‘Something’ in Music 68

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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  “Hair of the Dog.”  It was written and recorded by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth.  The song first appeared on the group’s 1975 platter of the same name.  Some call the song “Son of a Bitch” due to the lyric (“Now you’re messing with a son of a bitch”). 

Something new 

Our “something new” this edition is the new single Double-A side single “End of Summer” by Figueroa.  Figueroa is a Los Angeles, California-based music project presented by Brazilian electronic musician, producer, and composer Amon Tobin.  According to a recent email, this psych folk single is meant to evoke “ the sound of the warm nights drawing in but reaching for a place beyond.”

It’s backed by Tobin’s recent reinterpretation of “Put Me Under”. The original version of this track is included on Figueroa’s debut disc, released earlier this year, The World As We Know It. This experimental, alternate version is reported to be from Tobin actually creating and recording “as himself.”

Something borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this edition is “Louie Louie.”  The song was written by US musician Richard Berry in 1955 and reportedly first performed by Rockin’ Robin Roberts and the Wailers.  This raucous cover version was recorded in 1963 by The Kingsmen,  The hit record has become a standard of pop and rock music.

Something blue

Finally, the “something blue” this time is the song “Blue Rosebuds” written and recorded by the American avant-garde band The Residents.  The cut first appeared on the band’s 1978 release titled Duck Stab.  The plater was originally a seven-song EP that was later re-released with the unreleased Buster and Glen

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