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 195
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Hello, It’s Me” by American musician and recording artist Todd Rundgren. It was originally recorded as a slow song with his band Nazz in 1968. This hit mid-tempo version is off his 1972 solo platter titled Something/Anything?.
Our “something new” here is the song “Born in the City” by American performing artist Abbie Gardner. This is the official video and second single off her upcoming new disc titled DobroSinger due out May 2022. Filmed in Jersey City, New Jersey with CourTney Collins and Brian Yost, it features Gardner on solo resophonic guitar (dobro) and vocals. The song was co-written with Will Kimbrough.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “The 1” by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, for her 2020 album, Folklore. This informal audio adaptation is by Nashville, Tennessee-based singer-songwriter and musician Shanna in a Dress. It was recorded later that same year.
In a recent post on social media, she discussed the cover. She said: “My friend Greg Silvus recorded the piano part and me doing the vocal first then we recorded myself on video adding guitar to the track I’d recorded- and have one lyric mess up – oops! Still figuring this YouTube thing out!” she laughed.
Shanna concluded: “[M]y dream is to co-write a song with Taylor, so if any of you can hook me up with that…” Recently, she provided backing vocals on James Lee Baker’s new upcoming album, Impressions. Shanna’s official premiere platter, Robot, drops later this month.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song is “Permanently Blue.” The song was written and recorded by the Texas duo Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus. This original song is off their 2010 disc titled Ray of Hope. The Austin-based folk-rock duo will be releasing a new album this summer named Going The Distance.