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 211
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Never Going Back Again” recorded by the Brit-American group Fleetwood Mac. It was written by lead guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. The track first appeared on their 11th platter Rumours which dropped in 1977. In the US, it was also the B-side of the single “Don’t Stop.”
Our “something new” this edition is the new single “Make Better Friends” by Amon Tobin’s Only Child Tyrant. In a recent email, Tobin made the meaning of this new track quite clear. “ONLY CHILD TYRANT has some advice for you. You know you should listen to it. Life’s too short. ‘Make Better Friends’.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Woman Is The N*gg*r Of The World” by former Beatle John Lennon and Yoko Ono for their 1972 platter Some Time in New York City”. Lennon was making a pro-feminist statement that many missed. He felt women were the most exploited people in our society.
He told the press: “I agree that a lot of people, Black and white, are slaves in the world, but each of them has his own slaves and that’s usually the wife.” This audio adaptation of the 50-year-old once-controversial cut is by the collaborative music project known as The Vegetarians. It’s off the act’s 2011 noteworthy release titled Remustered & Remixed Salad. (Read a review of The Vegetarians’ most recent release right here!)
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the “Like Blue Velvet” by composers, songwriters, and multi-instrumentalists Paul Adams and Elizabeth Geyer. The track is from the 2015 album titled Imaginings. If you’d like to experience another side of Adams’ musical mind, he recently let his talent run free on the album This Curious Wonder under the name PD Adams. (Read a full review of the new disc 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!