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 American singer-songwriter and musician Sammy Hagar’s song titled “I Can’t Drive 55.” The song is the album opener on his eighth studio platter titled VOA. The album and the single were both released in 1984. The tune references the since-repealed national speed limit.
“Something new” this edition is the song and music video “Fight! Fight! Fight!” by Brazilian electronic musician, producer, and composer Amon Tobin. It’s the title track from his latest Two Fingers Project release of the same name. The album is set to hit the stores on May 15th.
Our “something borrowed” this edition is “Come As You Are.” This is a cover of the song by the American grunge band known as Nirvana. The song first appeared on the band’s 1992 disc Nevermind.
This unique adaptation is by French-American singer-songwriter and musician LiLi Roquelin. Her clever cover first appeared on her 2018 CD Be Inspired. (Learn more about her newest release, the digital deluxe edition, on her official website.)
Finally, the “something blue” bit this time is “Forty Four Blues.” Now a blues standard, it was a piano-driven instrumental credited to Little Brother Montgomery who taught it to Lee Green who taught it to Roosevelt Sykes in 1920s Louisiana. Sykes put lyrics to it and recorded it in 1929.
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!