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My first official laptop session of the new year! I’ve been listening to 1970’s George Harrison this week–Thirty Three and a Third and George Harrison–but I was reminded today of this track off of his 2001 posthumous release Brainwashed. It’s such a simple song, but it was easy to learn and fun to play, so here it is!
The next edition of The Laptop Sessions comes to you with a song from George Harrison. Man, do I love this song. It’s got George’s great lyrics that let you know it’s “him” and it’s also got such a catchy chorus. Even if you don’t know this tune, I’m sure you’ll love it once you hear it.
George is so underrated, and I plan on doing many of his songs in the future. Until then, please enjoy this one and stay tuned for more Laptop Sessions!
Hello all, and welcome to another edition of the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog! It’s me, Jim Fusco, back here again with another cover song video.
This one is from one of my favorite albums ever- “Cloud 9” by George Harrison. I think I’ve mentioned it before, but something about the albums from this late-80s period is just so great to me. It’s probably because I grew up listening to them and it’s nice to think of a time I was alive AND people like George Harrison were still really popular. Plus, I think listening to rock music at such an early age (I was three years old when “Cloud Nine” came out) like this really sticks with you. There have been some songs that I heard back in the late 80s and I haven’t really listened to since. When I finally hear them again, somehow I know all the words! It’s really incredible to think that those lyrics stuck with me over all those years and that I learned them when I was so young. I guess that’s why they try to teach a second language to kids that are under ten years old- it really does stay with you! Of course, instead of a foreign language, I learned a ton of rock music lyrics.
For my iTunes, I have a song rating system I devised. Basically, it’s a way of sorting through all of my music and categorizing the ones I truly love. It also helps me weed-out all the songs I don’t like but have in my music library just to complete an album. Anyway, my 5-star songs are my favorite songs of all time- these are the classics like “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys and “You Just May Be the One” by the Monkees that I just can’t live without. The next category down, 4-stars, is for songs that, when they come on, I say to myself, “Oh man, I love this song.” This category is reserved for songs that make my eyes widen and my ears perk up as soon as the first chords kick in. “This Is Love” by George Harrison is one of those songs. As soon as the song starts, you’re hooked in- the great chord progression and the wonderful late-80s guitar sound get me every time. I can only hope that my acoustic cover song version I’ve done here for the music video blog does the song justice.
This song, “This Is Love”, is a classic. It’s got that unmistakable George Harrison sound. If you don’t know it, get ready to have a new favorite song, because this song has a great melody and, of course, great chords and style- George all the way! Of course, there will be many more George Harrison songs done here for the music blog in the future. I recently got into listening to all of his solo albums and was blown-away…no pun to another George Harrison song… In the meantime, I hope you enjoy today’s video and will come back for more great cover songs from The Laptop Sessions music blog!
So, can you tell I’m on a George Harrison kick? It’s another edition of the Laptop Sessions with me, Jim Fusco!
One small piece of business before we get started: From now on, I’m going to try to post my videos at midnight on Thursday morning so you can wake up on Thursdays and see a new cover song music video or read an article. Lately, I’ve been staying up late on Thursdays and posting at like 1 am on Friday…that’s not really what I was going for with Jim Fusco Thursdays! So, make sure to grab a cup of coffee every Thursday morning and head on over to the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog for a great post each week. Now, onto tonight’s video!
On my way back from the Mets game I went to two Fridays ago, my friend John was flipping around to different radio stations in the car. He came across one station and I said, “Wow, I really think that’s George Harrison singing, but I’ve never heard this song before!” So, I whipped-out the Shazam app on my iPhone and it found the song: “It’s What You Value” from George Harrison’s solo album, 33 1/3. The song sounded great, so I decided to listen to the album. Well, I loved it and now I’m going to listen to all of his solo albums! I’m onto “George Harrison” (self-titled) now and I’m enjoying that one very much, as well.
“33 1/3” is not only an interesting title because of the RPMs of a vinyl LP on the turntable, but (as my father informed me) is also how old George was when he released the album! How cool! I guess I’ll have to come out with a vinyl single when I turn 45…
I’ve known “Crackerbox Palace’ since I was little. Back in the early 90s, I believe, they came out with George Harrison’s “Best of the Dark Horse Years” CD, which chronicled his greatest solo hits while on the Dark Horse label he created. So my father played it in the car all the time. That’s probably why I love George’s “Cloud 9” album more than any person should love an album: it’s embedded in my mind from when I was four! Getting back to the “Best Of” album, songs like “Crackerbox Palace” have been with me for a long time and it feels great to finally perform it.
I was surprised to learn that “Crackerbox Palace” is one of my brother Mike’s favorite George Harrison songs, as well. Plus, Becky seems to really love it, too. If you haven’t seen the original music video (that he did with the help of the folks from Monty Python), then you should really check it out. I think that’s why Becky likes the song so much now- it’s so lighthearted and fun.
On that note, I always look so serious when recording these songs- I just want them to sound right, so I forget to smile a lot of the time. On a lighthearted song like this, I hope it doesn’t detract from the general mood.
Okay, that’s all for me this week- make sure to stop back next Thursday for a great Moody Blues “Best Albums Ranked In Order” list my father came up with. Which album is the best? Or, maybe even more importantly, which album is the WORST? Find out next Thursday here on the music blog. Have a great week and see you then!
George Harrison Acoustic Rock Cover Songs and Free mp3 Downloads
Famously the George in John, Paul, George, and Ringo (aka the Beatles), Harrison had a successful solo career of his own after the dissolution of the Fab Four. He began with a trendsetting benefit concert known as the Concert for Bangladesh. The first new music recordings of his solo career were on the double album All Things Must Pass. He went on to record much new music, taking a long break from the recording scene until 2001 when he worked on his final album, Brainwashed, which was released posthumously. Harrison’s acoustic
music was distinctive, as was his guitar soloing. He brought a new soul and spiritual philosophy to new rock music, sharing his thoughts and observations through his songwriting. The songwriters of the Laptop Sessions have each recorded a song from his impressive catalog and there will be many more to come.