‘Something’ in Music 201

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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 201

Something Old

Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Get Ready” written by singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson in 1965 and a hit for The Temptations in 1966 when it reached number 29. This version, by the American rock band Rare Earth, climbed to number 4 and first appeared on their platinum platter Get Ready which dropped in 1969. 

Something New

Our “something new” here is the new single “I Found An Angel” from the Lewisville, Texas-based act known as Bubble Gum Orchestra. The song is a single from BGO’s upcoming new, 18-track double album Sugar Notes. Bubble Gum Orchestra is a studio project conceived by Michael Laine Hildebrandt.

Hildebrandt is the lead singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer behind the song. According to the official BGO website, he provides lead and backing vocals, bass, orchestration, and horn arrangements. The track features Joey C. Jones sharing lead vocals and Adam Hamilton on drums and percussion. In a recent email, Hildebrandt said he is “beyond honored to have Joey and Adam playing on this record.” He concluded the single “is only available on [the] BGO website and it is free.”

Something Borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “It Ain’t Me Babe” which was written by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and first appeared on his 1964 platter Another Side of Bob Dylan. This acoustic cover is by American singer-songwriter and musician Abby Litman. On social media, Litman spoke of the song saying: “[I] hope you enjoy this version…It’s inspired by a performance of Joan Baez on the BBC.”

If you’d like to hear more from Litman and will be in the area, she will be performing on Saturday, June 25 as part of The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble’s popular Music at the Odyssey series’ kick-off, Music at the Odyssey Celebrates Joni Mitchell hosted by bassist and actor John Snow. The event also includes singers Moira Mack, and Ren Martinez, sax player Ben Flocks, and the house band featuring host and musical director Snow on bass, Nathan Heldman on piano and keys, and Nate Lichtenberger on drums and percussion. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Los Angeles’ well-known Odyssey Theatre. Tickets are $30.00 with discounts available for seniors and students. 

Something Blue

Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “These Blues (Live)” written by Los Angeles, California-based singer-songwriter and blues-rocker, Jon Geiger. It was recorded live for his 2011 disc Jon Geiger Live. If you’re in the area and would like to see him perform live, he is now touring in Southern California.

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The Jon Geiger Band features Jon Geiger (guitar and vocals), Chad Watson (bass), and Peter Buck (drums). The tour’s remaining dates are as follows:

  • Monday, June 6th at the Maui Sugar Mill in Tarzana 
  • Sunday, June 19th at Mothers Tavern in Huntington Beach
  • Sunday, June 26th at Shenanigans Irish Pub & Grille in Long Beach
  • Sunday, July 10th at (the group’s favorite venue), The Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach
  • Sunday, July 24th at Mothers Tavern in Hermosa Beach
  • Sunday, August 21st at Shenanigans Irish Pub & Grille in Long Beach
  • Saturday, September 3rd at the New Blues Festival IX in Long Beach

For more details, visit Geiger’s official website.

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