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 182
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “The Lemon Song” recorded by the Brit band Led Zeppelin. The song is a creative re-arrangement and adaptation of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Killing Floor”, It first appeared on the band’s second platter Led Zeppelin II, which dropped in October of 1969.
Our “something new” here is the eclectic audio offering “Blood Moon.” This is the newest single from Los Angeles, California-based musician, and composer Amon Tobin’s Two Finger project and Germany’s own DJ, producer, and artist Muadeep. In a recent email, the artists briefly commented on this new track.
Muadeep described it as “[a] song that makes its way through analog basslines and heavy beats and, like a prophecy through the blood moon, announces doom and renewal at the same time. Massive, dirty, and raw.”
Tobin quoted the song: “What’s the matter? You don’t like dog anymore?”, adding “[I’ve] been a Muadeep fan for ages. Can’t wait for these tunes we’ve been making to drop.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “A Ciegas” recorded in 1954 by Spanish singer and actress Concha Piquer. This more recent audio adaptation is by Flamenco Singer Miguel Poveda. Poveda’s cover was featured on his 2009 love-themed double disc titled Coplas del Querer.
If you’re in the area and would like to hear more from Poveda, he will be performing on Wednesday, April 13th, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, in Los Angeles. On this tour, Poveda will be backed by Joan Albert Amargos (piano), Paquito Gonzalez (percussion), Jesús Guerrero (guitar), “El Londro” (cante y palmas), and dancer Antonio Molina “El Choro”. Tickets are between $35.00 and $75.00.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “You’ll Never Miss Your Jelly” performed by American blues singer Lil Johnson. She recorded five songs in 1929. She did not record anything under her own name again until 1935. This track was likely recorded between then and 1937 when her career ended.