‘Something’ in Music 65


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 “Let My Love Open the Door” by Pete Townshend of the Brit rock band The Who.

Something new 

Our “something new” this edition is the new single and music video “Aporia” by The Evangenitals.  The song was written by band members Juli Crockett and  Joey Maramba.  The tune features frontman Crockett, bass player Maramba, and Ninja Academy’s Robert Shaffer on drums.

Crockett, the creator of the video, discussed the project in recent communiques.  She said: “This is my first stop motion collage art experiment.” Additionally, she is especially excited about the video being officially selected for the Berlin Flash Film Festival.”  She concluded, “I’m addicted to making music videos, and now I’ve got accolades?!  This is a recipe for a full-blown obsession!”  

Something borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this edition is “House of the Rising Sun.”  This traditional folk song was made famous in 1964 when it was recorded by the Brit rock band The Animals.  This great cover is by the Los Angeles-based band Kelly’s Lot and appears on their 2009 platter Pastrami And Jam.  Lead singer Kelly Zirbes said it’s her favorite song.  (Read about their newest release here.)  

Something blue

Finally, the “something blue” this time is the blues song “Back Door Man” written by Willie Dixon.  It was also recorded by Howlin’ Wolf in 1960.  Chess Records released it as the B-side to Wolf’s 1961 song “Wang Dang Doodle.”  It’s said to be a true Chicago blues classic.  

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