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 “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” by Pink Floyd. It’s a protest song aimed at rigid schooling in the UK. Highlighted by the inclusion of a children’s choir, it was written by bassist Roger Waters. It’s part of a three-part composition and is off the platter The Wall which dropped in 1979.
Our “something new” this week is “Magnetic.” It’s by X. Ari. X. ARI is a Canadian singer-songwriter and artist based in Los Angeles, California. Her signature sound is a fluid blend of multiple music genres including alternative, pop, and hip-hop.
In a recent e-mail, she discusses the track: “I’m so excited to share my new song with you! It’s about that magnetic feeling you get when you fall in love.” She adds: “If you’re not in love right now I hope you find that spark again soon and have a connection that’s ocean deep.”
“If you’re in LA.” she concludes, “come to Pour Vous on Sept 15th for my Singles Single Release Party with ANIIML and dating app, Kindra.” Doors open at 6 p.m. The Speed Dating begins at 7 p.m. The music starts at 8:30 p.m.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the B-52s’ 1979 cover of “Downtown.” It was written by Tony Hatch and originally recorded and released by Petula Clark in 1964. This B-52 cover ditches the 1960s idealism from the cut and replaces it with their trademark call-and-response squeals. It’s the closing cut on the band’s eponymous album.
Today’s “something blue” is “Hellhound On My Trail.” It was originally recorded by the famous Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson in 1937. Legend has it that Johnson got his talent by selling his soul to the devil. Thus this song feeds the legend as it focuses on a man who made a deal with Satan.
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!