Welcome to Day 2 of Jim Fusco’s Rock’n’Roll Christmas! I think you’ll all agree that getting a brand-new recording of a Christmas song you can download for FREE is MUCH better than getting a couple of turtle doves. I mean, what do you even feed those things??
Today’s song is a unique one- it’s a cover of Mavis Staples’ “Christmas Vacation” that she recorded for the movie, “Christmas Vacation”, one of the absolute classics. In fact, we just had our yearly watching of this movie the other night with our friends Bob and Sue. Of course I have the high-definition Blu-Ray version. I just had to see Clark Griswold fall off that ladder in glorious HD!
I actually noticed that Mavis Staples sings a different final verse in the version that begins the movie. I chose to go with the version from the soundtrack, which is the one I’ve been listening to for about ten years now. Over at WCJM Free Internet Radio, we actually named our final Christmas show after the movie and featured this song!
I hope you enjoy tonight’s song. I think I did a pretty good job of recreating the sound without going too late-80s (like the original). This was a fun one to do and really stretched out my vocal chords. And you KNOW I did it in the original key. Take care, everyone, and come back tomorrow for Day 3!
Let’s pretend for a moment that it’s still Friday night, shall we?
Day 13 is here and I’ve got my last Christmas cover song for you! It’s a tune I’ve been singing to my 4-month old son since he was born. For some reason, I got it in my head that he would like it, so I started singing it to him. Now, it seems like he recognizes it and likes to hear it. So, I may sing it year-round!
“Santa’s Beard” by the Beach Boys is one of those songs you’ve probably heard in passing here and there over the years. It’s a cute tune and I really like the vocals, as always. This ended up being one of the hardest songs to record because of the awesome walking bass line in it. What a project! It really took me a long time to get that down, but now that I did, it’s pretty spot-on to the original, if I do say so myself.
Enjoy “Santa’s Beard” and remember to download all of the rest of the Christmas songs. I’ll be back shortly with the last song in Jim Fusco’s 14 Days of Rock’n’Roll Christmas 2015!
It’s Day 9 here on the 14 Days of Rock’n’Roll Christmas 2015 on the Laptop Sessions music blog! Tonight, I bring you a song that you probably haven’t heard of before. But, that’s okay- as George Carlin said, “When are gonna write some more Christmas songs?”
Today’s song is “Bethlehem”, originally done by the band Chicago. They actually came out with three Christmas albums! I guess they really got into putting that “Chicago sound” onto the holiday classics. But, there were a couple of originals and “Bethlehem” is a really cool tune. It has an interesting beat and some difficult chord changes. The chords themselves are easy ones, but they change very quickly.
The overall sound was a difficult one to get down. My version doesn’t sound exactly like the original, but then again, you haven’t heard the original, so who’s to call me on it?
I hope you like this song- give it a chance! It’s free to download, so it’s not taking much of a chance. I’ll see you tomorrow for Day 10!
I’m sooooo tired. No, I’m not quoting a classic Beatles tune- I’m really freakin’ exhausted! Something about driving an hour to the Buckland Hills mall, shopping, eating a TON at Red Robin, and driving an hour back just makes me so tired. Then, I realized it was my night for a cover song music video. It always works that way. My way of dealing with it? Honk the horn while driving down I-84.
As we gear up for yet another winter storm here in CT, I find myself really ready for Christmas, and just in time. Today, we dug ourselves out of the snow and I went to my parents’ house for a party with my father’s cousins- a yearly tradition. It was so nice, especially because Mike was there. Felt like old times. Mike and I would attempt to fit in with the older crowd, but eventually would just run downstairs and play with our Hess trucks, which we would get each year. Today, we got pizza from Fratelli’s in Wallingford. My parents had never eaten there before, but I tried it at work and loved it. So, I put my recommendation out there, and thankfully, everyone loved it.
I then went to do a video job (maybe THAT’S why I’m so tired) at the New Haven Lawn Club. It was a nice Jewish wedding. I only had to do the ceremony, but got paid for a whole job. And a few days before Christmas, that’s always a welcome thing. Chris, Dana, and I went on our trek (see above) after I got home, and that brings us to my cover song music video for tonight.
I’ve known “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” my whole life. I always found it interesting that my father said this song wasn’t really a big Christmas “hit” until after John Lennon died. Just like George Harrison’s music- the man’s albums went on being obscure and not available on CD until AFTER he died. Hey, at least they’re out now. Dennis Wilson is the perfect example of this phenomenon, except it took everyone about 25 years to re-release something after his death. And he was the most talented of them all.
I dedicate this song to my boss, Steve Mirabella, who suggested I do this for the Laptop Sessions. It’s so rewarding to find someone who cares about and loves music as much as I do and is actually interested in these cover songs music videos we do on a daily basis here. And yes, Steve, I found a much less annoying way of handling the Yoko Ono parts, so the song sounds much less….well, you know…than the original.
I hope you all enjoy this great Christmas song and heed its words- Christmas is a time for EVERYONE and it will come no matter the wars, hardships, unreasonable hatred, etc. It’s good to know that there’s an anchor in our lives like that. It allows me to keep traditions going and that makes me incredibly happy. I’ll see you back here again on Tuesday for another great Laptop Session! Oh, and tonight is my 150th music video, and here’s to 150 more!