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Category Archives: Christmas Songs
Christmas songs, including classics, contemporary tunes, and originals!
Here again with another Laptop Session for Christmas! This song, originally made famous by the supergroup Band-Aid, has been a favorite of mine since I was little.
I got 4/5 of MoU together and we did this tune in Fusco-Moore Studios a couple days ago. We had a lot of fun with it- a bit too much fun, considering the subject matter of the song. Please note that we don’t take the subject of starvation in third-world countries lightly- we just had a lot of fun getting together and singing Christmas songs!
I hope you’ve enjoyed The Laptop Sessions’ tribute to Christmas over these past few weeks. I’m already looking forward to next year! I hope everyone gets what they’re hoping for this Christmas- and the Laptop Sessions will be back again in a couple days!
Halfway home, folks! I can’t believe it’s been a full week of releasing these Christmas songs. I’ll admit, I actually just finished recording the album a few minutes ago, as I still had some guitar work to do. Just another session of mixing and everything will be complete. But, it’s like teaching- as long as you’re one page ahead of the students…
I bring you “Please Come Home For Christmas” in the style of The Eagles today, by request from my mom. She loves the Laptop Sessions version we did a few years ago. Now, I have to toot my own horn here and say that this newly recorded studio version sounds almost exactly like the original! I worked very hard to get the correct sounds on the guitar, including the chorus sound on the arpeggiated guitar.
Tomorrow, we start week number two, so please keep coming back to download your free copy of all of these songs! I hope you like “Please Come Home For Christmas” and see you tomorrow!
Okay, it’s time for me to contribute to “Original Wednesday.” And for my first selection…
This is one of my original Christmas songs. I know it’s a bit sad for a Christmas song, but it was a clear and simple portrait of how I felt at the time that I wrote it. And it still takes me back. (I suppose the question is, why would I want to?…)
Hello everyone! Continuing with our last couple days of Christmas, we give you “Elf’s Lament”, a great song by Barenaked Ladies. We’ve always been happy with the way our live version came out, so I got the guys together to do a special acoustic version for the Laptop Sessions! This song was perfect for the band to do because it features vocal parts for three members of the band. Well, in this version, Mike isn’t sitting behind a large (and loud) drum set, so he got to sing the lead parts with the other three of us. I’ve always been a fan of songs where two or three members of the band get a chance to sing. Songs like “Two of Us” by the Beatles and “Walking On Air” by the Moody Blues (off of their amazing 1999 album, Strange Times) are great examples where you can hear all of the band members. And, my favorite bands are ones where each member gets a chance to shine.
Which brings me to the band that we covered tonight: Barenaked Ladies. Their Christmas album, “Barenaked for the Holidays’ is awesome. Four of the five (at the time) members wrote and sang lead vocals on songs throughout the album. That, to me, is the mark of a truly great band. You get so much variety in an album and that’s probably why I’m such a big fan of the Moody Blues, the Byrds, the Beatles, and the Beach Boys (after 1967). “Barenaked for the Holidays” features such classic songs as “Green Christmas” and Steven Page’s “Hanukkah Blessings”.
“Elf’s Lament” was originally done by Ed Robertson, Steven Page, and Michael Bublé. I’m not a huge fan of Bublé’s voice in this song- it just has an odd sound to it. And, saying his voice sounds odd next to Steven Page’s voice is really saying something. So, we stuck Cliff with that part to sing. I got the Steven Page part. This song was so much fun to sing. It was a big hit on our Christmas concert CD and DVD set. For that show, we performed in front of over 60 people, including the mayor of our hometown of Wallingford, CT. It was one of the highlights of my musical career. We just had so much fun playing this song- I wish there were more songs like this that give everyone a chance to shine. I think everyone else in the band would’ve stayed more interested. Knowing you have a starring role makes you pay more attention for sure!
To learn more about our music, please visit http://jimfusco.com/albums.html. You can purchase our Christmas concert on either CD or DVD there. It’s jam-packed with 30 (yes, 30!) original and cover songs. I personally think it’s the best Christmas album you can buy for the money. I hope you enjoy tonight’s Barenaked Ladies cover song and hope you’ll come back for more great Christmas songs from the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog!
When the weather outside is frightful and the fire is so delightful, you know ‘tis the season that comes but once a year… Every Christmas, we love to listen to the classic seasonal tunes that we grew up listening to, and we love to invite new music for the Christmas season into our collections. For free videos of your favorite Christmas songs recorded as cover songs, you need look no farther than the music videos recorded for the Laptop Sessions. Each December, songwriters Jim and Chris look forward to recording covers of their favorite seasonal tunes and posting them online in their video blog entries for other fans to enjoy. Help spread the holiday cheer by visiting http://LaptopSessions.com!