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 213
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “The Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)” recorded by the American rock band the Doors. It’s the group’s adaptation of a song written by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill circa 1927. The cover first appeared on their premiere platter The Doors which dropped in 1967.
Our “something new” this edition is the recently released song “Cold Rain” by Damn Tall Buildings. It’s the American group’s first single off their upcoming album titled Sleeping Dogs which drops on September 9th. Damn Tall Buildings is an “Acoustic Americana trio” consisting of multi-instrumentalist and main lyricist Max Capistran (guitar, banjo, and vocals), Sasha Dubyk (upright bass and vocals), and Avery Ballotta (violin, banjo, and vocals). (Read all about the act and their new release right here.)
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Me and Bobby McGee” written by American singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson and most famously covered by American rock singer and songwriter Janis Joplin in 1971. This stripped-down acoustic cover is by Grammy Award-winning, American singer and actress Kathryn Gallagher. This live rendition from 2014 was part of her “Summer Solstice” sessions. If you’d like to hear more of Gallagher’s work and are in the Los Angeles area, she will be performing live on Saturday, August 13th as part of The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble’s popular Music at the Odyssey series hosted by bassist and actor John Snow.
This event will focus on the music of the late Stephen Sondheim. It will also include performances by India Carney, Bella Hicks, Max Sheldon, and the house band featuring musical director Snow on bass, Nathan Heldman on piano and keys, Jake Noveck on guitar, and Ana Barreiro 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. There is a $5.00 charge for on-site parking although street parking is also available.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Four in the Morning Blues.” It was written and recorded by Jay & The Cooks. Jay Ryan is an expatriate singer-songwriter and fronting musician for the band. This song originally appears on the group’s 2016 disc, I’m Hungry. You can read about the act’s latest album right here!)
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!