‘Something’ in Music 62


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 the classic cut “House of the Rising Sun.”  The song is a traditional folk song.  Also known as “Rising Sun Blues”, the most successful version of the song was recorded by the Brit band The Animals in 1964.  It hit number in the US, the UK, and France. 

Something new 

Our “something new” this edition is “Walking On A Wire.”  It was written and recorded by the Oklahoma Americana husband and wife duo, The Imaginaries.  More specifically, The Imaginaries are Shane Henry (guitar and vocals) and Maggie McClure (keys, piano, and vocals).  

It’s their third single and video.  In a recent email, the performing pair discussed their new track.  They stated that the song is “about facing obstacles head on and pushing through, no matter what, to overcome them.”  

McClure adds it “is about the balancing act that artists face daily.  It’s about opportunities that we’ve been given that have then been taken away due to circumstances completely out of our control. But it’s also a song about keeping the faith and staying the course, no matter what.”  

Something borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this edition is “Mean Old World” performed by the Indiana-born band The Head Honchos.  It was first recorded by famous American blues electric guitar musician T-Bone Walker in 1942.  This specific adaptation of the song appears on their 2019 disc Bring It On Home

Something blue

Finally, the “something blue” this time is “The Things That I Used To Do.”  This 12-bar blues song written by Guitar Slim.  It was arranged and produced by a young Ray Charles.  The song was first released as a 7-inch single in 1953 and sold more than a million copies.

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!


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W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has also appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including AXS, Add To Bucket List, Examiner, Vacation Travel Deals, American Live Wire, Leisure, MAAFBox, Today's Recipe Pro, Passport Stamps, and other websites. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such print publications as the ​Daily Collegian, ElectriCITY and the ​Los Angeles Times