Back again with another edition of the Laptop Sessions!
This time I finally get to do a Moody Blues song. I just got the urge to do this one yesterday, so it gets first billing. It’s not my favorite of theirs, but it does remind me of listening to it while riding in the car when I was little.
I think it’s got a great beat and a cool chorus (especially how they do the drums in concert), but my father thinks it sounds a bit too much like “Dragging the Line” by Tommy James. I have to agree.
Anyway, this is the first of MANY Moodies songs to come, so stay tuned!
Tonight, I give you a song from another band we haven’t done yet, “The Cars”.
Now, I always thought that “Just What I Needed” was their biggest hit, but this song, “Drive”, was actually a #3 hit on Billboard pop charts, their highest charting song.
I love this song- it’s the quintessential 80s ballad. The chord progression is great and it’s sung from such a youthful point of view. I mean, the chivalry of driving someone home just doesn’t exist now. And, it’s only been about 20 years!
Another interesting point about this tune is that it was written by the keyboardist for the band, Greg Hawkes. And, the song is originally sung by the bassist, Benjamin Orr. You would expect their biggest hit to go to Ric Ocasek, but that’s the way things go. I always thought that it wasn’t fair that the Doobie Brothers main original guy, Tom Johnston, never got a #1 hit. But, another member, Pat Simmons, did with “Black Water”. And, years later, Michael McDonald did with “What A Fool Believes”.
Well, I hope you enjoy tonight’s Session and make sure to come back tomorrow for Chris’ Session!
Hello all, and welcome to another edition of the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog! It’s me, Jim Fusco, back here again with another cover song video.
This one is from one of my favorite albums ever- “Cloud 9” by George Harrison. I think I’ve mentioned it before, but something about the albums from this late-80s period is just so great to me. It’s probably because I grew up listening to them and it’s nice to think of a time I was alive AND people like George Harrison were still really popular. Plus, I think listening to rock music at such an early age (I was three years old when “Cloud Nine” came out) like this really sticks with you. There have been some songs that I heard back in the late 80s and I haven’t really listened to since. When I finally hear them again, somehow I know all the words! It’s really incredible to think that those lyrics stuck with me over all those years and that I learned them when I was so young. I guess that’s why they try to teach a second language to kids that are under ten years old- it really does stay with you! Of course, instead of a foreign language, I learned a ton of rock music lyrics.
For my iTunes, I have a song rating system I devised. Basically, it’s a way of sorting through all of my music and categorizing the ones I truly love. It also helps me weed-out all the songs I don’t like but have in my music library just to complete an album. Anyway, my 5-star songs are my favorite songs of all time- these are the classics like “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys and “You Just May Be the One” by the Monkees that I just can’t live without. The next category down, 4-stars, is for songs that, when they come on, I say to myself, “Oh man, I love this song.” This category is reserved for songs that make my eyes widen and my ears perk up as soon as the first chords kick in. “This Is Love” by George Harrison is one of those songs. As soon as the song starts, you’re hooked in- the great chord progression and the wonderful late-80s guitar sound get me every time. I can only hope that my acoustic cover song version I’ve done here for the music video blog does the song justice.
This song, “This Is Love”, is a classic. It’s got that unmistakable George Harrison sound. If you don’t know it, get ready to have a new favorite song, because this song has a great melody and, of course, great chords and style- George all the way! Of course, there will be many more George Harrison songs done here for the music blog in the future. I recently got into listening to all of his solo albums and was blown-away…no pun to another George Harrison song… In the meantime, I hope you enjoy today’s video and will come back for more great cover songs from The Laptop Sessions music blog!
Welcome, welcome to yet another edition of Jim Fusco Tuesdays here on the best music video blog ever created.
Now, I’m sure you’ve been wondering why week after week I write, “Welcome, welcome” to begin my posts here on the music blog. Well, it’s the famous opening to Groucho Marx’s show, “You Bet Your Life.” “Welcome, welcome to You Bet Your Life. Say the secret word and the bird will come down and give you a hundred dollars.” So, that’s the story!
Tonight, I bring to you another one-hit-wonder group with a Number One single on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in 1987. “(I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight” was a Number 1 for two weeks and it’s a really “eighties” sounding song. So, what was my response? To make an acoustic cover version of the song. These videos tend to be my most popular. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.
I’ll admit that before tonight, I only really knew the chorus to this song. I then got the song and listened to it about 15 times (the people next door must’ve thought I was in some sort of a mood tonight. But, then again, I do live with 24-hours-a-day-music-Moore…). It really is a great song, after all. I’m always a sucker for over the top eighties production, and this song has a great guitar solo both in the middle and especially at the end.
My version has a bit of a uniqueness to it, as I made my own version of the opening synth part on acoustic guitar. It’s nothing special, but I really like the sound. It definitely beats just strumming it and letting your imagination fill in the gaps.
It’s late now and Dana is really keeping me awake over here with stories, etc. I’m not complaining- we always have a good time down in the new computer room. It’s funny- I never spent much time down here until I got the new computer.
My trip this weekend was a lot of fun. We went up to Lake Champlain and stayed at the Hilton in Burlington, VT. We wen to Ben & Jerry’s factory, sampled Cabot cheese, and got candy and fudge from the Lake Champlain chocolate factory. We also got to walk around the wonderful Church Street market, where we had a ton of great food and went to some pretty cool shops. I’d love to live near a place like that. Our hotel had an indoor pool, which was nice, especially during the winter in Vermont.
Plus, on Friday, right before I left, I was greeted at home with the painting of the album cover to “Halfway There”, my new album! It’s officially nearing completion now and the cover went a long way. I’ll be revealing it online soon! The painting is amazing. It was done by a great young artist named Ben Quesnel. In exchange, I’m making him a website, and after the job he did, I’m really gonna make a great site for him. This album cover really takes my production to a new level!
Okay, off to bed- a very busy week this week. Everyone has the week off from school (I’m constantly surrounded by teachers), so everyone thinks that they can just start hanging out and taking more of my time than usual. I usually don’t mind, but honestly, there’s just too much to do to fit everything in. Until next Tuesday, have a great week and enjoy tonight’s Laptop Session!