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Thanks again to Jeff for coming up with “Original Wednesday”, as I think it’s a great way to work some of our own material in here!
Today, I’m doing one of my songs from an album I made back in late 2003 called “That’s All…”. I couldn’t stop listening to this song (yes, I listen to my own music quite a bit- I think I should be making music I actually like listening to!) so I decided to make it my first non-Christmas original here on the Laptop Sessions.
I like the way the verse isn’t very “standard”. I don’t exactly know what prompted my creation of it, but it’s always stuck out as both unique and meaningful.
Problem is that I don’t really remember the meaning, either! Actually, I can take a pretty educated guess: Basically, the song says, “I gave you everything. You could’ve had anything. But when I ask for a little something in return, you tell me I’m greedy and hold it against me.”
I must’ve felt this way, as most people do in a relationship at one time or another. I think it made for great song material!
Well, as they say, a Laptop Session a day keeps the doctor away! They don’t? Well, anyway, here’s your daily dose of great music from Jim, Chris, and Jeff!
Welcome to Original Wednesday here on the Laptop Sessions! Tonight, I bring you the first ever video starring Jim, Chris, and Becky for my original song from the new MoU album, “Homestead’s Revenge”.
“Sober” is a song I wrote a couple years ago and has become a live favorite whenever we play it. I wrote it during the recording of the first MoU album, but didn’t get to record it until recently, so it remains a “new” song.
I had Chris and Becky help me out for two reasons- first, the harmonies. Second, the fact that my voice kinda gave out tonight right before I went to record another original song called “The Game”. And, for anyone that’s heard that song before, you know it’s not one to sing with a bad vocal range! I guess that will have to wait three weeks.
I hope you enjoy this edition of Original Wednesday and I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for the continuation of “#1 Week” here at LaptopSessions.com!
Welcome back for an all-new recording on LaptopSessions.com! If you’ve been here before, then you probably know that today is “Original Wednesday,” and it’s my pleasure to bring you one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written, titled “Please Stay.”
I wrote this song a while back as a contribution for Masters of the Universe. My bandmate, Jim Fusco, helped me refine the chord structure and added in an incredible duo of guitar solos — that’s right, two distinct solos in one song! (If MoU ever releases Homestead’s Revenge, the fully-produced version will be on it.)
Of course, this is an acoustic performance, and you’ll hear the rarely-used third verse that replaces the second solo. I’ve never been entirely happy with the third verse, so I’ve amended it a bit for this recording. Without further ado, “Please Stay”!
P.S. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for an all-new Laptop Session by Jeff!
Welcome to another edition of the Laptop Sessions with me, Jim Fusco! Tonight, I bring you an original song that first appeared on my 2009 album, “Halfway There”. Let’s get the promo stuff out of the way first: You can buy the album “Halfway There” with 12 original songs on my website at http://jimfusco.com/albums/halfway-there.html. I play all of the instruments on the album and sing all the vocal parts, though there are a couple of guest appearances throughout. The album, which you can buy on iTunes as well as on CD, features a beautiful album cover painting from Ben Quesnel. I made him a website for his original artwork at http://bqartstudio.com. The album cover ties the whole album together- the feeling of being only “halfway there” in life.
“Tuning In”, tonight’s original song music video, is about two people that are having a tough time finding time for each other. As we all grow up and start to work for a living (after graduating school, hopefully), we find it hard to fit in all of the things we were accustomed to doing. I know I found it difficult. All of a sudden, your days are completely filled. Plus, when you get home, there are chores to do around the house, plus cleaning, cooking, and the laundry. No time is left over for anything fun anymore! My future wife and I were in that situation for a while. We eventually made everything work, but for a time, we would barely ever see each other.
I can recall the exact moment when I came up with the idea for this song, “Tuning In’. Every week, we would get together and watch the TV show “Boston Legal”. But, during this time period, we were both very busy, as I mentioned earlier. I recall seeing a pattern: the ONLY time we’d see each other was to watch this one-hour long TV show! Thus the line, “I’m tuning you in an hour a week…” Of course, looking back on it all, I’m sure I was exaggerating a bit. But, like I said, it was tough getting used to being so busy all of the time. We went from spending every waking moment together to only seeing each other when all the chores, homework, and day jobs were done…hardly ever.
I chose to do “Tuning In” tonight for a few reasons:
First, I like the song! Of course I do- I wrote it, right? But, this one always gets me because I love the style. I came up with that interesting strumming pattern (kind of start-stop thing I do with the guitar) and it’s got some cool chords thrown in there. Plus, I think it’s one of my best choruses up to that point in my musical career. It’s got a good hook and in the recording, I was able to use a neat vocal effect, too. I got three vocal background parts and recorded each of them twice. The result was a nice full effect that I borrowed from Bareknaked Ladies- they used the technique on their “Barenaked Ladies Are Me” album (specifically the song, “Bank Job”).
The second reason I chose “Tuning In” as my original song of the night was because I’m not quite ready to debut a new song from my upcoming album, “Those Around Us”. Yes, all of the songs are recorded, mixed, and mastered. But, I’m waiting for the album cover (again painted by Ben Quesnel- and it’s AMAZING) so I can produce the discs. I’m so excited, but I want to debut Laptop Sessions acoustic music videos of the new songs once I have a release date set for the new album. I’ll keep you posted- it’s going to be soon!
I hope you enjoy my original song, “Tuning In”, another step forward (in my opinion) as a songwriter and producer. And I hope you’ll check out the album “Halfway There”, as well- it would mean the world to me if you listened (and bought, of course) the album. Let me know what you think of “Tuning In” in the comments section!
Acoustic cover songs are what the Laptop Sessions music video blog is all about, but only to a certain extent. The three music artists signed to Fusco-Moore Productions, the production company that hosts the blog, love to listen to new music, particularly from their favorite artists. They love to feature that music and those artists on their music blog. New rock music, alternative music, indie music, and more is available in acoustic guitar music form on the Laptop Sessions free videos site, but the goal of the three artists is not simply to have people listen to their acoustic cover versions. Rather, these songwriters hope that, if you enjoy the covers – they try to record the best cover songs on the web! – then you will also enjoy their original music. Thus, every Wednesday on the video blog is Original Wednesday, a time for the boys of FMP to share unplugged music videos of the songs that they have spent time recording and promoting!