Good evening! Welcome to your Friday installment of The Laptop Sessions. I hope you are ready to celebrate a three-day weekend, and plan on seeing family, friends, and perhaps enjoy a nice cookout or two in the process.
Meanwhile, I get to bring to you one of my favorite songs. It’s Pearl Jam tonight with a song from their first album Ten. Track #5 is Black from that album and that is the song I bring to you tonight.
It has a great background electric guitar and Eddie Vedder sings a wonderful vocal melody in the entire song. Vedder is known to go in between styles back and forth and this song showcases that talent of his. From the soft verses to the emotional outro of the song, I attempt to emulate what Eddie can do. I think I do a good job, but then again i’m no Eddie Vedder. I’ll let you be the judge of that.
Also, this song translates wonderfully to acoustic guitar, and I substitute a minor change in the guitar part at the end of the song instead of the vocal “do do doo doo do do dooo” that the recording has. And as with all songs that fade out, I picked the chord that sounded best to end on and went with that.
I want to thank all of you for visiting, commenting, rating, and subscribing. This is among the sessions I am most proud of.
Stay tuned tomorrow for Jim’s latest session, then come Sunday we bring another special week of songs to you. You’ll have to check out Chris’s session on Sunday to find out just what that is!
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!
Tell me now, tell me true:
Of all the things I did to you, was this the one
That made you break?
F Gm F
Did I make my last mistake?
Only you can play the game,
Rope-a-dope and lay the blame.
Can’t you see my body shake?
‘Cause I made my last mistake…
I was out of line before,
Am Gm C
But this is so much more I know.
I don’t wanna be the king
Of every single living thing, just you.
And you can be my queen mama…
Separate towns, separate hearts;
Distant love from distant parts.
Every man plays the snake,
Bound to make his last mistake…
Solo over BRIDGE
Outro: F (X4) – F7
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Hello and welcome to another installment of “Chris Moore Monday.” It is my priviledge and responsibility to start off each week right, usually with a selection that is in “new music” news. I figure this is appropriate, since tomorrow is “New Music Tuesday” – what better role is there than to turn you on to great new music?
Okay, so tonight’s song is technically a week old…
Dan Auerbach is better known as one half of the blues rock music group the Black Keys. The band formed in Ohio in 2001, and in less than a decade, they have accumulated an impressive resume — including opening for Beck and Radiohead, playing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Show with David Letterman, and receiving accolades from Rolling Stone such as one of the “10 best acts of 2003.” Although the band has not broken up, this year has found Dan Auerbach making a name for himself by releasing his very first solo album titled Keep It Hid. I almost transcribed and played this, the title track, but I couldn’t resist “My Last Mistake,” the subsequent track. Auerbach might agree with this choice of songs to record and play, as he performed “My Last Mistake” on the Friday, February 13th episode of Conan O’Brien.
So, you may be wondering how I heard of this release. Well, aside from receiving a coupon for the first-week purchase in my favorite email each week — the Newbury Comics e-newsletter!! — I was tipped off to the release by someone who has his finger on the pulse of all things modern and alternative rock. (So, thank you again, Geoff!) He’s the same person who strongly suggested I check out the 2008 albums of Beck and Cold War Kids, both of which I would never have purchased on my own.
And I would have missed out!
Now, they’re not my favorite records of the year, by any means, but there are some killer songs that would have passed me by entirely. So, hopefully I’ll continue to receive new rock music insight from Newbury Comics, Geoff, and who knows who else!
Speaking of new music, I constructed a fairly impressive “Albums of 2008” iTunes playlist. It contains 341 songs, ranging from the Barenaked Ladies children’s album to Ben Folds’ album (which was certainly NOT kid-friendly!). I hadn’t really listened to the playlist since the New Year, but I just turned it on yesterday and fell in love with it again. I’m listening to it now, and even now, Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” just faded into Brian Wilson’s “Oxygen to the Brain.” Where else can you find that sort of variety?! I cling to my playlists and albums these days, as the popular media has only embraced an extremely small and profoundly unrepresentative sample of what modern rock music has to offer. Take the aforementioned Coldplay, an overrated and — until recently, in this writer’s opinion — mediocre band. Chris Martin and his band have received more Grammys than all of my favorite bands combined. No kidding! Meanwhile, Brian Wilson got a Rolling Stone article for his amazing 2008 album That Lucky Old Sun, and that was all. I understand that he is older and there perhaps isn’t a market for his music, but I find it sad that more people couldn’t have been exposed to the bright, brilliant, and uplifting rock tunes that pour forth from that album.
Enough ranting for one day’s post…
As a final note, I finally picked up and watched the Sam Jones documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. I had planned on watching it with Dana last night, but he hadn’t returned home, so I got ready to watch it alone. Then, Mike texted and sounded interested. So, before I knew it, Mike had arrived with apple juice and saltines (food for sick people — my personal choice is G2 and wheat toast!) and we cranked up the volume on the big screen. What a great documentary — not only is the filmography reminiscent of Don’t Look Back, but Jeff Tweedy is looking very Dylan-esque. Scruffy, bearing harmonica rack, singing poetic lyrics — what more could I ask for? Also, he seems like he would be a difficult guy to live and/or work with. But that being said, I like Jeff Tweedy a great deal, and it was really interesting to see him candidly in the studio. And thanks to Dana and Mike for making last night an event in and of itself — when Jim returns from vacation, I just may have to join them for their late night sessions that I miss so much since I’ve become an “old man” with a wakeup time of 5 or 5:30am…
And now to tie this ALL together…
Wilco switched to Nonesuch records after the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot fiasco (the situation filmed and described in I Am Trying to Break Your Heart), and Dan Auerbach is also on the Nonesuch label. So, as you see, it all comes full circle…
Don’t miss an all-new Jim Fusco Tuesday tomorrow. Until then…