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 “Carry on Wayward Son.” It’s a song by the American band Kansas. The song was written by Kerry Livgren. It’s off their 1976 platter Leftoverture. Band guitarist Kerry Livgren had still not shared this tune with the band. had one song that he hadn’t shared with the band. When frontman Steve Walsh succumbed to writer’s block Livgren finally shared this tune.
Our “something new” this week is the new music video “BSMI.” 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 song and video: “I came up with the song title ‘Broke, Single, and Mentally Ill (BSMI)’ when I was depressed and couldn’t get out of bed one day. While languishing I came up with a music video concept. I felt my light come back and I hopped out of bed with excitement.”
X.ARI continued: “The next day I wrote the song with Mark Rudin, which is the definition of turning pain into power, my mantra and message for mental health awareness. I wrote, co-directed, and produced this music video and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it.” To anyone in the area, she added: “Come celebrate with me at Sayers Club in LA on March 26th at 9:30 pm for a screening and live performance.”
Our “something borrowed” this edition is “American Woman” performed by Lenny Kravitz. This is his version of a song by the Canadian rock band The Guess Who. It was written by the entire band. It was a live improvisation. Recorded in 1969, it was first released in 1970 on their album of the same name.
Today’s “something blue” is “Born Under A Bad Sign” by US blues singer and guitarist Albert King. It was recorded in May of 1967. The original music was composed by Booker T. Jones of Booker T. & the M.G.’s. The original lyrics were written by R&B singer William Bell.
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!