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 132
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The tune was written and recorded by the American rock group Journey. The song was actually their second single off their 1981 album titled Escape. The single peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Our “something new” this edition is the new, exceptional single “Happy Village” by five-time Grammy Award-winning bass player Bakithi Kumalo. Kumalo has performed with such other artists as Paul Simon, Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Josh Groban, and the Susan Tedeschi Band. If you are interested in hearing more of Kumalo’s music, he has a Los Angeles-area appearance coming soon. Kumalo will be performing live at the Grand Annex in San Pedro, California on October 9th, 2021 at 8:00 pm. For tickets and additional details contact Kala Koa Entertainment.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Ocean Avenue” written and recorded by the American rock group Yellowcard. This ode to Jacksonville, Florida is off their 2003 album of the same name. This clever cover is by New York City-based Indie singer-songwriter Lauren Tyler Scott. In this Postmodern Jukebox performance, she presents a retro version of the song complete with a “‘60s style” flair.
If you’d like to hear more of Scott’s vocal stylings and are in the area, she will be performing on Friday. September 24, as part of The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble’s popular Music at the Odyssey series, hosted by bassist and actor John Snow. The event also includes singer-songwriters Malia Civetz, Alex Rosenbloom, and the house band featuring Greg Sadler on drums, Aaron Reihs on saxophone, Nathan Heldman on keys, and Snow on bass. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Los Angeles’ well-known Odyssey Theatre. Tickets are $25.00 with discounts available for seniors and students.
Finally, our “something blue” this time is the song “Bury My Bone” purportedly written by the fictional albino blues singer named Alvin Snow a.k.a. Dyin’ Dog, and performed by the American avant-garde group known only as The Residents. It’s included on their 2020 disc titled Metal, Meat & Bone.