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 the hit song “Bad to the Bone.” Recorded by the American band George Thorogood and the Destroyers, it was written by Thorogood. The song originally appeared on their 1982 LP of the same name. The song adapts the lyrics and hooks of Muddy Waters’ classic “Mannish Boy.”
“Something new” this edition is the new single “N.S.A” by the Washington, D.C.-based band Vegas With Randolph. According to the band, this is their new one for Summer 2020. Their signature sound is a healthy blend of power pop, rock, and alternative. They encourage everyone to “give it a watch, no strings attached!”
Our “something borrowed” this edition is “Dazed And Confused’ recorded by Led Zeppelin. This is actually a cover of a song composed by American singer-songwriter Jake Holmes who first released it in 1967. English artist Jimmy Page soon recorded it with the Yardbirds. This exceptional adaptation appears on the eponymous 1969 debut disc of his next band Led Zeppelin.
Finally, the “something blue” bit this time could also be included under “something borrowed.” It’s the classic song “Statesboro Blues.” It’s actually a Piedmont blues tune written and recorded by Blind Willie McTell in 1928. Taj Mahal recorded this well-known blues-rock adaptation of the song in 1968.
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!