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 tune “Jack & Diane.” Recorded by American singer-songwriter John Cougar ( Mellencamp) in 1982, this successful song is included on his 1982 platter American Fool. The song was written by the artist himself. It camped out at the top of the charts for one month.
“Something new” this edition is the premiere animated video from an upcoming three-part series by architect, singer-songwriter, and musician Strictly Elizabeth. It’s titled “What Happened to Stephanie?” The video features music from the song “Oscillation Friday” off her recently released platter Shelter In Place.
According to a recent e-mail, this video is “a video-painting triptych.” It focuses on “the story of two women, Elizabeth and Stephanie along with their male companions Zee and Hayden. The story takes place in lower Manhattan in the summer of the Occupy Wall Street movement, after 9/11 and before COVID 19.”
Our “something borrowed” this edition is “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the band Devo. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards who first recorded it in 1965 with the Rolling Stones. This adaptation of the song is off Devo’s 1978 platter Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
Finally, the “something blue” this time is “Juke.” This instrumental was first recorded by Chicago bluesman Little Walter in 1952. It would go on to be not only his first hit but the most important of his entire career. In fact, today it is considered a blues harmonica standard.
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!