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 215
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Victoria” recorded by the Brit band the Kinks and written by band member Ray Davies. It’s the lead-in for the group’s concept album Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) which hit the record racks in 1969.
Our “something new” this edition is the new single “The Broken Heart Side Of The Road” which was written and recorded by New York-based singer-songwriter and musician Bill Scorzari. It is the second single off his new album The Crosswinds Of Kansas. The song features Scorzari (acoustic guitar and vocals), Brent Burke (dobro), Fats Kaplin (fiddle), Will Kimbrough (mandolin), Matt Menefee (banjo), Michael Rinne (upright bass), Neilson Hubbard (drums and percussion) and Marie Lewey and Cindy Richardson Walker a.k.a. The Shoals Sisters (backing vocals). (Read all about his new disc right here!)
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Lithium” recorded by the American rock group Nirvana. Written by frontman Kurt Cobain, it originally appeared on their 1991 disc Nevermind. This choral-driven cover is by the Dallas-based American choral rock band Polyphonic Spree.
It was first included on their 2006 EP Wait. Formed in 2000 by singer/songwriter Tim DeLaughter, Polyphonic Spree has a new single, “Got Down To The Soul” and is hoping to release a new album next year.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the piece “Beaver Slide Rag” by Georgia blues guitar legend Peg Leg Howell and His Gang (most notably bluesman Henry Williams and violinist Eddie Anthony. It was first released in 1927. More recently it appears on the 2003 disc Coal Man 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!