‘Something’ in Music 73
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 “Burning Down the House.” The song was written and recorded by American new wave band Talking Heads. It was the first single off the group’s fifth studio platter Speaking in Tongues which dropped in 1983. It was the act’s sole top ten single.
Our “something new” this edition is the new single “Love Always Wins” written and recorded by American singer-songwriter and musician Steven Conn. Conn said he wrote the song after “ the pandemic hit and the music business died.” He added:
“These are disheartening times. I was really angry and discouraged . . . The last thing I wanted to do was write a rallying cry for some that further alienated others. So I dug down deep and I kept on digging, and I finally remembered that love is always the answer and the high road is the only road.”
He concluded: “I hope you like it. I also strongly encourage you to share it widely. It’s bound to do more good than another angry meme. Stay safe and be kind.”
Our “something borrowed” this edition is “Eleanor Rigby.” The song was originally recorded by the English band the Beatles and written primarily by Paul McCartney. It first appeared on their 1966 platter ^Revolver*. This individualistic cover was recorded live by American singer-songwriter and musician Kevin Burt in 2019 for Bluesmoose Radio.
Our “something blue” this time is the song "When The Blue Finally Came" by your rockin’ writer’s happenin’ homeboys from Pennsylvania, the amazing American rock band The Wonder Years. The music was composed by the band and the lyrics were written by lead singer Daniel Campbell. The track is off the group’s 2018 release Sister Cities.
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!
(Images courtesy of acidcow.com and treehut respectively)