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 183
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Turn It On” by the English rock band Genesis. It was co-written by all three band members and first appeared on their 1980 platter titled Duke. Released as a single, it made it to number eight on the UK Singles Chart.
Our “something new” here is the new music video and song “River of Marigolds” by American singer-songwriter and musician Jon Chi. The track features Chi on guitar and vocals, Dave Schools on bass, Jeremy Hoenig on drums, Mike Emerson on keyboards, Dave Zirbel on pedal steel, and JP McLean and Jordan Feinstein on harmony vocals. It’s the title track off his upcoming new disc River of Marigolds, which drops on April 22nd, 2022.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the 1934 song “Summertime” by American composer George Gershwin and author and lyricist DuBose Heyward for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. This Flamenco Jazz reinterpretation is by Spanish Latin jazz flamenco pianist Chano Domingue and Flamenco Jazz Saxophonist Antonio Lizana. The song is featured on the disc titled Estándares which dropped on February 11, 2022.
It also features Spanish drummer and percussionist Marc Miralta and Barcelona-born bassist Manel Fortià. If you’re in the area and would like to hear more from Lizana, he will be performing on Thursday, April 14th, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at the Bourbon Room, in Los Angeles. Lizana will share the stage with pianist Gabriel Chakarji, drummer Eviator Slivnik, bassist Ben Tiberio on bass, and dancer Manuel Gutierrez. Tickets are $25.00.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Regents Park In Blue” written and recorded by US-based English singer-songwriter, and guitarist Dan Melchior. The song is off his 2005 Shake It Records release titled Hello, I’m Dan Melchior. (Check out a review of his most recent release Loud Version here.)