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 “Baba O’Riley”, by the Brit band the Who. It opens the group’s 1971 studio album Who’s Next. Written by guitarist and secondary vocalist Pete Townshend, it was originally meant to be part of his Lifehouse project, a follow-up to the band’s 1969 rock opera, Tommy.
Our “something new” this week is “Moonshine” by Tawny Ellis. It’s the new single from her upcoming audio offering LOVE LIFE (due to drop early next year).
In a recent email, Ellis said the track is a “very special song to me, not only because It’s the funnest song to play live but because it seems to have come from another universe.” She added: “I had some wonderful help on [the] recording of this song. Brilliant players that brought their own magical whip to it.”
Ellis concludes: “I am so grateful to Gio Loria, Dylan Day, Quinn and Jesse Siebenberg, all who played on it and to Jesse for his incredible ears on bringing it all together and getting the mix just right. The official video is coming soon, I will share it as soon as it’s finished.”
Our “something borrowed” is Fred Frith’s instrumental cover version of “Dancing In The Street” which was written by Marvin Gaye, Ivy Jo Hunter, and William Stevenson. First recorded and released by Martha & The Vandellas in 1964, Frith’s version is off his 1980 platter Gravity. (It was also covered by David Bowie and Mick Jagger in 1985.)
Today’s “something blue” is “The Thrill Is Gone” by B.B. King. The song is a classic, slow minor-key blues number. It was composed in 1951 by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell. Hawkins’ recorded it that same year. King scored a major hit with it years later in 1970.
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!