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 217
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill” recorded by the legendary English band The Beatles. Although credited to Lennon-McCartney, it was written by John Lennon. It first appeared on the group’s 1968 double album titled The Beatles (a.k.a. The “White Album”).
Our “something new” this edition is the new single “Sunlight (feat. Big Richard)” by Boulder, Colorado-based band Drunken Hearts. Drunken Hearts current band roster includes Andrew McConathy (acoustic guitar and lead vocals), Alex Johnson (drums, percussion and samples), Adrian Engfer (upright bass and violin), Tyler Adams (piano), and Andy Reiner (violin). In a recent email McConathy spoke of the song.
He said: “I wrote ‘Sunlight’ in September of 2021, I was depressed about the pandemic and hung up on trying to get things back to the way they used to be. The weekend before, I planned a writing trip to a cabin in the mountains of Colorado but encountered some of the worst writer’s block I’ve had. It was pretty frustrating, and I guess only made my condition worse.”
He concluded: “However, when I got home, ‘Sunlight’ emerged the first time I pulled out my guitar. While it certainly delves into depression and anxiety, ‘Sunlight’ also serves as a reminder to be resilient in the face of adversity, and to never, ever stop pursuing your dreams, even if you can’t get out of bed in the morning.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “God Bless the Child” co-written by singer Billie Holiday and composer Arthur Herzog Jr. in 1939. Holiday was the first to record the song, released as a single in 1942. This adaptation is by R&B singer-songwriter Lynne Fiddmont. It’s off her 2015 album titled Lady.
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 R&B song “Big Ten Inch Record”, a.k.a. “Big Ten-Inch (Record of the Blues).” It was written by Fred Weismantel and first recorded in 1952 by American singer and saxophonist Bull Moose Jackson and covered by Aerosmith in 1975.
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!