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 133
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by the American rock group Guns N’ Roses. The song first appeared on the band’s premiere platter Appetite for Destruction which dropped in 1987. The song was released as a single in 1988 and went on to become the group’s sole number 1 US single.
Our “something new” this edition is the latest single “Partied Out” by American pop singer and songwriter Malia Civetz. The song is from the Los Angeles, California-based performer’s new EP titled Heels in Hand. Civetz co-wrote the cut with J Kash, Ross Golan, Halatrax, and Tiggs. She is backed by Tiggs and Halafax on guitar, keyboards, and programming. Civetz’s music video features Jackie Cox, Laganja Estranja, Yuhua Hamasaki, and Rhea Litre.
If you’d like to hear more of Civetz’s songs 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 Alex Rosenbloom, Lauren Tyler Scott, 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.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Melody Fair” written and recorded by the Australian act known as the Bee Gees (Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb) and included on their 1969 vinyl Odessa. This cool cover cut is by the Los Angeles-based alt-pop band The Jigsaw Seen. They breathe welcome, new life into a lesser-known pre-disco Bee Gees’ song that was never released as a single. Their cover is included on their 2003 album named Songs Mama Used to Sing.
Finally, our “something blue” this time is the song “Muleskinner Blues” by the Savannah, Georgia-based band Swamptooth. According to a recent email, the band’s current signature sound is “steeped in bluegrass with a modern twist.” This performance was filmed by Kelly Roetto at ArtLab Savannah on January 30th, 2016. The roster included: Jimmy Wolling on banjo, Evan Rose on mandolin and vocals, Cory Chambers on guitar, and Jay Rudd on bass. (Keep your eyes right here for a possible review of their new release!)