Happy 2015, everyone! For my first post of the year, I’m proud to bring you the full video from my concert celebrating the release of my 2014 album, “The Easy Ways”! In this concert, I play the album in its entirety. I made a special mix of the album without the lead vocals and lead guitar. So, I was able to play alongside that backing track to give the audience a real preview of what the album sounded like!
We had a great turnout and performance went off without a hitch. If you weren’t able to make it, it’s a great opportunity to watch and listen to the whole album! And, if you went, I’m sure you’ll want to relive the concert again and again.
The concert, like the album, is split into two sections. So, make sure to watch both videos. I’d love to hear any comments about the album and hope everyone enjoys.
Okay, better late than never! I just forgot to post this video and even though I kept reminding myself, I’ve been very burned-out lately, so I just couldn’t go through all the motions. Thankfully I recorded this video a few weeks ago when I was in slightly better spirits. Not that anything is particularly wrong- I just feel a tad bit overworked, in general. But, that feeling comes and goes. I hope that, after a day finishing up yard work and such outside on a beautiful day, that we’re entering a calmer time soon.
I tried making plans today to hang out with 0ne of my best friends, but when I looked at my calendar, it was all booked up every weekend until Thanksgiving. It’s all fun stuff- concerts, parties, get-togethers at our house- but, it was a pretty sad feeling to say to him, “Sorry, man, I’m booked.” It’s tough juggling a new marriage, new house, a website, three jobs, and the massive amount of projects and ambitions I have. When all these things are working at full-tilt, I feel great- like I can rule the world. But then, I slowly start to realize that I cannot rule the world and then everything gets overwhelming. So, it stinks for a few days and then I’m back to sorting things out again.
Sorry for the long-winded explanation, but I felt it necessary considering that I take this Laptop Sessions project very seriously and don’t want it to become a “whenever I get the chance” thing. I don’t work that way- when someone says, “I’ll get to it when I get a chance,” they really mean that it’s never going to get done. And for those that are currently enjoying the last Masters of the Universe album, “Homestead’s Revenge,” well then, you’re probably happy that I don’t for people to finish things “whenever they get a chance”.
Onto tonight’s video:
“I Dreamed Last Night” by Blue Jays is simply one of the greatest songs I’ve ever heard. Other than a guitar solo and harmonies (two things I love, but aren’t necessary in this song), this is a PERFECT song. If you haven’t heard the original, do yourself a favor and download it. This is a great story for me because of the way I remembered this song:
I was in Northampton, MA for a day trip and went into this small record store. In the top section above the rest of the albums, they had a Moody Blues Starter Pack. There were four records for eight bucks and they were in amazing condition. In fact, the copy of “Long Distance Voyager” (one of my all-time favorite albums) was never played. To this day, I don’t have the heart to play it- it’s over 30 years old now and is brand new! Anyway, inside the set was a copy of “Blue Jays”, which was a one-off album for Justin Hayward and John Lodge of the Moody Blues. There’s a cool story behind that album, too:
Justin Hayward and Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues decided to work on a project together after the Moodies broke up after the “Seventh Sojourn” album. But, Mike Pinder (like Gene Clark of the Byrds) is a notorious homebody and backed out of the project after a while. So, Justin Hayward called in John Lodge to collaborate and to add a few of his own songs. The album was titled “Blue Jays” because they’re the two members of the Moody Blues with names that start with “J”- get it? Blue-J’s?
Well, I fired-up the turntable and put the album on. I instantly loved it. Here I had a brand-new (to me) “Moody Blues” album! I knew all the rest of their albums, but we never got this one on CD, so I never heard it growing-up. I knew “Remember Me, My Friend” from a Moody Blues compilation I got recently and loved that song. So I knew I’d love the rest of the album. There’s something about the sound on “Blue Jays”- it’s very “classic rock” sounding with great guitars and a wonderfully full production. The songs themselves, for the most part, are some of the best Hayward ever did. Lodge’s songs were good, too, but I liked some of his earlier work, including “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock’n’Roll Band)” and “Ride My See-saw”.
Then, as I was listening to the album, “I Dreamed Last Night” crackled onto my speakers. I instantly remembered it. It must’ve been on a compilation set my father played a lot. My brother remembered the song, too. And when I heard it, I instantly ran over and played it again. I called my wife upstairs and embarrassingly sang it to her at the top of my lungs. I couldn’t stop talking about it for days- this song has one of the best tunes I’ve ever heard. It has slow parts and fast parts. It’s sad and yet triumphant. In a word, it’s amazing.
So, when it came time to do the new season of the Laptop Sessions, this was near the top of the list. Even though I don’t play the song in the same guitar tuning as Justin Hayward does, it’s still in the same key and I think it gets the sentiment across very well. I hope you’ll love this song as much as I did and will check out this album- it’s a lost gem if I’ve ever found one.
Have a great one and I’ll be back on time for my video on Thursday, October 28th. Enjoy tonight’s cover song acoustic version of “I Dreamed Last Night” by Blue Jays!
Welcome, welcome to another edition of the Laptop Sessions in high definition! Tonight, I bring you the second video from last week’s recording session. This one is truly a classic off of one of my favorite all-time albums: Elvis Presley’s 1957 Christmas Album.
“Blue Christmas” is a song everyone knows. And, I’m pretty sure that with tonight’s recording, that every single musician in the last 50 years has recorded a version of it. I happen to do mine in Elvis’ style, but I love Brian Wilson’s version on the Beach Boys Christmas Album, too. But, while Brian’s version is sad and melancholy, Elvis gives this song so much raw soul. It’s his “uh-huh” singing at its best and is on my list of “perfect recordings”. Those are the songs (like, for instance, the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows”) that couldn’t be any better- just the perfect blend of instrumentation, songwriting style, vocals, etc.
Of course, “Blue Christmas” was even recorded earlier than Elvis’s version- as early as 1948! But, Elvis made it a rock song and that’s the version that everyone knows.
I got to use my colleague Noreen’s 12-string Gibson acoustic from 1967 on this one- what a great sound! It was so much fun to play. When you’re using that guitar in a room with good acoustics, you feel like you’re a one man band. I’m loving this new setup. And, this week’s video was much easier to edit- literally took just a minute until it was rendering. It’s such a nice feeling to get something done right the first time.
On a personal note, things have never been busier. Whether it’s decorating the house, going shopping, cooking, working, etc. I’m never just sitting and relaxing. I have a feeling it’s going to be like this until after the New Year, but I tell ya- I need some more sleep! I’m looking forward to a couple of work parties, a couple of get-togethers at the new house, and general Christmas cheer.
If you haven’t done it yet, head on over to WCJM Free Internet Radio at wcjm.com and click on the Moore Hits in the Morning radio in the center of the screen. You’ll then be taken to all of our radio shows that you can listen to absolutely free- click on any of the numerous Christmas shows and get ready to laugh! They’re really entertaining and I listen to each of them at least twice each Christmas season to get me in that yuletide mood.
Okay, off to bed now- make sure to keep checking back this week for more great articles and videos from the Only Music Blog- The Laptop Sessions!
Can…it…be? A new Jeff Copperthite laptop sessions video?
Ok cool, I mean he’s got a lot to upload still from his files.
But wait, there’s something different.
He looks a lot older…and well, it must be his Irish blood that is causing him to age like a raisin.
But in all seriousness, yes this is a brand new video that I sat down and recorded today. It is a cover of one of my favorite bands the Foo Fighters and from their first album titled “Oh, George”. It is one of the later songs on the album. The album itself was always in my rotation in high school and it is so easy to just listen to it from start to finish.
Technical notes are as follows. I decided to try recording it on my tablet to see how the video quality is. I had to use a bit lower light than I wanted because if I had used more, the recording video would flicker. Further, once I uploaded the video, it is not a full frame video. The audio quality is solid, however. I think I will be going back to my Powershot for future recordings.
As I mentioned to Jim today, lately all I have wanted to learn as far as new songs go are Foo Fighters songs. I think I will be posting some this Fall and call it Laptopsessions.com’s Fall of Foo”. The next song will be off their 2nd album “The Colour and the Shape”
I was at Jim’s release party last night for his new CD “The Easy Ways”. It is an amazing album per Jim’s usual standard. He has managed to top himself yet again. Pick it up now – best $10 ever!
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