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 191
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “It Ain’t Me Babe” by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. The song first appeared on his fourth platter titled Another Side of Bob Dylan, which hit the record racks in 1964. The song was also covered by other acts including the Turtles and Johnny Cash.
Our “something new” here is the new song and music video “Deep Down in Your Bones” by Galveston, Texas area singer-songwriter and musician Cheryl Cawood. Written by Cawood, the song is off her upcoming debut disc titled Bullet In The Cabin Wall. On social media, Cawood commented on her first solo single and music video.
“This is a tune about a mother and daughter’s strained relationship and how the mother’s choices reflect on her daughter. [The video was] filmed on a cold and blustery day, the weather matched the content of the song. Even the leaves had abandoned the trees.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Rebel Rebel” written and first recorded by the English singer-songwriter David Bowie. It first appeared on his 1974 platter Diamond Dogs. 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 someday be included in a compilation of cover cuts.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Pussy! (My Girl’s Pussy)” by Harry Roy. It was recorded in 1931 by Roy and “His Bat Club Boys.” It features Roy on sax and vocals, Ivor Moreton on piano, Tommy Venn on banjo and guitar, Arthur Calkin on bass, and Bill Currie on drums and vocals.