Welcome to your Friday edition of the Laptop Sessions with me, Jim Fusco!
Today, I’m doing a great tune written by Neil Diamond, but performed by the Monkees, “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You”. Not only does this song have a great message (like “it’s not all my fault, but SOME of it is”), but has a catchy tune and chord progression.
Actually, it’s that classic 3-chord Neil Diamond style, just shifted up a few frets on a capo.
I hope you like my whistling solo in the middle there!
BIG things are happening at Fusco-Moore Productions and I hope you’ll visit the blog (and our newly completed other suite of websites) today!
Tonight’s video blog entry is from yet another “new” band to the Laptop Sessions: The Grass Roots.
Chris and I have loved this song since my mini-obsession with it back in mid-high school. For some reason, we equated someone I had a crush on to this song. It was when I was first learning piano and learned how to play this song, which I was pretty impressed with.
I actually got to see the Grass Roots in concert a few years ago at the North Haven Fair here in CT. Actually, I’ve seen a lot of great bands there, including America and Herman’s Hermits. I always love getting to see a show there- you get to see some great acts and it’s just part of the general admission. During my schooling years, the North Haven Fair was truly the only good thing about September.
This song, “Temptation Eyes”, is a bit “campy”, but I still love it and think it’s got a great tune. It’s always a candidate for getting stuck in my head at a moment’s notice.
I hope you enjoy tonight’s Laptop Session here on the Fusco-Moore Productions music video blog. We’re happy to have all of you new fans here to listen to us! Also, if you have an iPhone (like Chris and I sport), you’ll be happy to know that all of our videos will play on it! Before, there was no option to play videos from the Laptop Sessions page. But now, it shows a still of the video and a play button over it. Tap the play button and the YouTube player will come up, letting you watch the video. Plus, if you add us to your iPhone web clip home screen, you’ll see our great new Laptop Sessions iPhone logo!
Here on the Laptop Sessions, I give you my favorite song of all time: “I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better” by the Byrds. Gene Clark, the writer of this song, wrote MANY great songs over his career, and you’ll be hearing a lot of them on the Laptop Sessions in the months to come. But, this song is just PERFECT to me, and here’s why:
It’s got everything I love in a song. It’s got a great guitar sound (courtesy of Roger (Jim) McGuinn), a cool riff, great words, chorus harmonies, and a killer jangly guitar solo. I love everything about this tune and hopefully I’ve done this song justice.
Of course, in order for me to give the song the respect it deserves, I recruited Chris Moore ( http://www.youtube.com/user/chrismooremusic ) to help me with harmonies and rhythm guitar.
So, I hope everyone enjoys this version. I’ll be playing one of my other favorite songs in the next couple weeks, so stay tuned!