Cover of “Up from Under” by the Wallflowers. I did this with a freeware webcam recorder – sorry about that… Thus the audio and video are kinda crappy, plus that annoying watermark. But the vocals/guitar is all me, just a bit delayed.
** EDITOR’S NOTE: **
Ladies and gentlemen, let’s extend a warm welcome to the latest addition to the Guest Sessions team of performers… Ryan!
Ryan’s choice is an excellent one for an acoustic cover song. In fact, after all the Breach covers that Jeff Copperthite and I have done over the years (“Sleepwalker,” “Hand Me Down,” “I’ve Been Delivered”), we’ve somehow managed to miss this little gem. Breach really is an underrated album with a wide selection of beautiful songs, and Dylan and company strike a perfect balance between electric and acoustic work.
As Ryan points out above, the quality lags a bit on this music video. Still, I think you’ll find it to be a solid, faithful cover version with some great fingerpicking. He’s been watching the Laptop Sessions for some time, and I’m proud to welcome him to the blog via this performance. Seeing as how we were less than ten days away from the one year anniversary of our last Wallflowers post (Jeff’s February 27, 2009 cover of “I’ve Been Delivered”), we thank Ryan for sending this in just in time…
Here’s to many more great cover song music videos!
** This is the very first “Guest Session” here at the Laptop Sessions acoustic music blog. The concept of this regular Friday post is that, each Friday, the Laptop Session will be recorded and written entirely by a guest performer.
For our first choice, we bring you a video from Andrew E., a YouTube regular. Tonight, he brings us a new band to the blog. This is Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” from their American Idiot album.
Enjoy, and hurry back for Chris Moore Monday! **
By Andrew E.
I Love Green Day. I’ve been listening to them since 03. More importantly, playing guitar has been a big part of my life. I got my first guitar from my grandpa when I was 5. Since then, I’ve been consistently trying to improve my playing.
Acoustic cover of Michael Jackson’s song “Beat It,” from the 1982 Thriller album. I changed the guitar parts, creating an alternative version of this song which is okay for my acoustic version.
** EDITOR’S NOTE **
This is a moment I didn’t see coming…
Introducing the first Michael Jackson acoustic cover song to the Laptop Sessions, care of Guest Sessions regular Federico Borluzzi! For tonight’s installment, he’s come up with quite an interesting arrangement for this early eighties hit. On his YouTube page, Federico writes, “This cover is intended to be a tribute to Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, who’s gone too soon and whose death shocked me and the whole world. He left us a legacy of great songs, such as this one… I did an alternative, quiet and acoustic cover…”
I think you’ll agree as you listen that this is a fitting tribute, and it’s done in the Laptop Sessions tradition of stripping a fully produced (and sometimes over-produced) song down to its core elements. From the opening moments of the video, Federico sets a mesmerizing fingerpicking pattern that will guide the whole song, and is indeed one of the highlights of his performance.
I hope you enjoy this video — I know I did, and I couldn’t be happier to present this week’s Guest Session. Hurry back for new articles and announcements throughout the weekend!
This week’s Guest Sessions cover song post is a very interesting one, indeed. I honestly didn’t know what to think when I clicked on this link. Then, once I clicked on it and saw a young woman with a ukulele in her hands, I REALLY didn’t know what to think! But, once I clicked “play”, it started to become clear. Yes, someone actually pulled off a cover of “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons on the ukulele!
And that’s what the Laptop Sessions is all about. My favorite videos we’ve done here are the ones that take a song (say from the 80s, like “Heart and Soul” by Huey Lewis and the News) and strip away all the dated production. That way, you just get to hear the song itself presented in its most basic form. That’s what Jenna did here with “Radioactive”.
No, the production values on the original version aren’t dated-sounding like stuff from the 80s, but if you’ve heard the original version of this song before, you’re probably as surprised as I was to see that there was a version done on the ukulele. It’s a hard rock song with a dark message. This video is truly a Laptop Sessions interpretation.
It also looks just like a Laptop Sessions video, doesn’t it? It’s a single camera of a person sitting on the bed, playing and singing by herself. It’s exactly like one of the original videos we did in 2007/2008 (and continue to this day!).
So, thanks, Jenna, for submitting this really cool video to us and I hope you all enjoy today’s Guest Sessions acoustic (ukulele) cover song version of “Radioactive” here on the best music blog around: The Laptop Sessions!