Good evening and I hope your weekend is off to a good start. It’s Where-the-heck-is-Jeff Copperthite here today to bring you the latest installment of the Laptop Sessions, another in our series of Beatles cover songs, and session cover song music video #90 overall.
I am continuing to delve into the libraries of previously covered bands, and I have always enjoyed todays song a lot. It really is amazing just how many Beatles’ songs I know and am familiar with. Of that huge library, this is probably my favorite.
“You’ve got to hide your love away” is from the Beatles’ album “Help!” and it’s extremely incorrect Semaphore album cover. You may also be familiar with the cover version of this song by Eddie Vedder. And while that is a good version, it’s hard to beat the original.
You will notice a singing style that i’m not used too, and I feel it is quite effective. Lately I have been hearing great things about my most recent video, and that my ability to sing on video has taken a lot of leaps. i’m glad you think so! Thank you for all your support.
Also, i’m nearing 39K views, and while I fell about 2K short of my 40K goal by the end of August, I still did quite well and I am very proud of how we are doing. No reason we can’t continue to increase our views per day.1
I hope you enjoy today’s session, and return tomorrow for another great song cover by Jim Fusco!
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!
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! I hope you had a joyous Turkey Day, “stuffing” yourself in the company of friends and “spuds” — I mean, buds. If you have tomorrow off, then that’s just “gravy”…
Okay, that’s enough of that.
Seriously, I hope you had a positive day, filled with family members and friends, enjoying a day off from work. As for me, I woke up late (almost afternoon) to a phone call from my sister. Knowing me all too well, my mother asked her to call me and tell me that dinner would take place a half hour before it would actually start.
At least I got there on time!
My day essentially started as soon as I got out of bed (at the early hour of noon) and went to my parents’ house. I had a nice, relaxing time talking with my parents and grandparents, as well as hanging out with my sister and talking about music. I brought my laptop over so I could finally finish the “2008 Essentials” mix CD I’ve been wanting to make for weeks. Some highlights were…
– “Living Well is the Best Revenge” (REM)
– “Valley of the Low Sun” (Jakob Dylan)
– “7 8 9” (Barenaked Ladies)
– “Cowboys” (Counting Crows)
and, of course,
– “These Streets” (MoU)
I’m not biased about that last one, I swear!
After dinner, I spent a long time talking with my parents and grandparents. Then, once the company had gone, my father and I watched the Tom Selleck movie The Shadow Riders. It was based on a Louis L’Amour novel, so it was pretty cheesy at times, but overall, it was a fun film. Once the movie ended, the day was still long from over. I went over Jim’s parents’ house to watch this week’s special Turkey Bowl edition of TNA Impact! (the highlight of which was, without a doubt, Mick Foley “dealing with” Alex Shelley of the Motor City Machine Guns).
A half hour after TNA was over, Jim and I were back home recording this great Beatles cover song, “Thank You Girl.” Why did I pick this song, you ask? Is it a favorite? Well, no. In fact, I didn’t even know it until yesterday. The reason is that it goes along with the theme of today — giving thanks!
I actually posted this video late because Jim and I ended up playing great Beatles and Christmas songs for another hour and a half before going downstairs to snack, watch a Jack Johnson DVD, and do research for our Black Friday adventure.
And, yeah, I’m going to bed at 4am, prepared to wake up at 5am…
Hello and welcome to my first traditional “video and a post” Laptop Session in weeks! For the past few posts, I’ve opted to write reviews, but now its back to Beatles cover songs for me! This was actually a lot of fun, but I don’t get to write as directly and personally as I do in a post like this one. Thus, I’m back with a guitar, recording my first cover song music video since “God’s Gonna Cut You Down.” Let’s just say it’s good to be “back”!
You’ve probably already noticed that the Laptop Sessions main page has suddenly been filled with “chords & lyrics” posts. Let me start by explaining these four new additions to the blog.
First, the Beatles chords (for “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away”) are obviously meant to accompany this post. If you enjoy it, then by all means, jump in and start playing it yourself. Actually, you might want to read the rest of my post before you break out your axe…
So, why the added chords and lyrics?
Well, I’ve been itching to record a cover version of a track from the new Pearl Jam album Backspacer ever since I started listening to it last Sunday. Specifically, there are two largely acoustic tracks that are very easily translatable into acoustic music videos — namely, “Just Breathe” and “The End.” The first single, “The Fixer,” is more of a full-band, harder rock affair, but its structure is fairly simple and it is truly a great deal of fun to sing. I’m still deciding which song to record for my session (anyone care to hazard a guess before next week?).
Now, normally I would wait until next Monday to post the chords, but I’ve been learning/practicing all three and going out of my mind attempting to comprehend how anyone could post the chords and lyrics without having even the slightest idea as to what the correct words are. This, in fact, is one of the most profoundly aggravating aspects of the decline of CD’s, at least in my mind — people who download digitally do not necessarily get a booklet, and even if they do, do not necessarily take the time to read the liner notes and lyrics. Has music really become that abundant and easily accessible that we couldn’t care less what the singer is actually saying, or what the album as a whole is actually about? This is the feeling I get when I surf the web for chords and lyrics.
This is also why I enjoy spending time in CD stores like Newbury Comics or — as I visited today — Exile on Main Street. It’s a good feeling to see albums that you had forgotten about, never actually seen in person, or perhaps never even heard of before. I left today with my hands covered in a thin layer of dust, having purchased an album that had collected a considerable amount of that aforementioned dust — the Charlie Sexton Sextet’s Under the Wishing Tree. (Sexton played with Dylan for a few years, left the band a while back, and just recently rejoined — he was perhaps my favorite guitarist that I’ve seen in Dylan’s band, so I had to check it out. More to come after I’ve listened more closely to the album…)
After all this posting, I suppose I should actually take a few moments to address the video you’re about to watch…
Following Jeff’s excellent rendition of “Yesterday” last Thumpin’ Thursday, I decided I couldn’t let the Beatles marathon slip away on my watch. I had been planning to record a Pearl Jam song (as I mentioned earlier), so I opted instead to record a Beatles song that had been sung by Eddie Vedder in a cover version a few years back. “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” is the third track from the Beatles’ excellent 1965 album Help! — Nicole’s favorite Beatles album. Thankfully, I was able to borrow her copy of the 2009 remastered version of Help! and ensure that I was more than prepared to record this great song.
The video that follows is a perfect example of what seems like a short, simple song but is in actuality a little gem. To me, this song exemplifies how the Beatles really aren’t overrated — even with a simple verse-verse-chorus-repeat-fade song, Lennon and McCartney had to throw in some interesting chords and variations. It’s not simply G or C that you’re hearing — instead, my underworked and not-so-dexterous pinky finger was called into play to make the song sound entirely accurate. Even as I type, my hand is still recovering from the workout! Overall, I’m very pleased with how the recording came out, even if my lips ended up a bit dry and thus led to a few flubs during my “vocal flute” solo at the outro. I hope you can forgive the slight inaccuracies and enjoy this great Lennon/McCartney classic!
Oh, as a quick “P.S.,” I should mention that my review of the 2009 remaster of Let It Be really will be coming eventually. My internet was a bit screwy last week and I lost all my progress, so I put it aside temporarily.
It’s been a great Yom Kippur (see my Twitter posts above), and although it’s back to school for me tomorrow, I still have another surprise up my sleeve for later this week. That is, if my internet connection can hold steady…
Oddly enough, I read an article today that The Beatles are breaking records (again) from album sales in the past couple of weeks. So why not continue to post about possibly the best group ever.
So here’s a great classic song from their 1965 album “Help!” called “Yesterday”. It’s a great ballad about a surprise departure. Kind of odd that my song from last week was about a surprise arrival.
This song was recorded late at night. Forgive the brevity of this post. I’m busy as anything.
And it’s almost the end of September. Already.
And why aren’t you following me on Twitter 😀 I’ll update more than twice a month of I get more than two followers. Oh, and that doesn’t include the stupid auto-followers who include their virus loaded web sites on their profile page. Stay away if you’re one of them.
So enjoy this song and i’ll see you next week for another great video! Come back Monday for the next installment from the latest Fab x (that x is for how many people Jim will be playing with – substitute at will!)
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 original 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!