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 150
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Let’s Dance” written and recorded by the late English singer-songwriter David Bowie. It is the title track of his 1983 release Let’s Dance. The song was the lead single of the album and became one of Bowie’s best-selling songs.
Our “something new” for this edition is the new song and music video “Mutant Gifts-Live At St. John’s” by singer-songwriter and musician Alison Clancy. It was recorded live at St. John’s Church in the West Village of Manhattan, New York. According to a social media missive, the hyper-eclectic, inter-disciplinary Independent Project Records artist reportedly “found creative refuge” in the church and “was invited to live as an artist in residence on the beautiful campus of St. John’s Church…”
The song will be featured on her upcoming label debut EP, Mutant Gifts. This live track includes Clancy on guitar and vocals and Brent Arnold on cello. The video was directed by Esteban Haga.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Ain’t No Sunshine” by American singer and songwriter Bill Withers who first released it as a single in 1971. This individualistic audio adaptation is by the Klezmer-rock band known as Mostly Kosher. It was recorded at the 24th Street Theatre in Los Angeles, California. It features Janice Mautner Markham (violin), Leeav Sofer (lead vocals), Eric Hagstrom (drums), Adam Levy (bass), Mike King (trombone), Mike Bolger (accordion and trumpet) and Will Brahm (guitar).
If you’re in the area and would like to hear Mostly Kosher perform live, check out the free 62nd annual LA County Holiday Celebration on Friday, December 24th, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. This Emmy Award-winning holiday spectacular will be co-hosted by the well-known mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán and actor Brian White (Ambitions, Bronx SIU, Monogamy, Ray Donovan). It will also include more than 20 choirs, music ensembles, and dance companies from the numerous neighborhoods and cultures in L.A. Doors open at 2:30 pm. For more information regarding free tickets visit HolidayCelebration.org.
Finally, our “something blue” this time is the song “Lemon Squeezing Daddy.” The song was written by Jimmy Gorham and first recorded by the American vocal group The Sultans. It was first released as a single in 1951 on the Jubilee label and backed with the song “You Captured My Heart.”