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 138
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Bohemian Rhapsody” by the Brit rock band Queen. The song was written by the late frontman Freddie Mercury. It originally appeared on the group’s 1975 platter A Night at the Opera. This six-minute suite is one of the few 1970s prog-rock songs to become a widespread commercial success.
Our “something new” this edition is the lead single and new video “In Motion” the Ashville, North Carolina-born collective of American songwriters now known as Freeway Jubilee. It’s the energetic album opener off their upcoming release. Titled On The Horizon Vol. 1, this new disc drops on November 12th. (You can read a full review of the platter here.)
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Walk Away Renee” co-written by Michael Brown, Tony Sansone, and Bob Calilli the American baroque pop band the Left Banke. The group released it as a single in 1966. This acoustic cover is by the Italy-born, Los Angeles, California-based guitarist and composer, Peppino D’Agostino.
It is included on his 1995 disc titled Venus Over Venice. Here D’Agostino’s leads the way on acoustic guitar. He is assisted by Jack Daro (Cello, Viola, Violin: L’Anonimo String Quartet), and David Wilcox and Nance Pettit (vocals). 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.
Finally, our “something blue” this time around is the new blues tune titled “Xena’s Blues.” The song was recorded by The Los Angeles, California-based blues-rock band known as Solomon King & The Chosen. It is the closing cut on the act’s new album simply titled No. 5.