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 205
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd. Penned by band member Roger Waters, it first appeared on the group’s 1977 platter titled Animals. It is one of the vinyl’s three parts in which pigs represent those whom Waters considers being those in power.
Our “something new” this edition is the new music video “Beautiful Mess” recorded by the award-winning American singer-songwriter and public speaker Chloé Temtchine. Temtchine is also the creator of the program “Super Brave,” an interview series that focuses on adults and children who live with chronic illnesses. She co-wrote the song with producer Mark Barrette. The music video’s storyline was written, directed, and shot by Mark Duggan.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Eleanor Rigby” written primarily by Paul McCartney. It first appeared on the Beatles’ 1966 LP Revolver. This cover is by an act known as The Yellow Tigers.
According to the C-side Records website, the Yellow Tigers “is a project involving Franklin and any number of various family & friends. He has written and recorded short stories about fantastical family adventures, and recorded a few cover songs as well.” The song was originally “recorded for inclusion on an album titled Thom’s Revolver, a cover of the entire [Revolver] album made by friends for Thom on his 30th birthday. He sang lead and backup vocals and had his daddy do the guitar and singing saw.”
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Clear Blue Skies Today.” It was written and recorded by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Pamela Davis. According to a post on social media, Davis “played all the instruments, including guitar, piano, bass, drums, all string and horn arrangements, plus lead and harmony vocal parts.” Davis concludes this is the “2015 acoustic version of my song ‘Clear Blue Skies Today’ from my 2011 album Clear Blue Skies.”