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 “Hold On Loosely.” Recorded by the American rock band 38 Special, it was written by band members Don Barnes, Jeff Carlisi, and Jim Peterik. The song was the lead single off their 1981 studio platter Wild-Eyed Southern Boys. It hit number three on the Billboard Rock Tracks chart.
“Something new” this edition is the new single “Beautiful Murderer” by American singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Blacker. Also a board-certified music therapist, she strives to “take [her] audience on a journey” via her music. The exceptionally evocative song “Beautiful Murderer” is her newest step in doing just that.
Our “something borrowed” this edition is “Me and My Uncle” recorded by the Christopher Hawley Rollers. This is a cover of a song written by John Phillips of Mamas and Papas fame in 1963. It was first recorded by Judy Collins in 1964. This version is off their 2012 disc Meditations.
Finally, the “something blue” this time is “Hoochie Coochie Man” first recorded by the legendary Muddy Waters in 1954. This popular blues standard was written by Willie Dixon. It is also well-known for its unique use of a stop-time arrangement and references to elements of hoodoo folk magic.
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!