Cover of “Up from Under” by the Wallflowers. I did this with a freeware webcam recorder – sorry about that… Thus the audio and video are kinda crappy, plus that annoying watermark. But the vocals/guitar is all me, just a bit delayed.
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Ladies and gentlemen, let’s extend a warm welcome to the latest addition to the Guest Sessions team of performers… Ryan!
Ryan’s choice is an excellent one for an acoustic cover song. In fact, after all the Breach covers that Jeff Copperthite and I have done over the years (“Sleepwalker,” “Hand Me Down,” “I’ve Been Delivered”), we’ve somehow managed to miss this little gem. Breach really is an underrated album with a wide selection of beautiful songs, and Dylan and company strike a perfect balance between electric and acoustic work.
As Ryan points out above, the quality lags a bit on this music video. Still, I think you’ll find it to be a solid, faithful cover version with some great fingerpicking. He’s been watching the Laptop Sessions for some time, and I’m proud to welcome him to the blog via this performance. Seeing as how we were less than ten days away from the one year anniversary of our last Wallflowers post (Jeff’s February 27, 2009 cover of “I’ve Been Delivered”), we thank Ryan for sending this in just in time…
Here’s to many more great cover song music videos!
Welcome to Thumpin’ Thursday! I’ve returned with a classic band that I’m very used to covering – The Wallflowers!
Fronted by Jakob Dylan, this band has been around for what seems to be nearly 20 years and has always seemed to impress me in the variety of music they have written and recorded. There are songs for nearly every mood you can think of, and I have always been able to put this band on the Ipod (Yeah, i’ve got one now – review will be coming in the next week or two) regardless of my mood.
The song I have selected tonight is called “I’ve Been Delivered” from (Breach). This song is unique in that there is no bridge, and the song follows the unconventional chord progression/pattern of verse chorus rinse repeat. Naturally, like a lot of The Dylan family’s lyrics, the lyrics do not repeat.
I am very close to the 93K mark as of this evening, and I estimate that in two weeks I will tell y0u that I have joined the 6 digit club.
And tomorrow is my wife’s birthday. Only those who know me and her know how old she will be. But I won’t say it here.
Enjoy our latest cover video, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s guest session. I can’t wait to see who it is and what they’re covering!
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!
Hello and welcome to yet another all-new acoustic rock cover song from the best cover music video blog on the Internet! Although last week was fun for me — I played covers from the Counting Crows and Jimi Hendrix, which were both a lot of fun to learn and play — but this week promises to be even better. Not only is it my turn for an Original Wednesday (when we songwriters here at the music blog break out one of our original songs), but I’m starting out the week with a song from one of my all-time favorite bands, the Wallflowers.
Which brings me to today’s video. This is “Letters From the Wasteland” from the Wallflowers’ Breach album, which was released in 2000. I was actually listening to my iPod on random earlier today when this song came up. I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t already done a session of it, and I figured that Jeff might take it if I didn’t jump on it soon. In fact, Jeff is another reason I chose to record the song. He just recently recorded “Some Flowers Bloom Dead,” another great song from Breach. I love that song, too, but I’ve always been taken by “Letters.” There’s something really dark and powerful about it, and I absolutely love the drum beat and the guitar sounds.
Interestingly enough, at least for an English teacher like myself, is that the title of this song is reminiscent of T.S. Eliot’s famous poem, “The Waste Land.” I always wondered if Jakob Dylan intended any sort of reference, but there is a key clue that makes me believe he didn’t. Namely, the Eliot poem spells it as two words — Waste Land — whereas the Wallflowers song spells it as one — Wasteland. This may seem like a minor detail, but you’d think that Dylan, being as careful about his wording and his songwriting as he says he is, would have picked up on such a detail. It would honestly be one of the questions I would ask him if I ever met him…
That being said about the background information regarding the actual song, I have to say a bit about my night surrounding this music video. What a night! First, I’ve been hit with allergies pretty bad the past couple days, and even though I started taking allergy medication again, it hasn’t quite kicked in. Thus, my voice wasn’t exactly angelic to begin with tonight. Then, I kept recording takes of the song that I wasn’t really thrilled with, so by my tenth take or so (including brief false starts) I was dragging. My throat was pretty sore. After taking a break to watch the Mets a bit, I went back downstairs and ten or so minutes later, I had a take that I was pretty happy with. So, I went upstairs from the studio to render my video and post it…
…only to find that the last ten seconds of the recording were all audio static!!
This was devastating to me at the time and some words and phrases slipped out that I shouldn’t repeat on a family-friendly blog. (Well, as a quick tangent, a family friendly blog directory actually removed us from their listing a few months ago, so maybe we’ve crossed the line already…) But, anyway, Jim swooped in and, being the computer deity that he is, spliced and salvaged my take by using footage from previous takes. Amazing. Even though I now owe him lunch or dinner or a drink or really any sort of food/beverage outing that he chooses, it was well worth it! I didn’t mentally or physically have it in me to either record yet another take or to settle for a previous one.
And this brings us to the actual video. I hope you enjoy “Letters From the Wasteland” and I hope you hurry back tomorrow for a new acoustic rock cover from our resident Wallflowers expert, Jeff Copperthite. You’ll never know what song is up his sleeve unless you check back tomorrow…
Welcome to your Monday Night Football….er, edition of The Laptop Sessions! It’s the man, myth, and legend Jeff Copperthite tonight with your latest acoustic cover video for the series. I hope this song is familiar to you, because it is a good one.
The song is another one from The Wallflowers called “Some Flowers Bloom Dead” from their album “(Breach)”. I think the album as a whole is one of the most underrated of their albums. It has some really awesome tunes on it and I know that my friend Rory would belt out the tracklisting in order. I’d put down $40 that he could do it. Before session-a-day ends in a mere 4 months and 13 days (almost 2/3 done), I will do another song from this album called “Murder 101” because I think the tune is that good.
You may notice I enjoy covering this band a lot. It has something to do with the fact I haven’t had to filter many (if any) negative comments about ANY of their covers here or on Youtube. Maybe my singing style is similar to Jakob Dylan, or you can tell that I’m a huge fan when you watch me play their tunes. Regardless, I love bringing you more videos of their songs. However, I had to include a little text after my title in the video. I must admit that I was getting a little tired in this recording session. I’m have to sit down and record some videos this week so this doesn’t happen in the future. My guitar playing isn’t as clean as usual, but I was trying my hardest to not ruin another take. I don’t think I’m a perfectionist, but when it comes to recording these videos, sometimes I just have to relax and just play the song.
Terrific Tuesday is next, and Jim Fusco is on deck for that. I hope you checked out his video from Saturday. What a great, great video and great song. You’re really missing out if you haven’t seen it. Here, I’ll even give you the direct link: Ben Folds “Time”.
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!