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 226
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cover cut “Superstition” adapted by American singer-songwriter and guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. It was written and first recorded by American singer-songwriter and musician Stevie Wonder and released as a single in 1972. Vaughan’s version above was recorded in 1986, and released as a single from his platter Live Alive.
Our “something new” this edition is the new song “Don’t Choose Heaven” by the Los Angeles, California-based Canadian singer-songwriter and artist X.ARI. In a recent email, the performer discussed the birth of the song. She said: “When I had suicidal thoughts I wrote ‘Don’t Choose Heaven’ to help me process the pain.”
She added: “I went through a really bad phase of suicidal ideation earlier this year. The intrusive thoughts were scary and disturbing, and I wasn’t sure it would stop. After a year of ongoing Harm OCD episodes without much relief despite having a great therapist, I felt like I was out of hope. I wanted to get on medication for OCD, but my psychiatrist couldn’t prescribe it because it interacts negatively with meds, I need to take for Bipolar 1.”
X.ARI continued: “Luckily, music and loved ones were there to support me. When I didn’t know how else to put it in words, I turned them into lyrics. I went to my keyboard and the chorus of this song poured out of me. I brought the idea to my incredible producer & co-writer Tal Vaisman and he helped me transmute the song into what it is now.”
she wrote it “in support of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention LA/Central Coast in honour of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.”
She notes: “Every 40 seconds worldwide someone dies from suicide. In my lifetime I’d like to see this statistic change. I’m grateful that suicidal ideation was a phase and that I didn’t do anything drastic.”
X.ARI concludes: “I have so much to live for, and so do you. If you’re having dark thoughts, please get help immediately by calling 988 in the US. Don’t choose heaven, choose earth – where you and I are meant to be. Please share this song for those who need love, light & support.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “New Speedway Boogie” which was first recorded by the Grateful Dead in 1970 and co-written by band frontman Jerry Garcia and lyricst Robert Hunter. This live cover is by the Chicago, Illinois-based psychedelic jam band Lost Pyramids. It was recorded live in Chicago, Illinois at Martyrs’ on February 20th, 2020. If you’re interested in hearing just what the group is up to now, keep an eye out for their upcoming new release Monsters Under My Bed.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Blue Skies” recorded by American jazz singer and songwriter Halie Loren. This is a stylish cover of the 1926 Irving Berlin song. Loren’s adaptation originally appeared on her 2008 disc titled They Oughta Write a Song.
Interested in hearing more of Halie Loren? If you’re in the neighborhood, Loren will be performing on October 21st, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sapphire Room at the Riverside Hotel, in Boise, Idaho. Tickets for this all-ages concert are $35.00 and $45.00. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
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!