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 212
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “That’s The Way” recorded by the English rock band, Led Zeppelin. The song was co-written by band members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. It first appeared on the group’s third platter, Led Zeppelin III, which dropped back in 1970.
Our “something new” this edition is the new song “Ways” by the West Virginia-based band known as The Company Stores. It’s the debut single off their upcoming new album titled The Family Album. The disc is set to drop on September 23rd. The band roster features Ileana Ille (lead vocals), Matthew Marks (guitar and lyrics), Michael Micucci (bass), Joseph Cevallos (trumpet and violin), Matthew Jackfert (keyboards, vibes, trombone, and “other instruments”), and John Query (drums).
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “The Way It Is” written by American singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby and first released on the 1986 album The Way It Is by the American rock band Bruce Hornsby and the Range. This audio adaptation is by trumpet player Mike Cottone. The number appears on his 2020 disc titled Thank You.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Wichita Blues.” The song was written and recorded by the “Acoustic Americana” act Damn Tall Buildings. The group currently consists of multi-instrumentalist and main lyricist Max Capistran (guitar, banjo, and vocals), Sasha Dubyk (upright bass and vocals), and Avery Ballotta (violin, banjo, and vocals). It originally appeared on their premiere platter, Cure-All, which dropped in 2014. (Watch for a review of their newest disc Sleeping Dogs on this website.)
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!