When I received two Guest Sessions videos from two different performers — within two weeks of each other(!) — I simply couldn’t resist putting together a great two-fer Friday for you. For once, I’ll leave it entirely to Jeremy and Federico’s posts and videos below.
Happy Friday to one and all, and enjoy!
By Jeremy Hammond:
My cover of “Pigs on the Wing” Part I from Pink Floyd’s Animals album. A great acoustic song, I played it on my electric, just to mix it up a bit (and just to have an excuse to play my new Strat). Peace! Hope you like it.
By Federico Borluzzi:
Cover of the opening and the final song of Animals (Pink Floyd, 1977). I play the second part right after the first one. This was the first cover I uploaded on YouTube, so didn’t know the right places where I could put the camera… That’s why my face is almost hidden!
Welcome to the start of “#1 Week”, where Chris Moore, Jeff Copperthite, and I are playing only songs that topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts, except for Original Wednesday, of course. But, I hope that the song I play on Original Wednesday will be a contender for a #1 week in the future!
Tonight, I bring you a song that I just can’t get enough of. It’s Chicago’s first #1 hit and was written by the great Peter Cetera.
It’s a slow song, but has a great tune and some great chords. The only problem with the song is that it marked the beginning of Chicago’s “power ballad” phase. It was fruitful for them, yes, but it was also the end of their highly creative rock-n-roll style.
And, introducing a new performer to the Laptop Sessions…
Mr. Elijah Bartholomeow Wilco (the cat)!
We usually call him Eli for short, and yes, he’s my cat. And, yes, if you listen closely enough, that’s him in the background providing some harmony vocals. To be honest, he’s not much worse than I am, although I’m not sure what that says about his abilities. I tried explaining that Johnny Cash’s American series doesn’t really lend itself to multiple vocals, but he just wouldn’t listen.
In all seriousness, welcome to the start of a new week for us here at the best cover song music video blog in the world! After I wrote my review of Mudcrutch for last night’s Weekend Review (written while sitting in my car in the Panera parking lot after they had closed but hadn’t turned off the wireless), I considered recording another Mudcrutch cover (in addition to my take on “Scare Easy”) to atone for my lukewarm review. I really do love Tom Petty and want to love Mudcrutch, but —
Well, you should go back and read the actual review.
Instead, I decided to dig into the recent posthumous Johnny Cash album. American VI: Ain’t No Grave is an excellent final chapter in Cash’s legendary catalog. The songs are nothing surprising and are certainly in keeping with the tone of the other five, but the selections and the performances are all just right. This track, “1 Corinthians 15:55,” is one of Cash’s final original compositions and, as you may have guessed, is based on the scripture referenced in the title. I found chords and lyrics rather easily on the web, but – not surprisingly – I found that they were a bit off. For one thing, the chords were more complicated than they needed to be for the average acoustic guitar player. I speak from experience here. Also, the lyrics were a few words off here and there. So, I did what I love to do – I sat in front of the speakers, typed out the lyrics, replayed it to transcribe the chords and mark the changes in the proper places, and posted it all for your non-profit enjoyment.
My post will be somewhat abbreviated tonight, as I’m only minutes away from beginning an exciting evening of friends, fast food, and TNA wrestling fun. Tonight is the first TNA Impact! scheduled for a regular weekly live Monday night slot. This is big news for this show and is hopefully a sign of great, exciting things to come in the future. Best of all, wrestling is an evening of entertainment and relaxation with one of my dearest friends and one of my favorite restaurant locales!
So, that’s it for tonight. I hope you enjoy my take on this contemporary Cash song, and be sure to hurry back for more new acoustic cover song music videos to come – a Laptop Session tomorrow and a Guest Session on Friday. Also, since I feel bad about cutting this short, you never know what I’ll whip up for your post-reading pleasure as the week goes on…