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 “Go Your Own Way.” It’s a song by Brit-American band Fleetwood Mac. The song was written by Lindsey Buckingham. It’s off their 1977 platter Rumours. The tune was first released as the LP’s first single in 1976 both in the US and the UK.
Our “something new” here is “This Living Is Easy” by American singer/songwriter Doug Conlon. The song was released earlier this week. His wife, singer/songwriter Annette Conlon, said “[Doug] is the primary songwriter, I was a producer on the track.” Here Conlon demonstrates once more that it’s not only the pretty one in the family who knows his way around the songwriting game.
Our “something borrowed” this edition is “La Bamba.” This is Los Lobos version of the Mexican folk song successfully adapted by Ritchie Valens in 1958. Recorded in 1986, the Los Lobos version was the titular track for the 1987 movie La Bamba and topped the charts in the US and the UK.
Today’s “something blue” is “Good Morning, Schoolgirl” by pre-war Chicago blues singer and reported harmonica pioneer Sonny Boy Williamson I. It was first recorded on May 5, 1937. The song was released as a 10-inch 78 rpm record and is now a blues standard. It is also known as “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl.”
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!