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 208
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Sugaree.” It was co-written by Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter. It first appeared on Garcia’s premiere solo outing titled simply Garcia. Garcia played everything but the drums on this 1972 release. Bill Kreutzmann served as drummer.
Our “something new” this edition is the song “From Where I Stand” recorded by North Carolina’s own seasoned singer-songwriter and musician Wyatt Easterling. It is the title track from his upcoming album, From Where I Stand which drops on July 29th. A recent email noted that this first single is Easterling’s way of letting people “know that he will be bringing them along on an emotional and glaringly human experience.” (Watch for a full review of the disc coming soon!)
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Just a Friend” by American rapper Biz Markie. It’s off his 1989 disc, The Biz Never Sleeps. This swing cover 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 2018. Here the band teams up with a troupe of swing dancers doing the Lindy Hop.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “I’ll Sing The Blues” recorded by the Portland, Oregon-based pair of singer-songwriter/musicians Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo known as Silver Lake 66. It’s an emotional Americana ballad by Francis and one of the first songs off their new album The Space Between Us. It’s an apt album endnote that amply demonstrates the act’s empathy. (Read a review of the entire album here.)
Did we mention your favorite “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”? If not, let us know. Don’t forget to send us your bride photos too!