By Jim Fusco:
And now, another edition of The Open Mic Sessions with me, Jim Fusco!
Today is “Good Enough”, a rockin’ track from my 2012 album, “Those Around Us”. The recording of this original song has some pretty tight harmonies on the bridge- I’ve always been proud of those. Plus, I got to add in some clever electric piano to fill-out the sound. Bet a lot of people didn’t even know there was an electric piano in there! Though I’m sure my good buddy (and Laptop Sessions songwriter) Jeff Copperthite would notice- that’s kind of his thing.
I recorded this at Sam Ash music store in New Haven, CT in September, 2013. There’s never many people at the store during open mic night (it’s just a nice place to get some practice in, really), but the staff really seemed to like this song. It’s always fun paying attention to their reactions to see what songs they like. I keep that in the back of my mind and use it to make setlists for other gigs in the future.
I came up with the line, “I’ve never been good enough to be your man, I’ve always been better than that,” and the song just kind of followed. I like that idea- saying that you’re “good enough” for someone kind of says that your ONLY “good enough”. I never wanted to feel like the things I’ve done are just “good enough”, though maybe in some of my older albums, I didn’t strive for total perfection. At some point, you have to say, “Yes, this is good enough and I won’t really get it much better,” or you’ll never get anything done. It’s been a life learning experience to balance “good enough” and “the best it can be”.
On that note, I’ll leave you with this performance of “Good Enough”, which, ironically, is not my best performance of the song. But it’s a new take on this original song and I hope you enjoy it! Stay tuned for more original music here on the Open Mic Sessions!