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 156
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “In The Evening” first performed by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was co-written by band members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant. It is the album opener on the group’s 1979 platter titled In Through the Out Door. Sadly, your rockin’ writer was slotted in to interview the band at a Philadelphia concert but drummer John Bonham drank too much and choked on his own vomit just before the gig. The show and interview were both canceled.)
Our “something new” for this edition is a track titled “Frangipani.” It was written by Los Angeles, California-based Canadian guitarist, and composer Jim “Kimo” West. It’s the opening track from his most recent release titled Ka Honua Maluhia-Peaceful World.
The Grammy-nominated artist is best known for his work with entertainer “Weird Al” Yankovich and spends a lot of time every year in Hawaii. This song is performed in G Wahine Drop C tuning. If you’re in the area and would like to hear more of his music, he will be performing at the biggest Hawaiian music event of the year, the Southern California Slack Key Festival on Sunday, January 16, 2022, at 2:00 pm at The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, California.
There will also be performances by one of the last elders of Hawaiian music, George Kuo, Alan Akaka, Patrick “Kaipo” Asing, Pomaika’i & Malie Lyman, Makana, Kenneth Makuakane, Ian O’Sullivan, Patrick Landeza & Sons, and Jeff Peterson. The event will also include a free Island Marketplace from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm where you will discover a number of different island-themed gifts, accessories, apparel, home decor, and more. There will also be Hawaiian food, authentic island-style shave ice, and additional outdoor entertainment. Ticket prices are between $20.00 and $55.00.
VIP Tickets are $135.00 and include premiere seating, mingling with the entertainers, ono food, and giveaways. Parking is free. For tickets and further information visit https://www.kalakoa.com.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Desiree” by the American pop band Left Banke. It was co-written by Tom Feher and Michael Brown for their 1968 vinyl The Left Banke Too. This fuzzy rendition by the Los Angeles, California-based alt-pop band The Jigsaw Seen. It’s a fun rework reminiscent of something by XTC. The song is featured on the band’s exceptional audio offering titled Songs Mama Used to Sing which dropped in 2003.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is this eclectic rendition of American composer George Gershwin’s 1924 instrumental “Rhapsody In Blue” by the image-nihilistic avant-garde American group The Residents. It first appeared on their 1984 vinyl George & James (American Composer Series – Volume 1). (Believe it or not, your rockin’ writer reviewed the LP when it was first released!)