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 237
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “When the Levee Breaks” recorded by the Brit rock band Led Zeppelin. It is actually a loose adaptation of a song first recorded by Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy almost a century ago. The band gave it a different melody and altered the lyrics. Their version was first released on their 1971 untitled platter often called Led Zeppelin IV.
Our “something new” this edition is the new single “Rich Man’s Holiday” recorded by The Orion Experience. It was written by the band’s lead singer, Orion Simprini. According to a recent email, it is meant to celebrate “all that makes this festive season so special: love, comfort, and simple joys. Singing songs, drinking hot chocolate, popcorn strings, and wonky Christmas trees.”
As noted in the email, the band “is getting into the holiday spirit…[A]fter two seasons of social distancing, isn’t the very idea of just being together with friends and family the most important thing this year?” Indeed!
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Touch – A, Touch – A Touch Me.” The music and lyrics were written by Richard O’Brien in 1972. Richard Hartley is credited for the original music arrangements.
The song is from the cinematographic and theatrical versions of The Rocky Horror Show from 1973 to the present. This live choral-driven cover is by the Dallas-based American choral rock band Polyphonic Spree. It is included on the group’s live disc Songs from the Rocky Horror Picture Show Live which dropped in 2013. Formed in 2000 by singer and songwriter Tim DeLaughter, Polyphonic Spree’s more recent release is the single, “Got Down To The Soul” and the group hopes to release a new album next year.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the track titled “Blue” by the Philadelphia-based blues-rock band known as the James Pace Band. The song was written by Pace and the single was released in June 2021. According to the act’s official website, the studio band, led by Pace on guitar and vocals, includes Michael Leasure (drums and percussion); Johnny Griparic (bass), Jay Davidson (Hammond B3); and Ted Greenberg (drums).
If you’d like to hear more of Pace’s music, you’re in luck! Fresh off a recording session for his upcoming new album Sierra Madre Sessions in Los Angeles, California, Pace will be celebrating his return to the Sellersville Theater and performing live on Sunday, November 13, 2022. His special musical guest will be Brother Starling. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $19.50. For further information call the theater at 24 West Temple Avenue, (215) 257-5808, or visit this event 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!