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 209
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Bungle In The Jungle” by Brit prog-rock band Jethro Tull. The song was written by frontman Ian Anderson. It first appeared on the band’s 1974 platter War Child. Later released as a single, it became a top 20 hit in the US and Canada.
Our “something new” this edition is the new song “Cottonwood Leaves.” It was written and recorded by Athens, Ohio-based singer-songwriter and musician Megan Bee. The tune is off her latest album Cottonwood which, according to a recent email, “was released locally earlier this year and now is being shared nationally.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Stuck In The Middle With You.” It was written by Scottish musicians Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan and recorded by their band Stealers Wheel. It first appeared on the group’s 1972 eponymous debut disc.
This fun cover is by Canadian singer-songwriter Laurie Biagini. The tuneful tribute is included in her new 14-track album titled Stranger In The Mirror. (Keep an eye out for your rockin’ writer’s review of Biagini’s noteworthy new release coming soon!)
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Frontline Worker Blues” recorded by Jay and The Cooks. This song, includes lyrics by frontman Jack Ryan and music by musician Stéphane Missri. It’s an unabashed, unapologetic response to the pandemic.
The song is off the act’s most recent release Dried Up Dreams. The work features Ryan on guitar and vocals, Missri on banjo and guitar, Paul Susen on fiddle and mandolin, Christian Poidevin on harmonica and dobro, Marten Ingle on bass and double bass, and Marty Vickers on drums and percussion. (Read a full review of the 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!