Hey there! First self-written blog on the laptopsessions site, and I’m excited to be learning all the ins-and-outs of the process. (Not really EXCITED, cuz it’s lots of work, but the end result is exciting!) So I was in kind of a bind because 3 days comes and goes so fast, and suddenly I was left to do another cover. And anyone who knows me knows I used to HATE doing cover songs, so I have zero in my prelearned catalogue. However, I figured out this Beatles cover song, my second favorite Beatles tune of all time (The first being “Something”, which I will do in a future session on the Uke in tribute to George Harrison!) I’ve always loved “In My Life”, Ringo’s drums are great… they sound like feet shuffling during a slow dance, and I think anyone who gives this song a good listen will have a slide-show of their whole life playing in their head.
As I sing it to myself pictures of faces I dont speak to anymore still pop up, (“some are dead and some are living”- it’s true!), and loves that have come and gone. I dont know exactly what this song means to me, I guess just because there’s no current love to sing it to makes me believe it’s sung to my soul… and whoever out there shares it with me, and the Big Man upstairs who is responsible for it all. (No, not my father upstairs! haha!) Not bad for a 4 am recording on a binge of candy and diet Dr. Thunder. Enjoy!
So upon wandering around during my free time after school today, I looked into the harmless, blue sky and saw pigs flying. I knew what must be done, and I immediately ran home and recorded TWO videos for fecies and chuckles to throw on YouTube, LaptopSessions, and my new site mikefusco.com that actually has a shot of seeing the light of day! I’m so excited about it and it dawned on me that I must get more content of me on the web for your viewing pleasure and listening displeasure. : )
So I’m starting off easy. This is a new song from this past summer called “Do You Have A Sister?” and it sort of described my luck. You go through a terrible relationship, you find (or long ago found) someone who’s perfect for you, and of course they have a boyfriend. And of course he happens to be a close friend. And of course he doesn’t care about her and complains all the time and of course it becomes a huge mess. And it begs the question- “Fine..i get it… you’re taken…do you have a sister?” Though I knew she did, this song has deeper meaning than its upbeat tune implies. Here I have this guy friend telling me how I’m soooo lucky because I don’t have to try and one night at work I got three phone numbers and it made him so mad….meanwhile he’s “Stuck” with this perfect girl that deserved much better. And it made me want to wake both of them up. Her and I would hang out til 6 am in the summer and it was just…a nice escape back to innocence again after a terrible ending to a terrible period in life.
I know fate has a certain role in the world, but I believe it takes into account our ambition and relies on who we are to take us the rest of the way there. So to “Pam”, or anyone else who’s not happy where they find themselves, there’s always still time. Each day is a choice.
and for the love of God…somebody call my iPhone…i just got a new white 3G! =) ciao all.
I’ve had this song recorded for awhile now, it was actually the first song I ever wrote on guitar (and it was completely by accident!) I was waiting for Mr. Jim Fusco (who’s great new album “Halfway There” is available now for purchase!…you’re welcome, Fusc!) to get off the phone my sophomore year of high school so I can Dial up (for those of you who don’t know what that is, we used to have to dial up to go online and connect to a blazing 24.4 kbs on an old modem) and go on Instant Messenger. AOL was the place to be at night in high school, and my brother took up our only phone line.
Impatiently waiting, I picked up my unplugged electric guitar I had received two years earlier (on Jim’s 16th birthday, actually). My father can’t turn down a good deal, so he excitedly asked me if I wanted a guitar, too, and drove us to the JCPenny outlet store that morning before the party so I could have one as well =) I never learned how to play it in those two years, but Jim had started to get the basics and knew all the chords.
I recall seeing him play a G (which, to a non-guitar player, looks like this cool, difficult chord). So I pick it up, throw my fingers on it, get it completely wrong, but as soon as I strummed it, I LOVED the chord. It sounded like a harp. And an entire melody and lyrics hit me all at once, as I struggled the better part of the night to figure out how the strings worked and BS some chords to fit this new tune.
Needless to say, I never made it on instant messenger that night. I became a guitar player =) And it still goes down as one of my favorite songs, and I thank Jim for three things- 1. Vocals on the original recording 2. driving me home in the camaro everyday so I’d stare at the passenger-side side-view mirror that said “Objects are Closer Than They Appear” (listen for a variation in the song!) and 3. Talking on the phone too long. =) enjoy!
This tune I wrote two February’s ago while sitting on a bench in West Haven, CT (Savin Rock). My favorite restaurant Jimmies is there, and I went between classes alone to just look at the water and see the sun shine out on it. I wondered why just seeing the sea could make me think and feel so strongly of one person in particular, especially since I never went there with them (or anywhere, for that matter)… Yet love has a way of touching the entire outside world, and every subject is another shell that was never left unturned.
I remember the cool air, but occasional warm breeze- and girls from a high school track team jogging by as I stared at a blank spot on the bench in which I sat… which I found remarkable, because every square inch besides this one void was covered in “Tom love Erica” and “Joe-hearts-Sandy”, etc… And i was so excited that if I wanted to, I could join the immortal bench carvers, haha… and lo and behold?..
a tropical song was born… and it inspired me to buy my ocean blue Dean Key Largo acoustic/electric because it feels like Im holding that water in my hands… hope you enjoy this interesting, complex song as much as my mother does when she hears me practice it!
Just a note… my favorite lines – “But who will save me?..When Im all alone, and my heart could choke…I got a tunnel of love, but my swan-boat’s broke….Maybe it just needs a song, a new piece of oak- to get me to you…And I dont know if it’s the cold or the fact I miss you so- that is makin’ my lips turn blue… But there’s still strength enough for I adore you”… =)