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 210
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Peace Train” written and recorded by Brit singer-songwriter and musician Cat Stevens. It first appeared on his 1971 platter titled Teaser and the Firecat. It rose to number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became his first Top 10 hit in the US.
Our “something new” this edition is the new single and music video “In The Night” by UK recording artist Daniel Hugh and Los Angeles, California’s own Americana singer-songwriter Emily Zuzik. In a message on social media, this track, produced by Hugh, “is a trans-Atlantic collaboration.” Zuzik sings lead vocals on this synthpop anthem. The tune is the premiere single off Hugh’s upcoming debut solo disc Now or Never.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Landslide.” It was written by American singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks and first appears on the self-titled Fleetwood Mac platter Fleetwood Mac which dropped in 1975. This tuneful tribute cover from February 2021 is by Nashville, Tennessee-based singer-songwriter and musician Shanna in a Dress. In a post on social media, she briefly discussed her acoustic adaptation. She said: “[I] love me some Stevie!”
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Good Grinding.” It was first recorded by American pianist and singer Little Brother Montgomery and blues singer Irene Scruggs. The song was recorded as a single sometime probably between 1930 and 1936. His music most notably inspired Otis Spann and Sunnyland Slim.
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!