Welcome to your Terrific Tuesday edition of the Laptop Sessions! Tonight, I’m the first person to post using our brand new WordPress 2.6.1 version of the blog. Of course, on your end, you shouldn’t see any difference, but on our end, the difference is vast…and great. For one thing, our visual editor won’t mess with our code anymore, so we’ll be able to post chords to our cover songs more often than before.
Also, things seem to work a little better now, so I hope our sitemap and the live site will work a bit smoother than before. If not, we don’t have much of an option but to upgrade, but honestly, we don’t have the money for that right now. Did I mention that there’s a donation button on the left side bar? Right now, we have a package that’s only about $5 a month. In order to get “server priority” as they call it…which I assume means more server resources, the price goes up to $20 a month. That’s quite a difference for “server priority”. But, I do believe that it will help keep the site running quickly, as we already have over 500 posts and hundreds upon hundreds of pages. I hope many people will come to our site’s aid and give us a donation! Oh, and that includes you, too, Jeff, Mike, Becky, Sarah, Chris, Dana, Dave, Alberto, Matt, Stuffy, Palumbi, et al.
Okay, on to tonight’s video. Tonight is a classic one in terms of my live performances. The “band” of Chris, Jim, and Becky (see Chris’ post a few days ago) was formed in 2004 and we loved to sing this Barenaked Ladies song, “Maybe Katie” in concert. Then, we didn’t realize we were singing it in the wrong key- a half step below the original key. Rest assured that for this video, we fixed the error, as all the Laptop Sessions songs are always in the original key- the ONLY way it should be! Listen up, cover song musicians on YouTube and elsewhere: YOU REALLY STINK IF YOU DO IT IN THE WRONG KEY!!! There’s no exception to this- if it’s out of your range and you change the key, then you don’t deserve to do the song. I sang “Baby Please Come Home” by Darlene Love at our Christmas party in the original key and that song is ridiculously high. You didn’t see me take the easy way out. And this is why our motto is “Putting an end to bad YouTube covers FOREVER!” Wow, the tangents tonight…
Moving on, this song is off of one of my favorite albums, “Everything To Everyone”. I do believe that it’s probably their fourth best album behind “Gordon”, “Barenaked Ladies Are Men” (the almost 30-track version), and “Maroon”. This album has some input from the other band members, which if you’ve read some of my past rants, means a lot to me in a band.
We do “Maybe Katie” a bit differently than the album’s version in the sense that the BNL version has some heavy electric guitars on the chorus and middle sections. Our version is completely acoustic and has more of a “folk” feel to it. That’s what happens when you don’t have a drummer handy…that isn’t already reserved to play the solo like I am.
I hope you enjoy tonight’s Laptop Session and I do hope that you’ll consider donating to the site, even if it’s just a few bucks. Thanks again and see you tomorrow!
Welcome to another edition of The Laptop Sessions with me, Jim Fusco!
Of course, The Laptop Sessions started partially because I loved Ed Robertson’s “Bathroom Sessions” so much. He’s so great on the guitar, it makes me feel very inferior.
But, I still love his music and I love to play it! This song, “These Apples”, is infectious and I was so happy I finally got a chance to play it.
Next week, we’ll be doing “Title Track Week”, but this week is anything-goes! Make sure to come back tomorrow for another great Session from Chris and check out the Blog at http://laptopsessions.com for Jeff’s most recent video, as well!
This tune I wrote two February’s ago while sitting on a bench in West Haven, CT (Savin Rock). My favorite restaurant Jimmies is there, and I went between classes alone to just look at the water and see the sun shine out on it. I wondered why just seeing the sea could make me think and feel so strongly of one person in particular, especially since I never went there with them (or anywhere, for that matter)… Yet love has a way of touching the entire outside world, and every subject is another shell that was never left unturned.
I remember the cool air, but occasional warm breeze- and girls from a high school track team jogging by as I stared at a blank spot on the bench in which I sat… which I found remarkable, because every square inch besides this one void was covered in “Tom love Erica” and “Joe-hearts-Sandy”, etc… And i was so excited that if I wanted to, I could join the immortal bench carvers, haha… and lo and behold?..
a tropical song was born… and it inspired me to buy my ocean blue Dean Key Largo acoustic/electric because it feels like Im holding that water in my hands… hope you enjoy this interesting, complex song as much as my mother does when she hears me practice it!
Just a note… my favorite lines – “But who will save me?..When Im all alone, and my heart could choke…I got a tunnel of love, but my swan-boat’s broke….Maybe it just needs a song, a new piece of oak- to get me to you…And I dont know if it’s the cold or the fact I miss you so- that is makin’ my lips turn blue… But there’s still strength enough for I adore you”… =)