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 “Low Rider.” The song was written and recorded by the American funk band War in 1974. The cut first appeared on the group’s 1975 platter. The song was written by Why Can’t We Be Friends? It hit number one on the Billboard R&B singles chart.
Our “something new” this week is the new song and video “Take Me Home.” It’s by X. ARI. X. ARI is a Canadian singer-songwriter and performer based in Los Angeles, California. Her signature sound is a mix of multiple music genres including alternative, pop, and hip-hop.
In a recent email, she discusses the song and video: “I’m excited to share my latest single and first-ever lyric video with you for my new song ‘Take Me Home’. It’s a love song about meeting someone who lives far away and wanting them to take you home with them when they go back. It’s bittersweet, but hey, isn’t love like that? Hope you dig and if you do feel free to share it!”
Our “something borrowed” this edition is “All Along The Watchtower” performed by Jeff Fetterman. It was written by Bob Dylan and made even more famous by Jimi Hendrix in 1967. This specific adaptation of the song is off Pennsylvania-based singer-songwriter and musician Jeff Fetterman’s new disc Southern Son. Fetterman’s version comes complete with an additional surprising funky intro that was otherwise inspired by Hendrix’s version.
Finally, the “something blue” this time is “Come On in My Kitchen” by American blues artist Robert Johnson. This song was first recorded in 1936. The song was first released in July of 1937. Some music scholars claim that Johnson’s bass lines were inspired by Leroy Carr’s piano in “How Long.”
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!