Something in music: origin
One evening at a hot, trendy L.A. nightclub 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’ in Music 128
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Crazy Train.” It was recorded by Brit heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne. It was his very first solo single and originally appeared on his first solo platter, Blizzard of Ozz, which dropped in 1980. It was co-written with Bob Daisley and Randy Rhoads.
Our “something new” this edition is the new music video “Lies and Fear (Live in the studio).” The song was written and recorded by American singer-songwriter and guitarist Alastair Greene. The studio version first appeared on his disc The New World Blues which was released last year. The music video features Alastair Greene on guitar and vocals, Jim Rankin on bass, and Austin Beede on drums. The video is by Nina McCue and Sean McCue.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Dream On” which was first recorded by the rock band Aerosmith and written by lead singer Steven Tyler for their premiere platter, Aerosmith, in 1973. This unique instrumental audio adaptation is by Hawaii-based ukulele virtuoso Andrew Molina. It was recorded for a podcast in 2017.
Here the up-and-comer is backed by his father Jay Molina on bass guitar. According to recent e-missive he hopes ” take the ukulele to the next level.” His contemporary signature sound is a mix of musical genres including “Hawaiian, pop, rock and a little bit of jazz.”
Molina noted: “When I first started playing the ukulele [at the age of 13], I started off on my grandma’s vintage Kamaka concert ukulele from the 1960s. After a year of playing, my dad bought me a semi-custom Kamaka Tenor for my 14th birthday because he saw how serious I was. It’s the same ukulele that I play today and that I use to record my albums.”
If you’re interested in hearing more of Molina’s music, he has a Los Angeles-area appearance coming soon. Molina will be performing live at the Grand Annex in San Pedro, California on September 25th, 2021 at 8:00 pm. For tickets and additional details contact Kala Koa Entertainment.
Our “something blue” this time is “The Blue Ocean.” This instrumental was written and recorded by the Italy-born, Los Angeles, California-based guitarist and composer, Peppino D’Agostino. The track is featured on his 2014 release titled Penumbra.
According to a recent e-missive D’Agostino recently completed his “first sold-out tour in China and” completed an original soundtrack “for the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.” If you’re interested in hearing more of D’Agostino’s music, he will be performing live, one-night only, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro, California on October 10, 2021. at 8:00 pm. For tickets and additional details contact Kala Koa Entertainment.