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 classic cut “A Horse With No Name.” Written by Dewey Bunnell, this is a song recorded by the American folk/rock group America. This musical metaphor was the group’s first and (to date) most successful single. It hit European music stores in late 1971 and American record racks in early 1972. Bunnell has explained that “A Horse with No Name” was “a metaphor for a vehicle to get away from life’s confusion into a quiet, peaceful place.”
Our “something new” this week is the new song and music video “As You Are.” It’s by X. ARI. X. ARI is a Canadian singer-songwriter and artist based in Los Angeles, California. Her signature sound is a fluid blend of multiple music genres including alternative, pop, and hip-hop.
In recent emails, she discusses this new “anti-bullying anthem.” She says: “My new song is all about self-acceptance, standing up for yourself, and owning the ups and downs of your story. In light of Suicide Prevention Month, it’s an anthem to empower people to find the courage to fight against bullies and have the confidence to be themselves.”
She concludes: “It goes out to anyone who’s ever felt outcast or picked on. I hope it encourages you to stand in your power, own who you are, find healing through creative expression, and fight against anyone who brings you down. “
Our “something borrowed” this edition is “Super Bad.” The song was written and recorded by American singer and bandleader James Brown in 1970. This clever cover is by American singer-songwriter and musician Vanessa Collier. It’s off her fourth self-produced disc Heart on the Line. (See a review of the album here.)
Finally, the “something blue” this time is the song “Airport Blues.” It was recorded by the American post-punk band Tuxedomoon. Writing credits go to band members Steven Brown, Peter Dachert, Luc Van Lieshout, and Blaine L. Reininger. This brief blues bit is off the 2006 disc titled Bardo Hotel Soundtrack.
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!