Good evening and welcome to Sunday’s edition of The Laptop Sessions. Tonight is my first cover from this band, but 5th for the site.
The Travelling Wilburys were advertised to me as an “all star band” by Jim, and boy they sure are. There aren’t many songs by them (two albums worth) but the ones that I have heard are just awesome. This one included, and I had no idea this song was by them until I heard it again.
The song is “End of the Line” from their first album. Every member except Bob Dylan is featured on lead vocals at some point in the song.
You’ll notice some voice inflection at the seperate parts where each singer is singing the original song.
I hope you stay tuned for even more from laptopsessions.com! Come back tomorrow for Jim’s next cover.
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 origianal 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!
And a Happy New Year to you- I’m Jim Fusco back for another year of the Laptop Sessions. I’m also back with Number 200! That’s right, tonight’s video is my 200th and it kicks off a brand new year of great acoustic cover song music videos here on the most popular music blog that isn’t corporately-owned…well, I can’t substantiate that claim…
Anyway, I figured I’d kick the New Year and new decade off right with a New Year’s song in “Ding Dong Ding Dong”, a hit single off of George Harrison’s Dark Horse album. If you’ve heard the original version of this song, you probably wondered why George’s voice sounded so raw and raspy. No, he wasn’t taking vocal cues from his pal (and future Traveling Wilburys member) Bob Dylan. He was actually suffering from a terrible break-up when his wife ran off with his best friend, Eric Clapton. It forced the two friends to not speak for a long time (yes, significant others can change people and break friends apart, that’s for sure), but eventually they reconciled…once she and Eric broke up, too! That’s a fairytale friendship story if I ever heard one.
The title track from Dark Horse also features George’s gravelly vocals and it’s actually a nice tool he uses well on these somewhat bitter songs. I mean, George was always one to write songs against the “establishment” (like “Taxman”, “Not Guilty”, and “Devil’s Radio”), but this time, it was a more personal fight. One can only think that “ringing out the old and bringing in the new” has to be correlated to his estranged wife leaving the picture.
And, in the end, George ended up finding his real soulmate in Olivia Harrison, whom he was with until the end and continues to preserve George’s legacy to this day. Now there’s a woman who really appreciated and “got” him. So, it all worked out. I guess sometimes a broken heart is just an opportunity to find something (or someone) better!
I’ve always considered this a Christmas song- remember my post from a few weeks ago about my father’s famed Christmas Compilation tapes? Well, this song was on it. And even though it’s loosely based on the New Year and it’s idea of “starting anew”, it’s really not a Christmas song at all. But, you’ll still never find me listening to “Ding Dong Ding Dong” from January through October!
I’ve already recorded a video for next week- I was on a bit of a roll tonight. I could’ve done more, but work is really driving me into the ground lately. So, hopefully I’ll get more gusto in two weeks to record some more videos. My list is ever-growing. I have a great forgotten 60’s song lined-up, but next week’s video is a late-90’s Top 10 Billboard hit that is officially the song played most on the radio- it spent 18 weeks at Number One on the Billboard Airplay charts. That’s the most for any song- ever!
And I can’t believe we haven’t covered it. My only thought is that I’m the only one here that can sing the chorus, so I’m glad I finally got around to it. Look for some new bands to come in the near future, as well- it’s going to be another productive year of great cover song music videos…if I can find the time and energy to keep up with it week after week. Until next week, enjoy “Ding Dong Ding Dong” in LSHD (Laptop Sessions High Definition)!
Hello and welcome back to another brand-new Laptop Session! Jim and I have been laughing this week about how funny it is that Ringo has used his classic phrase “it don’t come easy” in at least one song for his past three albums. This is, of course, a reference to his early hit “It Don’t Come Easy,” one of the first solo Beatles singles. I figured, why not go right to the source? So, here I am singing this great Ringo tune!
I just bought his new album, Liverpool 8, last week, and I have really been enjoying it. I was hesitant to buy it, since I had heard that he severed his working relationship with Mark Hudson. However, I was excited to see that Ringo, Hudson, and the Roundheads (Ringo’s studio band) co-wrote all but one of the songs on the album. And it had a lot to live up to — after all, Ringo Rama and Choose Love are great, if underrated, albums. In the end, I have to recommend it, whether you’re a fan of Ringo and/or rock ‘n roll. I’ll certainly be recording a Laptop Session for “If It’s Love That You Want” — track 10 — if not others in the future. And I’m not going to say much more than that about the album, but look for an article from me about Ringo’s and George Harrison’s solo careers in the coming weeks!
As always, thanks so much for listening (and reading)… I hope you enjoy it! Don’t forget to come back to LaptopSessions.com tomorrow for an all-new session from Jeff!
My first official laptop session of the new year! I’ve been listening to 1970’s George Harrison this week–Thirty Three and a Third and George Harrison–but I was reminded today of this track off of his 2001 posthumous release Brainwashed. It’s such a simple song, but it was easy to learn and fun to play, so here it is!