“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (U2 Cover)

Originally posted 2008-05-02 21:02:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Jeff Copperthite:

Welcome to Friday’s edition of #1 week. Today I bring you a new band to the sessions, and another great #1 hit.

You must live under a rock if you don’t know the band U2. Off of their album “The Joshua Tree” is one of their only 2 U.S. #1 hits, which is competing for longest song title. Again, I had to take out a bunch of the spacing to get the title to fit in Youtube’s field.

The song “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” is a classic to me, since I have known it since I saw the music video as a kid. I loved the chorus and I think I annoyed my entire family running up and down the halls of the house. I have always enjoyed U2 for reasons such as Edge their guitarist, and Bono has an incredible range.

Speaking of Bono’s range, I originally recorded this session with me singing it an octave lower. However, I wasn’t happy with it. So I decided to sing it in the intended range. You can tell that some notes are hard to hit, but I feel that you will enjoy this performance more, despite the vocal difficulties I may appear to be having.

You will also notice my wife sitting in the background listening on the performance. She also selected the regular range video for you.

Tomorrow Jim will close out #1 week with another great #1 song. Be sure to come back tomorrow for that!

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!

“Bad Moon Rising” (Creedence Clearwater Revival Cover)

Originally posted 2008-10-12 17:21:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Jim Fusco:

Well, since Chris usurped my Thumpin’ Thursday (copyright Jeff Copperthite), it’s been some time since I posted.  Well, tonight, I hope to continue my trend of exciting new videos with this one here: ANOTHER “new” band to the Laptop Sessions in Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR).

Also, this is two songs in a row with three main chords to it.  This was another one-take job for me and I’m happy to bring a new band to the video blog that a) everyone knows and b) has a song everyone’s heard of.

I don’t have the unique vocal styling of the original going on in this video, but I stayed pretty true to the recording.  This song is pretty interesting.  If you don’t really listen to the words, it sounds like an upbeat song that you’d probably smile while singing.  But, listen to the words, and you’ll hear a very dark story about a man who really sees negativity in most things.  He sees hurricanes, lightning, rivers overflowing, and most importantly, a truly bad moon on the rise.  I guess it’s about looming negativity on the horizon.

I hope that doesn’t ruin the song for anyone, but then again, that is what the lyrics are saying.  I think it’s funny sometimes that record companies don’t even listen to lyrics and just choose singles based on their “sound”.  I can see where they’re coming from (from a business standpoint), but think that a little more care should go into the process than just listening for a good overall sound.

Enjoy your Super Sunday edition of the Laptop Sessions today.  This will be my last acoustic cover song until next Saturday, as I’ll be coming at you with an original tune on Wednesday.  I hope that you got to watch Jeff’s version of my song, “The More You Stay” this past Friday- he did a great job as always!  See you Wednesday and don’t forget to come back for your Columbus Day video tomorrow!



“Just A Dream” (Nelly Cover)

Originally posted 2010-11-12 10:30:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Pat Noonan:

My first impression of “Just A Dream” by Nelly was how big and full the hook sounded for such a ballad-ish song, so I wanted to try to really strip it down to just two tracks for an acoustic version, pretty much the opposite approach to covering “Just The Way You Are” last week (see YouTube). I ended up cutting some of the song out, slightly altering the melody/lyrics in some places, writing a fitting acoustic guitar part and changing some of the chords. The ending I did seemed appropriate because that’s actually the song that gets stuck in my head whenever I hear the Nelly song haha so I hope you like it; let me know what you think!

** EDITOR’S NOTE: **

It’s not every day that I check my inbox and find a link to an acoustic cover version of a Nelly song.

Well, it apparently happens sometimes, because I’m here to welcome back Pat Noonan for his second featured video on the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover song music video blog.  He’s chosen an interesting track to cover, and his performance highlights his impressive vocals. I have the strong suspicion that you’ll enjoy this as much as I did.

Happy Friday, and check back soon for new material here at the blog!

“Give” (Dishwalla Cover)

Originally posted 2008-02-23 12:34:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Jeff Copperthite:

What a great week this has been doing “New Bands Week”. To close it out, I have an obscure song that i’m not sure many will recognize.

The band I have dug out from the archives is Dishwalla, and their single “Give” from their debut album Pet Your Friends. You may recognize the band name from their single “Counting Blue Cars”. This was also a single, but received little airplay.

The song has a weird organ solo at the end that I didn’t attempt to play backing chords too, so I simply ended the song with the last line “What would you give?”. There are a few songs from this band that I know how to play, so you may see them again in the future.

Be sure to check out http://jimfusco.com tomorrow for my new album Greenlight. Jim has been hard at work getting everything all set for its release, and I can’t wait to give you an opportunity to hear it! Until then, enjoy today’s Laptop Session and check back tomorrow for that and a brand new session from the Fuscinator himself.

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 origianal 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!