Welcome to Day 10 of Jim Fusco’s 14 Days of Rock’n’Roll Christmas! I can finally breathe a sigh of relief, as I’ve officially finished the album. And only four days ahead of time! I had to re-record some parts and mix down the last couple of songs, but I’m finally done. Now, I can give my friends and family high quality versions on CD so they can import into their iTunes libraries.
Tonight’s song is another you probably haven’t heard of (don’t worry- this is the last one!), but it’s a really great song. It’s called “On Christmas Day” and is written by Brian Wilson. he recorded it and included it as a bonus track on his Christmas album from the mid-2000’s. I love the video of the band making this song- it’s so cool seeing it come together in the studio.
An interesting thing to me is that this song really was done back in the 70’s and was called “Bells of Paris”. Of course, the tune was slightly different, but it’s really the same song. I’d be interested to find out what came first- Brian’s Christmas lyrics or the ones about Paris. I know the Beach Boys had a failed Christmas album in the mid-70s and there’s actually a version called “Bells of Christmas” that replaces the lyrics with holiday-themed ones. But, the version Brian re-tooled that eventually became “On Christmas Day” is by far my favorite and that’s why I had to make my own version!
I hope you like the song as much as I do. Come back tomorrow (for a song you’ve heard of!) for Day 11 as we roll-on!
Good afternoon to you! Thank you for checking out today’s Laptop Session. I really am looking forward to your watching this session, as it is my third Eagles acoustic cover video. Today I bring you the awesome ballad “I Can’t Tell You Why” from their album “The Long Run”.
This song is among the few that are sung by bassist Timothy Schmit. His voice is very sweet and appropriate for this song. I feel I did a great job emulating his singing style, and I hope you agree. The guitar part I play is an adaptation of the synthesizer that is constant in the song.
Also, if you are wondering why i’m dressed up, it is because I went to a wedding today (and am going to a reception in a little while). I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Lisa & Tom Kapitan on their wedding today.
Thank you again for checking out today’s session. Your weekend has just started, and I know you will come back tomorrow to see what Jim has in store for us all. Until then…
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!
It’s just a hunka-hunka-burnin’-cover-song tonight on the Laptop Sessions!
Oh, yes, the Session-a-day project is winding down, but the energy still lives on in this acoustic cover song video, as I deliver one of my new favorite videos. I thought of doing this song a while ago, but never got around to it. Tonight, I needed something that would give me a “Sunday night spark”, as I’m usually pretty laid-back on Sunday nights.
This weekend was crazy. I had a work party on Friday (where I finally got to meet Dr. Perricone), came home and slept for three hours, woke up and went to see my good friend Matt Griffiths’ directing job on a one-act play at Southern Connecticut State University, went out to SBC Brewery for dinner with Becky and Danielle, came home and stayed up video editing (and hanging out with Chris and Dana) all the way till 7:30 am (!!!), waking up at 11:45 to go to our weekly “Luncho Marx” with my father at Burger King, driving down to my cousin Lou’s house in Branford to drop off my wedding video edits, coming back to do a bit of shopping, going to see “Quantum of Solace” (which was good) with Chris, leaving right from there to go to another Christmas party, came home to practice some Christmas songs and sleep, woke up to pack the car and drive an hour to another Christmas party (where I played Santa Claus and played Christmas songs with Chris and Becky), and finally came home after usual Sunday dinner at my parents’ house.
Yikes- what a sentance!
Anyway, I finally got a chance to sit down when I remembered that it was my night to post a cover song video here on the blog! And, since this blog is a true musical lifeline for me, I was all too happy to do it. This is almost my 150th music video and I’m so proud of the work we’ve done here on the best music video blog online!
Tonight’s song is an Elvis tune from the early 70s. I remember my father telling me that this song was an Elvis comeback of sorts because he returned to rock’n’roll after years of awful lounge-singing. I think The King’s story is truly one of most tragic in all of pop culture. He was the Britney Spears of his day. “Burning Love” was a huge hit, but sadly, this did not stop Elvis on his decline and he never came out with such a rockin’ single for the rest of his life.
I think the best part about this song is just how classic it sounds. He got the Jordanaires back to sing backup, the song has a great beat, and it really highlights Elvis letting loose on the vocals, especially at the end.
It’s also an incredibly easy song to play. If you can play D-G-A-Bm, you’re all set. Just husk-up that voice and get your best Elvis impression going. Actually, we recorded the performance today of Christmas song, so I may post it, depending on how good it came out. On that, I got to do a couple of Elvis Christmas songs, which have to be my all-time favorites. The only other contender is the Beach Boys Christmas album. Although, in the past few years, there have been some AMAZING Christmas offerings from the likes of Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Barenaked Ladies, America, and the Moody Blues. I cherish these albums as new classics every single year.
I’ll be back for an Original Wednesday that’s so good, it’s like “Your Secret Santa decided to ignore the spending limit but you didn’t and he’s not mad” good! Wow, I’m way too proud of that one right now- I’m laughing out loud.
Have a great night and we’ll see you back here after two amazing new Sessions from Chris and Jeff!
Tonight’s video blog entry is from yet another “new” band to the Laptop Sessions: The Grass Roots.
Chris and I have loved this song since my mini-obsession with it back in mid-high school. For some reason, we equated someone I had a crush on to this song. It was when I was first learning piano and learned how to play this song, which I was pretty impressed with.
I actually got to see the Grass Roots in concert a few years ago at the North Haven Fair here in CT. Actually, I’ve seen a lot of great bands there, including America and Herman’s Hermits. I always love getting to see a show there- you get to see some great acts and it’s just part of the general admission. During my schooling years, the North Haven Fair was truly the only good thing about September.
This song, “Temptation Eyes”, is a bit “campy”, but I still love it and think it’s got a great tune. It’s always a candidate for getting stuck in my head at a moment’s notice.
I hope you enjoy tonight’s Laptop Session here on the Fusco-Moore Productions music video blog. We’re happy to have all of you new fans here to listen to us! Also, if you have an iPhone (like Chris and I sport), you’ll be happy to know that all of our videos will play on it! Before, there was no option to play videos from the Laptop Sessions page. But now, it shows a still of the video and a play button over it. Tap the play button and the YouTube player will come up, letting you watch the video. Plus, if you add us to your iPhone web clip home screen, you’ll see our great new Laptop Sessions iPhone logo!