Available for sale now on Fountain Blue Publishing is “Teaching For What?” by Michael Fusco. It’s the story of a long teaching career in public schools and the toll that career took on this man’s life. From such hopeful beginnings in the profession, it’s sad to see the progression of events that lead him into depression and early retirement. The politics, egos, and unknown workings of the teaching profession in public schools are revealed in this frank and sometimes scathing memoir. Teachers, students, and parents will all gain a greater understanding of the widely misunderstood teaching profession- let’s just say that big “vacation” they get over the summer isn’t just for time off- it’s to keep from going insane!
Well, “New Bands Week” is over, but I have a hard time letting go…so I bring you yet another new band to the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog!
Tonight I give you a band fronted by a great producer, songwriter, and singer: Jeff Lynne. The band is Electric Light Orchestra (E.L.O.) and the song is “Evil Woman”, a favorite of mine for a long time.
This song is originally done on piano, but I’ve adapted it for acoustic guitar. It’s got great vocals and a great chord progression. I love the way the drums come in- it’s what I miss the most when I play it solo. Many say that Jeff Lynne, as a producer, kind of “over-produces” his music. I actually kind of like it. I love a large chorus of vocals, plus Lynne always throws in some interesting instruments (like a violin) into his songs. And, sure, when he was with the Traveling Wilburys, he had all five members play acoustic guitar. But, to me, that just showed how everyone was participating.
Jeff Lynne not only had a ton of hits with E.L.O., he produced many hit albums. Roy Orbison’s “Mystery Girl” is a stand-out and brought the Lynne co-written song “You Got It” to the world. He even produced the mega-smash album “Full Moon Fever” for Tom Petty, which had classic songs like “Running Down A Dream”, “Free Fallin’”, and “Won’t Back Down”. I think I like Jeff Lynne’s producing style because it’s the style of music I grew up with. I mean, both of the albums I mentioned were from the late 80s. And one of my other favorite albums, “Cloud 9″ by George Harrion, is also produced by Jeff Lynne…and also from the late 80s! You can’t go wrong with any of these albums and I have to give a little credit to Jeff Lynne on that.
I hope tonight’s Electric Light Orchestra cover song will be the start of many other E.L.O. songs for the Laptop Sessions music blog. I can’t wait to do “Sweet Talkin’ Woman”, too. That’s another one that’s a bit over-produced, but when it was recorded in the 70s, people were pushing the envelope with the sounds they could create. In the 60s, you only had four or eight tracks to work with. And in the 70s, the technology leaped forward, allowing many more tracks to be used without a reduction in sound quality. Jeff Lynne has always struck me as a technical musician of sorts- he knows the craft of recording a song and applies it to the music he makes and the music he produces for other bands.
“Evil Woman” is also a fun song to do a cover of because of the cool falsetto parts in the chorus. It’s that kind of range that made E.L.O. stand out to me and I’m happy to present my stripped-down version here on the music video blog!
Enjoy tonight’s acoustic cover song music video, and make sure to come back on Wednesday to see my Original Wednesday cover song tribute to Jeff Copperthite’s great new album, “Greenlight”. Aw, heck, why don’t you just come back on Monday and Tuesday, too?
This is a great Warren Zevon song and I really wish I could have included the solo in the middle! Still, I had a lot of fun learning it and am proud to include a Zevon song in my repertoire. As I’ve seen Jim and Jeff build their list of bands/artists that they’ve covered, I’ve definitely begun writing my own list in my head, and this artist is a big check. I’ll definitely be playing more from him, if I could only decide which song I want to play next. Probably “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner”…
Everyone wanted revenge. The Best Song EVER! Show left Chris without a top 5 pick, Dave becoming enraged about not getting to Number 1 with Eye of the Tiger, and Mike and Alberto being robbed with Chris’ lack of taste in music. Jim Fusco, on the other hand, was game for a rematch- and this time, the undisputed, real winner would come out on top.
The voting was done differently for this free Internet radio show. Each member, along with three other guests (including Stuffy D. Bear) ranked each song from 1-15, one being the best. Then, all the numbers for each song were averaged, giving it it’s final average. This made the voting and the results very fair.
There were two guests on the show. Matt Griffiths and Jeff Copperthite both made their second Moore Hits in the Morning appearances, adding very much to this show. But there were only six people present at this show. How could that be? There are five cast members and two guests. The answer was the Alberto was very sick that day, and couldn’t make the show. Yet, he was there in spirit and his songs were still given their much deserved respect.
This show is the “everything” radio show. The usual features: traffic, news, and weather; Stuffy D. Bear, who introduced his new friend, Palumbi (above); Dr. Keck; and Ronco were on the show, but two skits, political commentary with Matt, and Mickey Rooney’s Garden State Life promo gave the show a BIG comic boost. All these along with 15 great songs and two millennium style poems made this an all-around great show.
So sit back, relax, and listen to this great funny radio show. See if you can guess which song is Number 1!
Cover Songs & Original Music Videos By Laptop Sessions Songwriters
The Laptop Sessions music video blog is a great combination of acoustic cover songs and original music. This website features cover songs from many of rock music's greatest bands, including the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Bob Dylan. The blog is updated every day with another acoustic cover video, how-to video, or article about music. We only play the best cover songs from the best rock bands of all time.
Here at the Laptop Sessions, we don't just sit down and do a bunch of cover songs- we make them our own. Yes, each cover will sound like the original, but it will also have a new, fresh sound to it. One of our specialties is taking a song from say the eighties and stripping-away the production. Then, we're left with just the song- simple (and most times, much better). We then record an acoustic version of that song and put it on this music video blog for all music fans to watch.
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