” which was written and recorded by Otis Redding in 1965 and rearranged for Aretha Franklin in 1967. This bluegrass adaptation is by the Washington, D.C.-based Americana, roots and bluegrass band known as Justin Trawick and The Common Good. It was recorded live in the green room of the City Winery in Washington D.C. in 2019. For information on the act’s original music and live shows go to the group’s official website.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “New Pair Of Trousers Blues” written and recorded by US-based English singer-songwriter, and guitarist Dan Melchior. The song is off his album titled Filthy Frozen River Rag (Part 1) and was released on the Stolen Body Records label in the summer of 2016.