Something in music: origin
One evening at a hot, trendy L.A. night club 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 old” this time is “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf. Written by Mars Bonfire (the brother of Steppenwolf’s drummer), the song was the third single off the band’s debut disc Steppenwolf. It went on to be the group’s official most successful song and hit Number Two on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Our “something new” this week is a music video for the song “Too Close to the Sun.” It’s by Ashleigh Flynn & The Riveters and is off their eponymous premiere platter. The Americana-rock band is led by Ashleigh Flynn (vocals and acoustic guitar). The Riveters includes Nancy Luca (electric guitar), Carmen Paradise (bass), Jolie Clausen (drums), Jenny Conlee-Drizos (organ and piano), Kathryn Claire (fiddle and background vocals) and Ara Lee (background vocals).
Our “something borrowed” this time is James Lee Baker’s unreleased acoustic cover of Bob Dylan’s song “Just Like A Woman.” Dylan wrote and first released it on his now classic 1966 platter, Blonde on Blonde. Baker’s version was recorded live at the popular Rialto Theater in Loveland, Colorado.
Today’s “something blue” is “Stormy Monday” written and recorded by T-Bone Walker. The twelve-bar blues song’s title is “Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad).” It was released as a single in November of 1947 and hit Billboard’s official “Most Played Juke Box Race Records” chart the next year.
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 sexy or funny bride photos too!