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 239
Our “something old” in this edition is the classic cut “Best Of My Love” recorded by the American rock band the Eagles. The song was co-written by band members Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and singer-songwriter J.D. Souther. It was first featured on the group’s vinyl On the Border which hit stores in 1974.
Our “something new” this edition is the new music video “Your Love Is Like An Ocean.” The cut was composed and recorded by Washington, DC-based author, composer and musician cellist Fred Lieder. Lieder briefly discussed the video and track on social media. He said the music video was produced “by the amazing Jim Robeson.” He added: [This] “original [instrumental is] coming out on my upcoming CD The Journey.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “What a Wonderful World” which was co-written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss. It was originally recorded by American trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong in 1967. This tuneful tribute is by blues singer-songwriter and arranger Michelly Cordova and jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Yukako Yamano.
This performance was recorded live at the Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn, New York on October 6th, 2022. The performing pair recently released a collaborative album titled 7 Years of Luck. (Keep an eye on this site for a full review of the disc!)
Finally, our “something blue” in this edition is the original song “Blue Days Blue Nights” which was written, recorded and produced by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Pamela Davis. The track first appeared on her 2010 album Play To Win. One fan referred to both the disc and Davis as “impressive.”
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!