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 199
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Rock And Roll Woman” recorded by the Canadian-American band Buffalo Springfield. The song was actually co-written by Stephen Stills and David Crosby. It first appeared on the vinyl Buffalo Springfield Again which hit the record racks back in 1967.
Our “something new” here is the song “Barbed Wire.” It’s the newest single recorded by American singer-songwriter, musician and “Texas artist” Helene Cronin. She co-wrote the track with Davis Corley & Nicole Lewis.
On a recent missive on social media Cronin commented: “This is a one-off. It won’t be on the new album, but [I] wanted to get it out there!” According to her official website, she is “working on a new full-length record” for release later this year.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “One” written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson for his 1968 vinyl Aerial Ballet and famously covered the following year by the American group Three Dog Night. This distinct cover is by Nilsson’s son, singer, and musician Kiefo Nilsson. In a post on social media, Kiefo commented: “[This video is a] “clip from the Facebook livestream of my performance of The Point! at the Zalk Theater in Ojai”, California on October 22, 2016.
It features Kiefo on “big bass” and vocals, David Crosby on guitar, Philip Krohnengold on “Nord”, Bobby Halvorson on keyboards, and Zak Nilsson on “hitty things.” If you’d like to hear Kiefo perform live and are going to be in the area, he will be performing the 1970 Harry Nilsson album The Point! With Pamela Adlon and a 14-piece orchestra at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum season preview event at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 2022 in Topanga, California.
The combination fundraiser and community event will also include scenes from each of the 2022 summer repertory season’s four plays. Tickets are priced as follows:
Premium Tickets are $80.00 each and include premium seating, a pre-show reception with the artists, wine, and hors d’oeuvres.
Lower Tier Tickets are $42.00 for adults, $25.00 for seniors, teachers, students, and veterans, and $10.00 for children ages five through 15.
Upper Tier Tickets are free. All proceeds go to support Theatricum Botanicum’s artistic and educational programming. For further details visit the official website.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Blue.” It was written by guitarist Daniel Gallo and recorded by American jazz singer and songwriter Halie Loren. The song features Loren on vocals, Matt Treder on piano and organ, William Seiji Marsh and Daniel Gallo on guitars, Mark Schneider on bass, Brian West on drums, David Larsen on saxophones and clarinet, Joe Freuen on trombone, Dana Heitman on trumpet, Rob Birdwell on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Katherine Dudney on cello. It’s off her seventh jazz album titled Butterfly Blue. It was released in 2015 and became her second number-one Billboard Japan jazz album.