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!
Really getting down to the wire now, as I bring you Day 11 of 14 here at Jim Fusco’s 14 Days of Rock’n’Roll Christmas! I hope you’ve been liking all of this free music so far. Let’s keep it rolling tonight with a great little tune that Elvis Presley sang all the way back in 1957. “Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)” is one of my favorites because of the good beat and that awesome bass line. That line took me a LONG time to master and my fingers were so sore I couldn’t play the bass again for a couple of days! But now I think I can play it in my sleep.
The backing vocals were a little trickier than I thought they’d be. There’s a couple of parts that I didn’t realize were in there, but you listen to a song a lot differently when you’re trying to recreate it. I was able to use some of my nice guitars and amps for these songs to give the proper sound and I think they really sound good.
So, add this song to your growing collection and come back for the final three days starting tomorrow!
Hello everyone! We begin week number two of free Christmas songs with another favorite of mine: “The Man With All The Toys” by the Beach Boys. It sounds like a simple song on the surface, but there are some cool changes that Brian Wilson created for the chords. The vocals, especially the cool “low harmonies” on the bridges, are difficult and really cool.
I tried to stay as close as possible to the original with the instruments, too. I used my Fender Stratocaster on the neck pickup, just like Carl and Al did on the original recording. For the lead guitar part, I actually had to re-record it because I didn’t originally put the echo effect on it, like the original had. I also ended up recording two bass lines with slightly different sounds. If you listen on headphones, you can hear one in each ear. I never knew that there were two bass lines recorded for this song, but that’s how they got that cool “oomph” to the recording. As always, the more I find out about the Beach Boys, the more I love them!
I hope this track adds to your enjoyment of the holidays (paraphrased from Christmas Vacation) and that you’ve taken the time to download the other seven tracks so far. Stay tuned, because tomorrow I bring you Day 9!
Hello again, everyone! Back with another announcement.
For all my Laptop Sessions viewers, I present an extra-special treat this year for the holidays. It’s Jim Fusco’s 14 Days of Rock’n’Roll Christmas!
Starting on Sunday, December 7th, I’ll post a new recording every day for 14 days. I’ve recorded all of my favorite Christmas songs and I’d love if everyone would download them. And, they’ll all be FREE!
So, check back here on the 7th and every day after for free downloads of my brand-new Christmas song recordings! See you then!