Acoustic cover of “Tomorrow Never Knows,” from Bruce Springsteen’s Working On A Dream album (2009).
** EDITOR’S NOTE: **
Tonight, I’m happy to add another cover song from Federico. This time around, he’s picked a beautiful little gem from Bruce Springsteen’s latest album. “Tomorrow Never Knows” may conjure memories of the classic Beatles tune of the same name, but it’s an entirely different track, believe me. If you’ve heard the original, then you know that this is an excellent choice for an acoustic cover song.
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Hello and welcome to a brand new week. Thanks for spending a little bit of it here on the Laptop Sessions music video blog with the latest edition of “Chris Moore Monday.” No one understands the pressure I’m under! I mean, there’s a lot riding on this video — if I’m good, I’m helping your week get off on the right foot. If I’m not so good, then… Well, let’s not even consider that option.
For tonight’s selection, I’m doing something that I’ve only done once before…
…make an enjoyable recording! No, I’m just kidding. (Not about the “enjoyable” part, I hope…)
This is only the second time that I’ve recorded a song by not only one but two artists whose work I’ve never played before. Tonight’s subjects? U2 and B.B. King. (Jeff has already recorded U2, but B.B. King is a new addition to the blog.) Why, you may ask? Well, the big “New Music Tuesday” release of tomorrow, March 3rd, is No Line on the Horizon, U2’s first new studio album in five years. It’s already making waves, having received a five-star rating from Rolling Stone magazine. Now, I’m not often one to agree with Rolling Stone, but I am very curious about this album. After all, Rolling Stone has never given U2 the five star salute. Bono and company have come close, earning 4.5 stars for 1991’s Achtung, Baby, but this is the first time they’ve received 5 stars for an original studio release.
To be fair, this isn’t their first 5 out of 5 star experience — the band’s re-release of The Joshua Tree was granted 5 stars. I just listened to that album last night for the first time, and although I wouldn’t give it five stars, I very much enjoyed it. The first three tracks are a veritable U2 greatest hits, and there are several deep cuts that are great songs.
So, tomorrow is a new music Tuesday to look forward to. To hold you over, I’ve gone back into the U2 catalog and hauled out an oldie but goodie. “When Love Comes to Town” was originally released in 1988 on Rattle and Hum (a title that is taken from lyrics in the song “Bullet the Blue Sky,” from The Joshua Tree). This is a song I have always loved — there’s such an energy between Bono and King’s vocals and the addition of King’s guitar to the instrumental mix. I have always felt that the song had a timeless feel, and I would have loved to hear someone like Johnny Cash record a version of it. So, for my cover song music video version tonight, I’ve slowed it down a bit and taken it down an octave (which is convenient, since my vocal chords are no match for Bono’s typical soaring range!).
Just like I thought, this song has such a classic feel to it that it lends itself to a stripped-down acoustic arrangement. Still, my version is no match for the energy, emotion, and rocking presence of the studio version! (And I can’t quite figure out what “catch that flame” means… I sing “catch that plane,” which is what I’ve always thought he said, but the official U2 lyrics page says “flame.” Oh, well…)
I hope you enjoy this U2 cover, and I hope it tides you over until tomorrow’s release of No Line on the Horizon. Until then and until an all-new Jim Fusco Tuesday…
Well, as promised, I’m back with your Wednesday edition of Jim Fusco Tuesdays! Don’t understand that? Then you should be visiting the blog more often! Tuesdays are my usual day to post, but unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera last night, so I had to put-off doing the video until today. I also recorded another video for next week that you’re going to LOVE. It’s from a guy you probably haven’t heard of, but he’s new to the blog and he’s a well-respected musician. I guess you’ll have to wait in suspense until then!
I can’t believe it- this blog has been up for well over two years and there hasn’t been a Grateful Dead song done yet! Late last year, I decided that I wanted to learn more about the Grateful Dead. Back in high school and early college, I used to work at the now defunct Cheshire Video and Disc (a local video store). I used to work with this hippy girl named Karen. She was cool- we used to work on Sunday mornings together and always had a nice time. She used to play this Grateful Dead VHS tape during our shift every week. It was from the 80’s. It was a trippy kind of concert- crazy 80’s video effects and extended drum solos. But, I really enjoyed the songs.
Fast-forward about seven years to the present-day. I finally got my Grateful Dead “Best Of” for Christmas from my mother in law and I was so excited to play it for the first time. My boss had re-ignited my interest for the band, as he put a few of their songs on a mix CD for me. So, I got the CD and played it at work for the first time. I LOVED IT!!
It’s 17 songs and, believe me, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better overall “Best Of”. It has all of my favorite elements: harmonies, good guitar, everyone plays their own instruments, and (my personal favorite) multiple band members writing songs!! Actually, my favorite song on the whole “Best Of” CD (which I will definitely cover in the future) is “Box Of Rain”, written by bassist Phil Lesh. (On another note, I hear he and former Dead member Bob Weir are now touring as “Furthur”, but the show in my hometown of Wallingford, CT is SOLD OUT! Grrr….)
Anyway, there are so many great songs on this disc- from the ones you’ve heard of (and probably didn’t know they did them) like “Truckin'”, “Casey Jones”, and “Touch of Grey” to the ones that you haven’t heard of yet, this is a top-to-bottom rare “Best Of” find. The last times I felt this great about a “Best Of” was when I purchased the America and Doobie Brothers’ discs. So, what I’m saying is, if you haven’t purchased the Grateful Dead “Best Of” (the one with 17 tracks- NOT the cheap 10-track version), then you should really give it a try.
Tonight’s song is “Friend of the Devil”. At first, this wasn’t one of my favorites, but it’s catchy and the story is pretty cool, so it grew on me quickly. I love singing it in that Jerry Garcia drawl. Plus, this was an easy one to convert to acoustic. Most of their songs aren’t so easy because of their great harmonies. I’ve wanted to do so many of their songs, but it just won’t sound right without someone else singing with me (who knows the song really well, too).
So, whatever idea you had of the Dead (I thought it was just a stupid stoner band that jammed nonsensical songs for hours on end…which may be true for the live sets, as I’ve heard), throw it away! They’re a tight band that last quite a while and came up with some great songs. And now I’m even more excited that I can build my vinyl record collection with some of their interesting albums, such as their lone 60’s record (from 1967, which I’m INCREDIBLY interested in hearing) and their all-time classic from 1970, American Beauty.
Enjoy tonight’s LSHD video and make sure to come back next week for my newest obsession in music!
Okay, picture this- a website with nothing but great songs that feature…the kazoo! Now picture the name of the site: KazooTube! It’s perfect- I’ll go trademark it.
Tonight, I bring you yet another song with a kazoo solo (featuring the hand of one Chris Moore). This tune is none other than Del Shannon’s classic hit, “Runaway”. Even if you’ve been living under a rock for the past 50 years and don’t know this song, you may yet have heard of it. Remember the Tom Petty classic song “Runnin’ Down A Dream”? Well, a line in that song is, “Me and Del were singin’ Little Runaway, I was drivin’.” I guess Del and Petty were friends during the last few years of Shannon’s life.
I was just reading about Del Shannon- what a sad story! His only really big hit song was “Runaway” and that went all the way to Number One in 1961. It was his first single! Then, he had a few more years of mediocrity before falling off the charts completely. After that, he produced, etc. Then, in 1990, after a long battle with alcoholism and prescription drugs, he shot himself. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it! I mean, I knew he died relatively young (age 55), but I thought it was from an illness.
So, this video turns into a tribute of sorts. Even though he died 18 years ago, I just found out about it now, so it feels like a loss.
I don’t know what made me think of doing this song- I haven’t heard it in ages. But, it’s really a great one for me to do. It’s from an artist we haven’t done yet, it’s a great song, it allowed me to play a fairly dead-on solo, it’s got a great beat, and it’s got that oh-so catchy falsetto part that I love so dear. Any chance I get to sing in that register without being embarassed is a chance I want to take!
I hope you enjoy tonight’s video as I pinch-hit for an under-the-weather Jeff. I’ll be back tomorrow night, and then you won’t see me until next Thursday, as Jeff makes up for lost time. Tomorrow night, I think I’ll be back on the Christmas song train, as I’ll be recording another video when I get home from work. I hope to have Chris help me out on the song and his level of consciousness tomorrow night will determine whether you’ll be watching a solo performance or a duet. Until then, have a great Friday and see you in the evening for another great Laptop Sessions acoustic cover song music video!