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 “Free Bird.” Recorded by Lynyrd Skynyrd, it was written by guitarist Allen Collins and then lead singer Ronnie Van Zant. It first appeared on the band’s 1973 debut disc Lynyrd Skynyrd (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd). The popular unfaded-ending version of the first recording appears on Skynyrd’s Innyrds.
Our “something new” this week is the new music video for “Dirt” by Kelly’s Lot. It was directed by Mikaela Supulski. The song is written by Kelly Zirbes and it’s from her recent release Can’t Take My Soul. (Read the album review here.) Zirbes sings lead vocals backed by Perry Robertson (guitars), Matt McFadden (bass), Michael Mason (drums) and Bobby Orgel (keys).
Interested in seeing Kelly’s Lot live? They will be playing CARLFEST in Promenade Park in Ventura, California on October 12. It’s the 7th annual benefit for the Canine Adoption and Rescue League.
Additionally, you can also check out the official Kelly’s Lot 25 Year Anniversary Party at The Mint in Los Angeles, California on November 1 from 8 to 10 p.m.
Our “something borrowed” is Billy Joel’s version of “Make You Feel My Love.” The song was written by Bob Dylan and it appears on his 1997 Time Out of Mind album. Interestingly, Joel’s cover was released one month earlier that same year on his Greatest Hits Volume III compilation.
Today’s “something blue” is “Spoonful.” It was written by Willie Dixon. Dixon loosely based it on “A Spoonful Blues”, which was recorded in 1929 by Charley Patton. The song was first recorded in 1960 by Howlin’ Wolf. The Brit rock band Cream made it popular in the late 1960s.
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!