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 236
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Revival” by the American rock group the Allman Brothers Band. It was the premiere single off the band’s second platter, Idlewild South which hit the record racks back in 1970. It was written by Dickey Betts, guitarist, and was the first Allman Brothers tune to chart.
Our “something new” this edition is the new single “California Girl.” It was written and first recorded by Mike Viola and The Candy Butchers. This clever cover cut is by singer-songwriter and keyboardist Linda XO.
It’s off her upcoming new disc Donuts & Flowers. According to a recent email, the vocalist “first heard this slightly sad forgotten pop gem in the small East Village music clubs of New York City.” The adaptation was “[p]roduced by longtime friend and writing partner Orion Simprini (of The Orion Experience).” The song is represented “as a shoegaze, indie-rock style” that recalls “the fun and innocence of the early ‘90s.” XO works to take “the listener to a place where the sky is always blue and the sun is always shining.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Stupid Cupid” which was co-written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. It became a hit for American pop singer Connie Francis in 1958. This live cover version is by American singer Kayla Stockert and was taped in 2021.
In a message on social media Stockert briefly spoke of the tune. She said: “This song has been a part of me for so long. Connie Francis has always been an inspiration and continues to be. I thought it would be fun to revisit this song. Thank you to Max, my guitarist, and friend! [It was] filmed [in] Deer Park, New York. Shout out to all the amazing people that made this Live Stattfest happen!”
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Rex’s Blues.” The song is written by American singer-songwriter and musician Townes Van Zandt. This tuneful tribute track is by American singer-songwriter and musician Brian Blake. It was recorded on New Year’s Day, 2018. (Read all about Blake’s most recent release, Book of Life, right here!)
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!