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 230
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Beth” recorded by the American rock group Kiss. It first appeared on their 1976 platter titled Destroyer. The song was co-written by drummer Peter Criss, his pal Stan Penridge and producer Bob Ezrin. It went on to be the band’s biggest hit in the US.
Our “something new” this edition is the new song “Fascination” by US rapper, singer-songwriter, and producer Christel South now professionally known as Empress Kush. Her previous tracks include “I Just Wanna F*** Elon Musk”, “Coke Dick”, and “The Rona.” In an e-communique Kush commented on the cut.
She said: “Here it is! The fifth single off my upcoming Celebrity Crush album, ‘Fascination’ is a funky pop tune about the futility of having a celebrity crush.” Regarding the credits, Kush said: “It’s just me writing and performing and my producer Darren Vegas making the beats. A note of interest — Darren was the head producer at Death Row Records.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Back to Black” by English singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse. She co-wrote it with American-Brit DJ Mark Ronson. It’s the title track from her 2006 disc.
This clever cover version from 2015 is by Los Angeles, California-based jazz and blues singer-songwriter and arranger Michelly Cordova. On social media, Cordova said: “[I] wanted to share my version of Amy Winehouse’s iconic song. You can read more about me and hear my music at [my website].”
If you’d like to see her perform live, you’re in luck! According to a recent email Cordova and jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Yukako Yamano are currently on “their US road tour, from Los Angeles to New York City.” The performing pair also announced that they will soon be releasing a new collaborative album titled 7 Years of Luck. (Keep your eyes peeled for a possible future review of the work right here!)
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Police Dog Blues” and was recorded by US-based English singer-songwriter and guitarist Dan Melchior. The song is off his 2018 Swashbuckling Hobo Records release ‘the folksinger’. The work was originally available digitally and on both red and black vinyl.
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!