And here it is- the end of the line. I can’t believe we’re already through all 14 days of my Rock’n’Roll Christmas celebration! Remind me to never do this again.
Today’s song is my original Christmas tune, “Christmas Morning”, that I wrote back in high school! I personally think every artist has ONE good Christmas song in them. And, to be honest, I’m not exactly sure that I’d ever be able to come up with another one as catchy as this one, so I don’t think I’m going to try!
I recorded this song for the first time back in 2004 for our Christmas album, “Our Christmas Gift To You”. At the time, I was just getting used to playing the guitar and recording with my digital 24-track. I had basic microphones, too. Now, I have a Cab Clone to record my guitars, various tube amps, high quality mics, compressors, preamps, and…the same 24 track mixer. But, if you’ve heard both versions, you can really tell a big difference. I’ll probably end-up recording this again in the future after my equipment gets even better!
My wife Becky helps me sing on this tune, too. I was going to have my brother Mike help out, but he was sick when he came home for Thanksgiving, so he couldn’t sing on it. Next time, though!
I hope you’ve had as much fun reading and listening to these Christmas songs as I have making them. It’s a pretty big accomplishment for me to do all of this while being so busy otherwise. I hope I can maybe just do one song a year from now on, just to keep me into the recording process. Enjoy “Christmas Morning” and have a Merry Christmas!
Welcome, welcome to yet another edition of Jim Fusco Tuesdays here on the best music video blog ever created.
Now, I’m sure you’ve been wondering why week after week I write, “Welcome, welcome” to begin my posts here on the music blog. Well, it’s the famous opening to Groucho Marx’s show, “You Bet Your Life.” “Welcome, welcome to You Bet Your Life. Say the secret word and the bird will come down and give you a hundred dollars.” So, that’s the story!
Tonight, I bring to you another one-hit-wonder group with a Number One single on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in 1987. “(I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight” was a Number 1 for two weeks and it’s a really “eighties” sounding song. So, what was my response? To make an acoustic cover version of the song. These videos tend to be my most popular. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.
I’ll admit that before tonight, I only really knew the chorus to this song. I then got the song and listened to it about 15 times (the people next door must’ve thought I was in some sort of a mood tonight. But, then again, I do live with 24-hours-a-day-music-Moore…). It really is a great song, after all. I’m always a sucker for over the top eighties production, and this song has a great guitar solo both in the middle and especially at the end.
My version has a bit of a uniqueness to it, as I made my own version of the opening synth part on acoustic guitar. It’s nothing special, but I really like the sound. It definitely beats just strumming it and letting your imagination fill in the gaps.
It’s late now and Dana is really keeping me awake over here with stories, etc. I’m not complaining- we always have a good time down in the new computer room. It’s funny- I never spent much time down here until I got the new computer.
My trip this weekend was a lot of fun. We went up to Lake Champlain and stayed at the Hilton in Burlington, VT. We wen to Ben & Jerry’s factory, sampled Cabot cheese, and got candy and fudge from the Lake Champlain chocolate factory. We also got to walk around the wonderful Church Street market, where we had a ton of great food and went to some pretty cool shops. I’d love to live near a place like that. Our hotel had an indoor pool, which was nice, especially during the winter in Vermont.
Plus, on Friday, right before I left, I was greeted at home with the painting of the album cover to “Halfway There”, my new album! It’s officially nearing completion now and the cover went a long way. I’ll be revealing it online soon! The painting is amazing. It was done by a great young artist named Ben Quesnel. In exchange, I’m making him a website, and after the job he did, I’m really gonna make a great site for him. This album cover really takes my production to a new level!
Okay, off to bed- a very busy week this week. Everyone has the week off from school (I’m constantly surrounded by teachers), so everyone thinks that they can just start hanging out and taking more of my time than usual. I usually don’t mind, but honestly, there’s just too much to do to fit everything in. Until next Tuesday, have a great week and enjoy tonight’s Laptop Session!
Hello everyone!! I’m back from obscurity to bring you another obscure Beach Boys song!
I’ve been on my honeymoon for the past two weeks. You’ll notice a certain new accessory on my left hand in the video- I actually notice the difference when playing. To sum up the trip and the wedding- everything went great. Great weather, had a good time at the reception, wasn’t nervous at all, heard good music, went great places, hotels were nice, and just got to live the Hawaiian experience for two weeks!
Back to reality now, but there’s a lot to look forward to- a new house on the way and a new life as a married man. It’s both exciting and tiring and I think I need a couple more days to decompress after my vacation! You see, my wife (weird to say that) is the type that needs to see and do anything and everything while on a trip. So, there really wasn’t much relaxation. I need another vacation!
Anyway, Hawaii is an amazing place- from the weather to the people (who are very jolly, as the Beach Boys have said) to the scenery. One of our favorite places was Lahaina, which is a nice town along the coast that boasts many art galleries and the second largest banyan tree in the world! So, of course, this Beach Boys song was stuck in my head the entire time. Becky and I walked around the town that day and even though it was only in the mid 80s, that “near the equator” sun made it feel like it was 100 or more. But, the day was nice and I will remember Lahaina fondly.
I hope to have some time in the near future to post some photos, etc.- things I’ve been wanting to do, but haven’t gotten a chance to. I hope you all followed me on Twitter (http://twitter.com/jimfusco), as I chronicled all the great (and hilarious) things we saw and did on the honeymoon.
I know Jeff is a fan of tonight’s song, as I played it on one of our BSYNHO shows we did for our significant others. I hope my acoustic cover version does it justice. “Lahaina Aloha” comes from an album that didn’t sell well and is officially the last ever Beach Boys album, as I truly don’t think there will ever be another. “Summer in Paradise” isn’t all bad- just half. I actually really enjoy the other half of the album- Bruce’s “One Summer Night”, with great vocals from Al, and Mike’s “Strange Things Happen”, which is one of Becky’s favorites, as well.
But, “Lahaina Aloha” is the perfect song for the acoustic cover song music blog tonight, as the islands of Hawaii are still very fresh in my mind.
Just as a last funny note- while on the ship, we saw The Second City, which is a comedy troupe not unlike the cast of “Whose Line is it Anyway?”. They were very good and did a hilarious skit where they pointed out that the word “aloha” in Hawaiian can mean either, “Hello”, “Goodbye”, or even “I love you”! So, they would sing songs that fit with that. For instance, they did the Doors hit: “Aloha, aloha won’t you tell your name…” And, they ended the skit with the best one- the Beatles “Hello, Goodbye”, or in Hawaiian: “Aloha, aloha! I don’t know why you say Aloha, I say Aloha.”
Anyway, with that, I bid you the same- ALOHA! It’s great to be back to the best blog ever created!
Welcome, welcome to yet another Jim Fusco Tuesday here on the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog. Actually, tonight, you get two for the price of one: I have Chris Moore with me to record this session! And boy, did it come out great. If your connection can handle it, click the “HQ” button and listen to the better audio feed of this one. It’s in full stereo (I LOVE my microphone) and the levels are perfect!
And tonight debuts my brand new 12-string electric guitar! And what a way to bring it in. I knew I had to do a Byrds song. No, it’s not a Rickenbacher. Who can justify spending literally 8 times more for the same essential thing. My version is from Dean and I love it. It looks great and plays even better. The sound is there, too- just like all my favorite 12-string songs. Look for more in the future. I can’t wait to bust out my new lap steel guitar, as well. In a couple weeks, I’ll be getting an HD cam, so all my Laptop Sessions will be in high definition. How cool is that? At that point, I’ll be able to start my new mini-series entitled “Jim’s Guitars”- stay tuned.
Gene Clark wrote tonight’s song and it was off of the Byrds first album, “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Now, this isn’t the greatest album, but it really could have been. That is, if half the album weren’t Bob Dylan covers and other cover songs. Not to knock cover songs, but the songwriting of Gene Clark (and in the future, the rest of the band) was so far ahead of its time and his songs are simply timeless. This song takes me back to when I was at Wesleyan for 5 weeks in the summer of 2000. I was at a program called “CCY”, the Center for Creative Youth. Good fit, eh?
Anyway, those five weeks seemed like a whole lifetime at the time- everything that happened in one day seemed like a year. So, even not seeing someone for two days made it seem like you were living “here without you”. Needless to say, this song was all I listened to when I got back that summer.
I have to keep tonight’s post short because of my marathon video editing job last night. I need to catch up and this is my only opportunity. So, without further ado, I hope you enjoy the great effort put out by Chris and myself tonight on the Byrds’ classic song, “Here Without You”. You won’t be here without us for too long, as Jeff will be back on Thursday for another great cover song music video. Until next week!!