“Fur Peace Rag” (Jorma Kaukonen Instrumental Cover)

Originally posted 2009-02-07 00:01:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Hello and welcome to the unveiling of our most recent addition to the Guest Sessions, a new segment on the Laptop Sessions music blog that opens up the blog to YOUR cover song music videos!  Tonight, we have the pleasure of bringing you a change from the norm for us.  This is one of the few instrumental acoustic covers we have presented over the years.

Tonight’s video was recorded by Paul Karp.  He writes,

“I recorded an instrumental tune by Jorma Kaukonen titled ‘Fur Peace Rag.’

I started playing guitar when I was 16 years old after listening to the first Hot Tuna album. Jorma has been an inspiration over the years and his style of playing continues to amaze me even after being a fan for over 30 years.”

A quick Wikipedia search will explain that Kaukonen was a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, which he helped score two top ten hits in 1967.  He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and although he is known for being a folk singer/musician, he was struck by the power of electric music early on, continuing to be fascinated by the technological advancements.  Kaukonen continues to be active musically to this day.

So thank you, Paul, for submitting this video.  Now we hope all of you will enjoy listening to it!

“Do You Have A Sister?” Mike Fusco original song!

Originally posted 2009-03-13 16:00:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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.



“Bulletproof…I wish I was” (Radiohead Cover)

Originally posted 2008-09-23 22:41:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Jeff Copperthite:

Good evening to you!  I hope this evening finds you well and happy.  I’m bringing another familiar band (for me) for today’s session, and matter of fact, a familiar album.

Even though I love the more recent albums from Radiohead, I just can’t seem to find a song that would make a good acoustic cover outside of the songs I know on “The Bends”.  I’ve covered three from that album, and this song marks the fourth i’ve covered.  This could possibly be the most covered album on the sessions!

The song I have chosen is not a single on the album, and the song itself is known for it’s “spacy” feel.  The song is “Bulletproof…I wish I was” which I love for the Bb6 chord that is played at the end of the chorus.

I’m not saying I’m tired of covering this album, but if you think there’s a Radiohead song from another album that would make a good acoustic cover, please request it.  I’m seriously lost on what else I could cover from this band.

I also make no claim to sound like Thom Yorke, and if you’re reading this chances are you are not a person who watches an acoustic cover of a video expecting it to sound exactly the same.  And if it doesn’t, then the video is subpar.  We do quality covers on this site, and as long as you expect a cover, you will be a happy viewer.

Sorry, had to rant a bit – I haven’t historically gotten very positive comments on Youtube about my Radiohead covers in the past.

Well anyway, I think this is my best of the four songs from this album.  I hope you agree!

Tomorrow I can’t wait to see what Jim has in store for his original song.  I’ll be back to watch, and I know you will be too!

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, Jeff’s acoustic cover song music videos are no longer on YouTube, but we decided to keep his cover song blog posts up.  We figured these music blog entries would be good for posterity’s sake and because Jeff always gave such insightful posts each Session.  We hope to see Jeff’s impressive catalog of acoustic rock songs here on the Laptop Sessions cover songs and original music blog again in the future.  But, for now, please make sure to check-out hundreds of other acoustic cover songs from all of your favorite bands here on the Laptop Sessions music blog!

“Breezy” (Final Fantasy VIII (8) Soundtrack Cover)

Originally posted 2008-02-05 18:03:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Jeff Copperthite:

And once again, for something totally new in a few ways to the Laptop Sessions – a song from a video game.

Not just any video game, but from my all time favorite series. Final Fantasy has been a mainstay for me for nearly 20 years, and I have always been a fan of all the soundtracks. My MP3 player has nearly every OST song from the games, and they are high in my top 20.

The song I have chose to play is from Final Fantasy 8, and it is called Breezy. Oddly enough, it is also the music that plays when you go to the character Zell’s hometown (and if you notice my name, zell is the first four letters).

It also is one of the few songs that Nobuo Uematsu (was Final Fantasy’s main composer for quite some time) wrote solely for guitar. The rest of the soundtrack is typical to a video game.

Anyway, enjoy this instrumental laptop session. Check out Jim’s Original Wednesday contribution tomorrow as Laptop Session a day is 36/36 in 2008!

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, Jeff’s acoustic cover song music videos are no longer on YouTube, but we decided to keep his cover song blog posts up.  We figured these music blog entries would be good for posterity’s sake and because Jeff always gave such insightful posts each Session.  We hope to see Jeff’s impressive catalog of acoustic rock songs here on the Laptop Sessions cover songs and original music blog again in the future.  But, for now, please make sure to check-out hundreds of other acoustic cover songs from all of your favorite bands here on the Laptop Sessions music blog!