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 240
Our “something old” in this edition is the classic cut “Farm on the Freeway” recorded by the Brit rock group Jethro Tull. It was written by frontman Ian Anderson. The song first appeared on the band’s 16th studio album, Crest of a Knave, which dropped back in 1987.
Our “something new” this edition is the new single and music video “The Invisible Man” by DEVO’s Gerald V. Casale. It comes fresh off his announcement that he will be releasing a special Black Friday Record Store Day “clear vinyl six-track EP” titled The Invisible Man on November 25th. The EP will also be available on compact disc and cassette.
The track features Casale on lead vocals, bass, and synthesizers, Josh Freese (Guns N Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer) on percussion, synths, and programming, and Steve Bartek (Oingo Boingo) on guitars. The remix, or “remodeling”, is by Martyn Ware of Heaven 17 fame.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the traditional tune “I Was Young When I Left Home” which was reinterpreted and recorded by Dylan in 1961. This tuneful tribute is by New York-based singer-songwriter and musician Bill Scorzari. It was recorded in New York on March 17th, 2020. (Check out a full review of his most recent release, The Crosswinds Of Kansas, right here!)
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Wang Dang Doodle” performed by American songstress Koko Taylor and written by the legendary blues artist Willie Dixon. Dixon persuaded Taylor to record it in 1965. Her cover became a hit. It reached number 13 on the Billboard R&B chart and is considered by some sources to be one of the top 100 blues songs.
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!