‘Something’ in Music 202

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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 202

Something Old

Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “It Wasn’t Me” recorded by the American rock band George Thorogood and the Destroyers. It’s a cover of a 1943 song by American singer-songwriter Chuck Berry and originally appeared on the group’s 1978 vinyl titled Move It On Over.

Something New

Our “something new” this time is the new song “Breathe Again” from the tuneful Texas duo known as Yosh & Yimmy. This is the latest single from this pair of singer-songwriter/musicians. It will be included on their upcoming album titled Three Rivers. The disc drops on June 24th.  (Look for a full review of their new disc here soon!)  

Something Borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” which was co-written by American entertainer James Brown and Betty Jean Newsome. It was originally released as a single in 1966. This live cover is by American singer-songwriter and musician Moira Mack. This recording is part of a live performance back in 2015.  

If you’d like to hear newer material from Mack 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 singer-songwriters Abby Litman, 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 “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues.”  The song was first recorded by English musician Elton John.  It was co-written by John, Davey Johnstone, and Bernie Taupin.  It’s off his 1983 disc Too Low for Zero.

This cover is by singer-songwriter Billy Valentine.  It appears on his 2017 album titled Brit Eyed Soul.  If you’re in the area and would like to hear Valentine sing live, he will be performing a one-night only show to launch the Los Angeles’ Fountain Theatre’s new “Jazz at the Fountain” summer series on its outdoor stage on Saturday, June 18th at 8:00 pm. 

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He will be joined by such other artists as saxophonist Tom Scott, pianist Stuart Elster, drummer Russ McKinnon, and bassist Chris Colangelo.  Tickets are $40.00 each.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase during intermission and before and after the show.  Additional information can be found at the theatre’s website.

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