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 “Mississippi Queen” by the American rock group Mountain. It was written by members Corky Land and Leslie West. The song first appeared on the group’s premiere platter Climbing! Which dropped in1970. It was their most successful single and reached number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Our “something new” this edition is the new single and music video “I Want To Funk (You Want To Funky?) by The Evangenitals. The song is by The Evangenitals. Band leader Juli Crockett, the creator of the video, discussed the project in recent emails. She said it was “made with public domain treasures from the video archives of human history.” Crockett urges everyone to stay in shape during “these strange days.” She added: “Enjoy! Move your body. Tell your friends. It’s a doozy!”
Our “something borrowed” this edition is “Don’t Let Me Down.” This song was recorded by the English rock band The Beatles, written by John Lennon, and first released in 1969. This sultry cover is the Los Angeles-based folk-pop / alt-rock performance art ensemble Fascinoma. It was recorded live at the Blue Whale in L.A. The cover cut features Alanna Lin Ramage (vocals), Ryan Ayers (guitar), Sergio Leyva (drums), and Joey Maramba (bass).
Finally, the “something blue” this time is the song “Creeper Blues.” This is a live cover of the old 1928 blues song by Furry Lewis. This one is off the 2013 expanded CD version of the late, great English singer-songwriter and musician Snakefinger’s 1984 blues cover album Snakefinger’s History Of The Blues: Live In Europe. (Your rockin’ writer was writin’ about Snakefinger as far back as 1978.)
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!