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 214
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Wild Night” written and recorded by the Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. It is the opening track on his fifth platter Tupelo Honey which dropped back in 1971. As a single, it slotted in at number 28 on the famous Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Our “something new” this edition is the new single “Got Down To The Soul” by the American choral rock band from Dallas, Texas known as The Polyphonic Spree. The act was founded by American rock musician and singer-songwriter Tim DeLaughter. They are expecting to release a new album sometime next year.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Imagine” by English singer-songwriter and musician John Lennon. It’s off his 1971 platter of the same name. This imaginatively reworked version is by R&B singer-songwriter Lynne Fiddmont. It’s off her 2018 album titled Power of Love.
If you’d like to hear Fiddmont and her band and are in the Los Angeles area, they will be performing live outdoors on Thursday, August 18th as part of the Jazz at the Fountain series. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Los Angeles’ well-known Fountain Theatre. Tickets are $40.00.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “As The Years Go Passing By” performed by musician Gary Moore. It was reportedly written by either Don Robey or Peppermint Harris and was first recorded by Fenton Robinson in 1959. This cover version is off Moore’s 1990 disc Still Got the Blues.
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!