“That Was Then, This Is Now” (Monkees Cover)

Originally posted 2008-06-14 15:59:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Jim Fusco:

Welcome to your Saturday dose of The Laptop Sessions, brought to you by me, Jim Fusco!

Today, I’m doing a fairly-unknown song that’s technically only by Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork, but billed as the Monkees. This song was on their first greatest hits CD in the late eighties and actually continues to make appearances on “Best Of” albums. I love this song and I’ve known it for many years now. Actually, the Monkees were my favorite band before I found out about the Beach Boys. I LOVED that Monkees Greatest Hits CD when I was like 4, and I find that I still love all the songs today.

They didn’t write this song, but in a few weeks, I’ll be putting another Monkees song that they did write (by Michael Nesmith) on http://laptopsessions.com .

We also did a radio show on our free internet radio station, WCJM Internet Radio at http://wcjm.com , called the “That Was Then, This Is Now” Show. This show not only featured this song, but also featured songs (and comedy skits) that give a look at bands both then and now.

I think this Session may fall under the same category that my most famous, “I’m So Lonely”, video falls under: the over-produced and way-too-eighties-sounding songs that I took and made into an acoustic song. These versions always tend to come out the best because you can just LISTEN to the real song and cut through the production.

That’s why I’m always a big fan of people that use production to make the song the best it can sound, but not just “make” the song. That’s why Brian Wilson is so great: he wrote (and writes) great songs, then uses the production to make them shine even better. But, they’d still be great songs without all the instrumentation, which is what I try to prove with these cover songs on the Laptop Sessions.

On a slightly different note, I think it’s obvious by now that we’re doing all of these cover songs because we’re songwriters and the only way we can think of people showing interest in our original music is to play other people’s songs right along with it. I figure, if you like the same songs I like and I write similar songs to the songs I like (in general, of course), you’ll like my music by the transitive property!

With that said, I hope you’re checking out our weekly “Original Wednesday” songs and going to my original music website at jimfusco.com. We have some pretty great stuff- we’re not looking to make a fortune, although we are looking for people to pay….attention!!

Thanks for watching today’s Laptop Session and stay tuned for Chris’ new song tomorrow!

“Your Love” (The Outfield Cover)

Originally posted 2008-11-07 23:43:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Jeff Copperthite:

Welcome to a fun Friday edition of the Sessions.  I’ve got a song going out by request of Ninja Don.  And we can all thank him that a new band has arrived to our long list of videos.

Before I write my “official” post, I just want to pause to reflect on what we have accomplished this year.  Between the three of us, we have nearly 250,000 views on Youtube, our site visits continue to get more frequent, and all three of us have some notoriety (be it positive or negative) in our respective workplaces, neighborhoods, and with our friends.  Between the three of us, we have over 300 videos (perhaps over 400, but over 300 from this year alone) that continue to attract viewers to the site.  But as Jim mentioned in a earlier post, I look forward to the time next year when our day to post will be a complete enjoyment, rather than a “I have to get my video up because it’s my day to do so” event.

Well, anyway, I’ve got a song that was a hit in 1985, reaching 6 on the Billboard charts.  This song is from a British Pop/Rock band called The Outfield.  Their 1985 album was called “Play Deep”, and the song I am covering is called “Your Love”.  As mentioned, this song is going out by request, because at some point every morning during 1st Period Prep, Don just has to break this tune out.

I just hope he doesn’t start breaking out MY version instead.

Well, if he did, then that means he likes it.

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t really like to talk politics all that much.  I, however, have been following the ongoing discussion that is taking place on Jim’s video from Wednesday.  I am not going to offer my thoughts or feelings on it simply because that’s not a good topic of conversation for me.  However, that being said, I am very hopeful that the President-elect will live up to his billing – both from him and his supporters.

I hope that you enjoy today’s cover song, and come back tomorrow for Jim’s next awesome cover song – as we continue around turn 4 to the finish line for Session-A-Day ’08!

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!

“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!

“I Know A Girl” (Mike Fusco Original Song)

Originally posted 2008-08-27 20:35:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Hey there!  Well, it’s Original Wednesday, and Original-ly this post should have been Jeff!  But he was nice enough to call me and offer the spot to get back on blogging.  So, out from the bullpen I come, (hopefully more effectively than the Mets bullpen!) with this original acoustic laptop session for you to enjoy.  I remember everything about writing this song- I remember being embarassed by the oddity of the tune.  But, as some of you may know, songs come to me.  So I don’t really have control of the style or genre or tune…and most of the time the words!  It hits me like a sack of bricks.  So what you get are raw and honest tunes, with simple lines that end up being my favorite.

This song has a spanish-feel to it, and the middle where chords ring out is very Dennis Wilson sounding.  Some of my favorite lines are “She’s easy to love, and you can bet she’s so good lookin’…but in this case there’s more than meets the eye…”  All of these words were auto-biographical, and you can hear it in the lyrics, like you’re a fly on the wall for these interactions- “And sometimes when I look in your eyes, I see confusion”…  “When she sits across from me”…”Sometimes when I sleep, your eyes- they look so deep,..and in them I can see nothing but love”.

It was about the stress of romance and the meaning of dreams (where this song was written) and how during the day, facades can be put on, but at night, your conscience isnt always there to protect you from talking in your sleep.  One of my favorite lyrics, in its simplicity, is “And somehow I know that I’ll never stop loving you”.  The last verse, after a pause- was a joke in music form… when people think it ends, I hop in saying I wasn’t through speaking (hope i got you on it!)  I remember playing it for Jim when it was recorded, saying “Wanna hear this stupid, weird song I just did?” and when he finished listening to it, he kept the headphones on and said, “Are you kidding me?  Are you kidding me?…that’s the best song you’ve ever written” =)

oh jim, this is for you… you’ll be the only one that gets it.

3 = ooO