‘Something’ in Music 43


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 music 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

“Something old” this time is “Lasagna” from American singer-songwriter and satirist “Weird Al” Yankovich. The tune is a take-off of the traditional folk song “La Bamba” with original comedic lyrics. The song is essentially about Italian culture and cuisine. It’s off his 1991 platter Even Worse.

Something new

Our “something new” here is Carla Ulbrich’s “The Peloton Song.” It was written by Carla Ulbrich as a response to the Peloton commercial. She said that by the time she got into the studio and tracked it onto a CD it would no longer be current.

The above video is her newest song uncensored, unfiltered, and unpolished. She commented further on the song on her YouTube posting:

“Yay! Christmas presents! Oh. An exercise bike. There are some things you shouldn’t give as a gift unless you’re really sure they want it. Like acne treatments. Or exercise gear.”

Something borrowed

Our “something borrowed” is “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” performed by American singer, songwriter, and actress Cyndi Lauper. Her (feminist) version is off her premiere platter She’s So Unusual which dropped in 1983. The song was written by Robert Hazard and recorded as a demo in 1979.

Something blue

Today’s “something blue” is “Rollin’ Stone” by Chicago-style blues artist Muddy Waters. It’s his adaptation of the 1920s Delta blues number “Catfish Blues.” He released it as a 10-inch 78 r.p.m. record in 1950. Waters infected the song with his own brand of sexual humor.

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