By Jim Fusco:
Welcome, welcome to another edition of Jim Fusco Tuesdays here on the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog! Views have been increasing by leaps and bounds here on the blog, fueled by posts by Chris that were picked up by popular Bob Dylan sites in anticipation of his new album, “Together Through Life”. I’ll be picking that album up in a couple weeks when it comes out, but for now, I hope you’ll consider tiding-yourself over with my brand-new album, released just one week ago, “Halfway There”. I’m very proud of it and it’s been getting some great reviews.
Onto tonight’s music video- a cover version of Bruce Springsteen’s classic song, “Brilliant Disguise”. This is a simple, yet great, tune that actually took me a few weeks to perfect. The choruses are very similar each time, but have very important differences, so I had to practice when each one came in.
Funny story- when my brother Mike and I were growing up, we always thought he said, “Brick in disguise”. Of course, it probably didn’t help that our father would always sing, “Brick in the sky”. We were never quite sure whether he was messing up by accident or on purpose. I think the general consensus is that he just loves messing with us!
I love the recorded version of “Brilliant Disguise”- that perfect clean sound that starts off with the drums and then comes in with just the right amount of synthesizer and guitar. To me, this is what a great song should sound like. I love the chorus, too- not only the tune, but the words. That last time through the chorus, “You better look hard and look twice…” is so well-worded, it gets me every time. And, it’s true- with many people at many times in our lives, we have to ask ourselves whether we’re seeing the really person or just a “brilliant disguise”.
It’s been a long week- we finally got away for a night in Providence, RI (went to the Providence Place mall and saw “Monsters vs. Aliens” in 3-D) and had a very nice time. But, I had to do so much video work over the next three nights that it completely wiped-out any happiness I had built-up over that tiny vacation. I can’t wait to go again. Couple that with two incredibly busy and stressful days at work and you get, ‘All work and no play makes Jimmy a dull boy” syndrome. Hopefully the second half of the week will be a bit better- I hear we’re getting nicer weather and that just gives me more of an excuse to school Chris for the um-teenth time in baseball.
Have a great night and I’ll see you in a week’s time. Enjoy this Bruce Springsteen cover!