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 197
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Well All Right” written and first recorded by Buddy Holly and The Crickets in 1958. This adaptation is by the American rock group Santana. It was featured on the act’s 10th platter titled Inner Secret and dropped in 1978.
Our “something new” here is the new single and music video “Only All The Time” by American performing artist Abbie Gardner. It’s off her upcoming new disc titled DobroSinger due out soon. It features Gardner on dobro and vocals. On social media, Gardner notes that the song was co-written with Molly Venter, “as an answer song to Dolly Parton’s ‘Do I Ever Cross Your Mind’.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the 1966 song “Suzanne” by Canadian composer Leonard Cohen and was first recorded by American singer-songwriter Judy Collins later that year. This live cover cut is by Texas singer-songwriter and guitarist Wayne Willingham. His version serves as the album endnote to his upcoming disc Temptation Row. (Watch this site for your rockin’ writer’s review!)
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Cowtown Blues” by Denver, Colorado-based singer-songwriter James Lee Baker. It was first included on his 2017 disc titled Home Again. In a message on social media Baker briefly described the song saying: “[It’s] a tongue-and-cheek story inspired by my childhood in Amarillo, Texas under the clench of the belt buckle of the bible belt and the crush of cute church girls.” (Read about his new album right here.)