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 207
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Victim of Love” recorded by the American rock band the Eagles. It was co-written by band members Don Henley, Glen Frey, Don Felder, and American singer-songwriter JD Souther. It first appeared on their famous 1976 hit platter titled Hotel California.
Our “something new” this edition is this new collaboration between Los Angeles, California-based musician, and composer Amon Tobin’s music project Two Fingers and Germany’s DJ, producer, and artist Muadeep. It’s titled “Banished.” It is their second collaboration out on Nomark Records. In a recent email, the two tunesmiths briefly commented on this new track.
Muadeep described it as a “groovy bastard that pulls you down step by step into the abyss of the underworld. And there is no escape.” Tobin concluded: “[W]e’re going to keep doing this until they forgive us.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Tom Sawyer” recorded by the Canadian rock band Rush and written by the band with lyrics by poet Pye Dubois for the group’s 1981 disc Moving Pictures. This bass cover is by young bass player Ellen Alaverdyan. In a post on social media, Alaverdyan spoke of making the cover video.
She said: “This was a huge challenge and learning process. Hope you guys will enjoy it. RUSH forever!”
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Blue Angel” by The Forest Rangers and featuring Billy Valentine. The song was co-written by Bob Thiele, Jr. and Dillon O’Brian. It originally appeared on the 2015 disc Land Ho!
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. 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 on the theatre’s website.
Did we mention your favorite “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”? If not, let us know. Don’t forget to send us your bride photos too!