‘Something’ in Music 229

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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 229

Something Old

Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Ziggy Stardust.” It was written by the late English singer-songwriter actor David Bowie for his 1972 platter, the concept album titled The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. It’s about a bisexual alien rock star, Ziggy Stardust.

Something New

Our “something new” this edition is the new song and video “Bad Black Kitty Cat” by the New Jersey-born psychedelic bubble-gum pop band Kitty in the Tree. It’s the premiere single off the band’s upcoming release, The Lost Years. According to a recent e-communique the track was “salvaged from the decaying TASCAM 8-Track cassette tape from which it lay dormant for twenty-five years.”  

Something Borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this time is the “Theme from Mission: Impossible” and the “James Bond Theme.” The former was composed by Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin in 1966 and released as a single in 1967. The latter was Composed by Monty Norman and was first released as a single in 1962. 

This cool contemporary cover compilation is by American ukulele virtuoso and Hawaii cultural ambassador Taimane. It’s off her 2012 disc titled Ukulele Dance. If you’re in the area and would like to hear more of her music, she will be performing live at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, California as part of the Los Angeles Ukulele Festival.  

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Taimane, on ukulele and vocals, will take the stage on Sunday, October 23, at 3:00 p.m. She will be backed by Ramiro Marziani (classical guitar), Stefie Dominguez (percussion), Melissa Folzenlogen (violin, cello, and background vocals), and Polynesian dancer Norm Munoz and contemporary dancer Sky Fung. Fresh off the release of her latest disc Hawaiki, she spoke of her debut at the popular Glastonbury Festival (which included Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, and Billie Eilish), and being out on tour again.  

She said: “It feels amazing to be hitting the road again and coming out of the last two years in a stronger place than before. My first show of this year …in April was so special – great to be back in front of in-person audiences, showcasing my new music and enjoying the ride, including my debut at Glastonbury! Cannot wait to see you soon.”

Ticket prices range from $15.00 to $45.00. For tickets and more information visit the Kala Koa Entertainment website. Aloha!

Something Blue

Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the blues standard “Sweet Black Angel” a.k.a. “Black Angel Blues.” It was first recorded by singer Lucille Bogan in 1930. This version was recorded by American blues musician Robert Nighthawk in 1949. He was accompanied by Willie Dixon on bass and Ernest Lane on piano. 

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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!