Welcome to my Beach Boys Session for this week! Today, this song goes out by request, but I probably would’ve done it eventually, anyway.
This is a technically unreleased song called “Soulful Old Man Sunshine” that was only released on a compilation a few years ago.
I truly think the only reason the Beach Boys never released it is because of Carl’s “shun-shine” gaff in the middle 8.
I figured out this song’s chords by myself and even though I took some liberties, I think it stays true to the original.
Also, I think this is one of the few over-produced Beach Boys songs. That’s why I was so excited to strip all that excess out and just make an acoustic version. You’ll notice that I even sing a bit of it like Brian Wilson did in the original demo of the song, also included on that compilation. I love that version, too- it’s a bit more jazzy.
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Well, my first Eagles cover tonight, aided by one Chris Moore!
This is a landmark Laptop Session, as it’s the first one EVER to feature an electric guitar! I’m using one of my prized Ibanez guitars for this video. I can’t believe how great it came out. I’m not talking about our performance- I’m talking about the fact that we used my one microphone and just sorta placed it there and let it roll. The amp was on the other side of the room, too.
I got the solo perfect in this take, but Chris wanted to do another one to perfect his part. After a couple of extra takes, I decided that the solo was more important than a couple of botched chords, so we kept this take. You may notice a different font used in this video, as that’s a clear sign we used Chris’ computer, as mine was busy burning DVDs.
I like this song, but didn’t really love it until I learned how to play it last year. It’s got some great chords, including one of my favorites- A major 7th. It’s my first Eagles song, too, and I’m happy I had Chris to back me up and allow me to play a non-kazoo solo tonight.
It’s really late now, as Mike came over to talk and chill with Dana, Chris, and me. We had a good time laughing about Dana’s various botched pickup lines and Chris’ general hilarity.
I’ll be back with you on Thursday night, as Jeff will be filling in for me on Monday. He’s got his work cut out for himself this week, as he’ll be posting Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Wow, that’s pretty awful. But, at least that’ll eat up four of his remaining nine or ten videos for the year! I’m getting ramped-up for Christmas, as the tree (which is perfect) is up, the lights are on, and the presents are ready for wrapping. Of course, I’m still busy with video jobs and the like, but we’ll make it.
Okay, have a great week and enjoy your quad-shot of Jeff coming right at ya!
Okay, so here’s a bit of an anomaly. Most of us cast members of WCJM.com Free Internet Radio will be surprised, if they’re not listening to the shows as often as I do, to find me playing a Billy Joel song. I want to take this opportunity to clear the air.
If you listen to the Beach Boys’ music through the ages, you’ll hear a progression in the music. The styles may be different as the years go on, but most of it is just building on what was previously there.
Conversely, you can listen to Paul McCartney or the Moody Blues through the years and notice that their song/music styles change with the TIMES. For instance, in the seventies, songs got longer, then got disco-y, then got electronic once they reached the eighties. Around 2000, you heard drum loops and “new age” production on albums from both McCartney and the Moodies.
But, their SONGS and the general “type” of music (rock or pop) stayed pretty constant. I’m not giving any free passes for horrible disco versions (Beach Boys fans can goan at “Here Comes the Night”) or electronica from the early 80s, but at least you still knew it was a “Paul” song or a “Moodies” song.
Billy Joel, for me, falls into two categories, both of which I’ll briefly address:
As you’ll note with the bands I like, I tend to stay away from bands that are generally “overrated”. Yes, the Beatles are lauded all the time, but it’s pretty clear they’re the ONLY band that deserves the accolades they get. But, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys NEVER won a Grammy for their songs (unless you count “Best Instrumental” for “Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow” a few years ago- what an insult). The Moody Blues STILL aren’t in the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. I don’t think America’s had a decently reviewed album in Rolling Stone since their first one.
But, look at who gets ALL the attention:
– Bruce Springsteen
– Elton John (who sells concert tickets like Tickle-Me-Elmos did the day after Thanksgiving)
– Bob Dylan, whom I’m convinced can fart on the microphone and earn a Five Star Rolling Stone review. Don’t get me wrong, I love the man, but he is overrated, as well.
Now, Billy Joel is playing TEN, yes TEN shows at Mohegan Sun Casino here in Connecticut and sold them all out. The man hasn’t done an album in like 15 years and is more popular than ever. I swear more people go to his concerts than have EVER bought his music. And THAT’S the kind of crowd that makes someone so overrated. The “Starbucks” crowd that loves what all the other soccer moms love.
The theme here: It’s not Billy Joel’s fault. I really don’t blame HIM for my dislike of his music.
2. He changes the TYPE of music he plays ALL THE TIME.
As I said earlier, bands I like have changed their styles through the years, either through progression, or just keeping up with the times. But, again- a Beach Boys song was a Beach Boys song, you know?
Now, Billy Joel:
Sometimes, he’s the crooner, singing in that horrid “holier than thou” voice about “regular people” from New York and their stories.
Then, out of nowhere, he’s formed a barbershop quartet in “For The Longest Time”.
Then, he’s some teeney-bopper singing “Uptown Girl”.
Then, 80’s rocker while singing “We Didn’t Start the Fire”.
And, finally, he’s a good old fashioned rock’n’roller on tunes like this one, “You May Be Right”.
What style of music IS this man? Epic piano numbers? Guitar-based rockers? Vocals-only diddies? What?
That question, I cannot answer. And maybe I’m being a bit too general here, as since I’ve noticed this trend, I’ve never gotten past the Greatest Hits.
In closing, I love this song, I love the style, and I wish this was the REAL Billy Joel. I hope you enjoy my rip-roarin’ rendition of this Billy Joel song! (What a rant…)
The video you’re about to watch pushes the limits of the Laptop Sessions format, as it features the abilities of not one, not two, but three performers. Now, this is certainly not unheard of — MoU united about a year ago and performed four-man videos around Christmastime. And when it comes down to it, what you’ll find is that tonight’s video includes all the essentials for a great Laptop Session — a predominantly acoustic sound, a great rendition both vocally and instrumentally, and not only a brand new song but also a brand new band to the blog!
So, what more could you ask for?
Tonight’s Guest Session players are The Frets, and they bring you a live, intimate recording of the Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire.” The band Kings of Leon is a relatively new band, having started in 2000. But, when you really think about it, they’re not that far away from their tenth anniversary — and one decade together ain’t bad, let me tell you! The Beatles were together for less time… They are billed as a Grammy Award-winning rock band, and although they are three brothers and a first cousin who hail from Nashville, Tennessee, they’ve seen about 80% of their album sales in Europe. This is not surprising, as our Guest Sessions cover band tonight is based out of Scotland. When they sent their video, they wrote very simply:
“Scottish band the Frets doing “Sex on Fire.”
I suppose they’d like their music to speak for itself. On their YouTube Channel, there is apparently some news about a name change for the Frets, though. Go ahead, read for yourself:
“GALLAS* SAYS: innovation not immitation. Keep supporting GALLAS* in the coming 2009 AS YOU DID THE FRETS 2008.”
This is apparently on the heels of a change in lineup. Well, regardless of the band’s name, we hope you enjoy their Kings of Leon cover song video tonight. Hopefully they’ll send us another video once they’ve officially re-formed as a new band.
Thank you, Frets, and thank you all for stopping by to watch the latest installment of the Guest Sessions!