‘Something’ in Music 69


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 “For What It’s Worth.”  It was written by American singer-songwriter Stephen Stills and recorded by the Canadian-American rock band Buffalo Springfield.  The song was first released as a single in 1966.  The following year it was added onto the second pressing of the group’s self-titled premiere platter.

Something new 

Our “something new” this edition is a new music video for the song “Hideout” by the Los Angeles-based act Goodnight CodyGoodnight Cody is a music project by The Evangenitals’ Cody Farwell (guitar, steel, and bass).  The song is off the recently released Goodnight Cody ambient EP titled Sunland.  The music video was created by Evangenitals co-founder Juli Crockett.

Something borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this edition is “Messin’ With The Kid.”  This R&B-influenced song was written by songwriter and producer Mel London and first recorded by Junior Wells back in 1960.  This energetic cover version is by American artist Steve Purcell.  It appears on his most recent release Ample’tudes(Read the review here.)    

Something blue

Finally, the “something blue” this time is the song “Blue Green” by Yello.  The Swiss electronic trio, known best for their song “Oh Yeah”, recorded the track in 1980.  It was written by band members Boris Blank and Carlos Perón,  It first appeared on their premiere platter Solid Pleasure which your rockin’ reviewer wrote about when it hit the record racks back in 1980. 

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