‘Something’ in Music 231

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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 231

Something Old

Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Radioactive” recorded by the English rock group named The Firm. It was the premiere single off the act’s eponymous premiere platter The Firm, which hit the record racks in 1985. The song was written and co-produced by Paul Rodgers.

Something New

Our “something new” this edition is the new song “Bora Bora Sunset” by American ukulele virtuoso and Hawaii cultural ambassador Taimane. The piece is off her most recent release, Hawaiki. Care 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.  Taimane 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.  

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She recently spoke of the event in an e-communique saying: “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, music fans!

Something Borrowed

Our “something borrowed” this time is the jazz standard “It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing” by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills in 1931 and first recorded by Ellington and his orchestra in 1932. This cover version is by American jazz singer and songwriter Halie Loren. It’s off her recently released digital album Live At Cotton Club.  

It was originally recorded live at Tokyo, Japan’s Cotton Club back in 2015. According to her official website, “until now [it’s] only been available in Japan, Korea, and several additional regions in Eastern Asia. Now, listeners from anywhere in the world can listen in from any streaming service.”  

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If you’d like to catch Loren live, you may be in luck. In a recent e-communique, Loren said: “I’m playing a show in Boise, ID next week at the Sapphire Room at The Riverside Hotel! See me there on Saturday, October 22 [at 6:00 p.m.].”

She added: “I’ll be joined on stage by Matt Treder (piano) and Rob Kohler (bass) for this concert, which just happens to be my first-ever public performance in Boise! [I’m] excited to return to this beautiful city!” Tickets for this concert are $35.00 to $40.00.

Something Blue

Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Backstep Blues” by the Asheville, North Carolina-based band Tellico. The band roster includes singer-songwriter Anya Hinkle (lead vocals and guitar), singer-songwriter Greg “Stig” Stiglets (bass, harmonica, and vocals), Aaron Ballance (dobro, lap steel, and pedal steel), and Jed Willis (mandolin, clawhammer banjo, and electric guitar). It’s off the group’s 2015 disc titled Relics and Roses

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If you’d like to see Hinkle perform and learn what she’s up to now, check your calendars. Hinkle will be touring Virginia with versatile musician Drew Matulich and California with slide guitar pioneer Billy Cardine and bassist and vocalist Mary Lucey this November. Check the details below: 

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In Virginia with Drew Matulich

11/4 Fri – Gene & Dale Raney House Concert – Richmond VA

11/5 Sat – Shady Grove Coffeehouse, Unitarian Universalist Church – Glen Allen, VA

11/6 Sun – Panorama Ballroom – Blacksburg, VA

California Tour with Billy Cardine

11/9 Wed – Makoutz Concert Series – Sierraville, CA*

11/11 Fri – Yodel Tone Presents at Flo’s Diner – Chalfant Valley, CA*

11/12 Sat – Mill Creek Station – Bishop, CA*

11/14 Mon – Fiddletown Community Center – Fiddletown, CA

11/15 Tue – The Lost Church – Santa Rosa, CA

11/16 Wed – The Green Room Social Club – Placerville, CA

11/17 Thu – Cow Hollow Courtyard Concert Series – San Francisco, CA

11/18 Fri – TBA

11/19 Sat – Bill Wagman’s House Concerts – Davis, CA

11/20 Sun – The Back Room – Berkeley, CA

*also with Mary Lucey

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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!