‘Something’ in Music 59

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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 

“Something old” this time is “Roundabout.”  Recorded by the English prog-rock band, Yes, the cut first appeared on their 1971 platter Fragile.  The song was written by lead singer Jon Anderson and guitarist Steve Howe.  It was put out as an edited single in the US in 1972.     

Something new 

“Something new” this edition is the animated music video “Borders/Fronteras” by American singer-songwriter Melissa Sullivan.  The song is off her recently released disc Late Last Night.  Her signature sound is a musical mix of multiple genres including Americana, blues, folk,  jazz, and pop.  

The video of this Brazilian-tinged duet features guitar and vocals from guest artist Lito De La Isla.  It also includes co-producers Peter Adams and Edward Maxwell on guitar and upright bass respectively.   The video was animated by Serena Viganò and directed by Gabriele Fabbro.  The images clearly reference the song lyrics sung alternately in English and Spanish. 

Something borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this edition is “Angel From Montgomery” by singer/songwriter and musician Bonnie Raitt.  It was written by singer-songwriter John Prine who first recorded it in 1971 for his self-titled LP John Prine.  This specific adaptation of the song is off Bonnie Raitt’s 1974 recording Streetlights.

Something blue

Finally, the “something blue” this time is “The Little Red Rooster.”  Originally known as simply “The Red Rooster”, this blues standard is credited to songwriter and arranger Willie Dixon.  It was first recorded in the Chicago blues style by the American blues musician known as Howlin’ Wolf in 1961.

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