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 134
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Baba O’Riley” (also erroneously known as “Teenage Wasteland.”) It was first recorded by the British rock band known as the Who. It was written by band member Pete Townshend. It was first included on their 1971 vinyl Who’s Next.
Our “something new” this edition is “Good People” by American singer-songwriter and keyboardist Bob Malone. It is his most recent release off his new album of the same name. It was co-written with Bob DeMarco and features Malone on keys and vocals, DeMarco on guitar, Mike Baird on drums, Domenic Genova on bass, Chris Trujillo on percussion, and backing vocals by the Malonettes: Karen Nash, L.B. Seetal, Trysette, and (last but not least) Celeste Butler.
Malone discussed the song on social media. He said: “My wife – the Karen in this song – is the most empathetic soul I have ever known. Blessed with the gifts to be and do almost anything she wanted, she chose to dedicate her life to helping those less fortunate.”
He concluded: “And though she is strong, sometimes she loses all hope. This song is just my way of reminding her that she is among the many unsung heroes who walk among us, quietly making the world a better place.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Welcome to Burlesque” performed by American singer and actress Cher for the 2010 film Burlesque. It was co-composed by Matthew Gerrard, Steve Lindsey, Charlie Midnight, and John Patrick Shanley. This noteworthy cover version is performed by singer-songwriter, entertainer, and “priestess of pink” VK Lynne. The lovely Los Angeles, California-based artist performed her acoustic cover in November of 2019. Lynne’s signature sound is fluid and unique yet she always remains true to the spirit of each song she performs.
Finally, our “something blue” this time is “Money Talks” by American singer-songwriter, Laurie Morvan, the lead guitarist and vocalist for the Long Beach, California-based blues group the Laurie Morvan Band. This song is off her 2018 release titled Gravity which made it to the first round Grammy ballot for “Best Contemporary Blues” and peaked at 14 on the Roots Music Report Top 200 Blues Rock Album Chart.
If you’d like to hear more of Morvan’s music and are in the area, she will be performing on Thursday, September 23, as part of A Day Of Music, at the popular pizza place DiPiazza’s, in Long Beach, California. This 8-hour day of free live music begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m.
The event is being held in support of more than 200 Long Beach nonprofits for their “Long Beach Gives” annual “Day Of Giving” campaigns. It is being hosted by the Long Beach Blues Society in partnership with Can’t Stop The Blues, the Arts Council of Long Beach, Long Beach Gives, and the “Long Beach Post.” Bob Barr, President of The Long Beach Blues Society, confirms that it will be “a day of free music with amazing bands, competitions, and fun!”
More importantly, it will also be “a day of giving to charity.” If you can’t make it to Long Beach, you can stream it online. Other artists donating their performances include New Blues Revolution, Corday, Redd House with Gil T. Serrano, Lester Lands, Jon Garner, Bill Grisolia and the New Blues Festival All-Stars, Liam McLoughlin, My Soul Shakes, Shy But Flyy and others yet to be announced. For more information visit the Long Beach Blues Society website.