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 172
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Monkey Man” by the English rock band the Rolling Stones. The tune originally appeared on the group’s 1969 platter Let It Bleed. It was originally on Side Two. The song was co-written by band members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
Our “something new” for this edition is the recent official music video for the song “Bleary” by the Los Angeles, California-based singer-songwriter and musician Alex Bloom. The track is written, performed, and produced by Bloom. If you’d like to hear more of Bloom’s material and are in the area, he will be performing on Friday, March 4 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 performers India Carny, Ren Martinez, and the house band featuring Snow on bass, Paul Cornish on keys, Aaron Reihs on saxophone, and Nate Lichtenberger on percussion. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Los Angeles’ well-known Odyssey Theatre. Tickets are $20.00 with discounts available for seniors and students.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” recorded by The Brit band The Beatles. It was written mainly by John Lennon. The song first appeared on their 1965 platter Rubber Soul. This cover is by American singer-songwriter and musician Jon Chi.
This is a live, in-studio performance recorded at Third Ward Records on February 7, 2014. Jon Chi leads the way on guitar and vocals. It features Brian Dale on drums, John-Paul McLean on bass and vocal harmonies, Theo Merriweather on keyboards, and Jason Rhodes on mandolin.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Young Man Blues” by the English rock band The Who. It is a live rock adaptation of a song written and first recorded by Mose Allison in 1957. This cover by The Who (performed live as early as 1964) first was included on their 1970 LP Live at Leeds.