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!
This is one of my favorite songs, and has been since it came out when I was just a little boy- slowly becoming a very “long” time ago. Also, “You Got It” stands as one of the great “comeback” songs of all time. Roy Orbison’s career really was over for many, many years due to some sad circumstances, and this song (which, by the way, I’m happy to say he wrote- with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne) brought him back into the limelight. Of course, he’s stay in that light with the success of the Traveling Wilburys right up until his unfortunate passing.
I wasn’t really planning on doing this song for one of my Laptop Sessions cover music videos, but I thought of it one night before a video recording session and decided to give it a whirl. My voice, for some reason, still hasn’t come back completely. I mean, it sounds exactly the same all the time, but at certain times when changing notes, I get a little Justin Hayward-esque “squeak”. I like it in Hayward’s voice, but I don’t like it in my voice, which I’ve always thought of as kinda pure and simple. So, it took a bit of adjusting to make sure my voice didn’t do that squeaky thing. It stinks because I don’t know why it started or how to make it go away. Any home remedies, anyone? I’d be glad to read them.
So, while you sit back and listen to this acoustic cover song from me, Jim Fusco, of this great late-eighties tune from Roy Orbison, I hope you’ll remember Roy’s legacy and that his voice never faltered, right up to the end.
I’ve been very excited about the Laptop Sessions as a whole these past couple of days and the cover video Session-a-day rolls on to the halfway-point in just a couple weeks!
The 2010-2011 season of the Laptop Sessions with Jim Fusco has now begun! Back here again after taking the summer off and that’s the way it looks like the schedule will go: September to June. That way, I can take time off while my wife is off from work. I’m excited to bring you a whole new crop of Laptop Sessions acoustic cover song music videos- once every two weeks! In between, I’ll be posting articles, reviews, and more. There’s a lot going on in this noggin’ of mine, so let me update you on a couple of things I’m up to:
I had a nice summer, taking a cruise to Bermuda and doing many activities (mostly that my wife wanted to accomplish during her time off)
BIG changes are coming to my suite of websites, including the simplification of everything. This starts with the removal of fusco-moore.com and the FMP Music Store. They’re just not necessary anymore. I’ll keep the MoU site online just for old time’s sake (and, it looks cool), but everything else will be taken down (except for WCJM, of course). I’m conceptualizing a new JimFusco.com and we’ve been doing some photo shoots to give me some new content.
I also have a new Twitter account for my music: jimfuscomusic. Easy enough, huh? Please follow me so you can get up to the minute updates on all of my musical ventures!
I’m working on a new vocals-only project, but this is more for my own usage. I always put so much work into my vocals that I wanted to showcase them on a special collector’s album. More to follow.
Finally, and most importantly, I’m working on new songs! I have nine so far and will probably go to 15 so I can, for the first time, record everything and pick out only the best. I think this will be important to make the best album I can. But, I’m not giving up on “Halfway There” just yet, so I’ll be promoting that in the meantime. We’re still probably a year out before I release anything new.
So, that’s what’s happening. Now, onto tonight’s video!
I’m back with “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” by Electric Light Orchestra. This is a great classic rock tune that I’ve known for as long as I can remember. The song, written and sung by Jeff Lynne, is one of my favorite ELO (or E.L.O., whichever the search engines prefer) songs.
I knew the song started on the “C” chord- you can just hear it in the original recording. What I didn’t know, however, was that this song is really easy to play. I mean, when you hear an Electric Light Orchestra song, there’s so much going on that the songs sound like they’re really complicated. But, even after taking three months off, this still only took me one take to get right! No, I’m not perfect- I did practice quite a bit off-camera.
I think I got the song down really well and made it my own. Again, this is definitely a pared-down version from the original, stripping-away the multiple instruments and backing vocals. The backing vocals presented a bit of a challenge, so I had to pick what I believed to be the “lead” backing vocal note and sing that where necessary.
I hope you don’t notice that I’m getting over a cold. I’ve been practicing guitar like mad lately, but I’ve been giving my voice a rest after a really bad cold. You know how the cough lingers with you for weeks afterward? Well, it’s only been a few days and I’m really holding back in the video. I can’t even laugh without going into a coughing fit!
I hope you enjoy tonight’s video and that you’ll follow me on Twitter (@jimfuscomusic) so you’ll be the first to know when all my new acoustic cover song music videos and blog posts come out. So, until next time, here’s “Sweet Talkin’ Woman”!
Hello and welcome to another edition of the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog! We’re back again with a cover song video from the Traveling Wilburys- their most famous song, “Handle With Care”. When I was four years old, this song came out and it’s one of my first musical memories. Plus, it’s been one of my favorite songs for 20 years.
We’ve been playing this song live for years. It’s usually the full electric set, but we’ve done it live and acoustically here for the Laptop Sessions music blog. As I’ve mentioned many times in the past, the goal of the Laptop Sessions cover songs blog is twofold. First, we want to put an end to bad YouTube cover song videos forever. And second? We want to give a different take on our favorite songs. This track, though mostly acoustically based in the original recording, is still not the same without George Harrison’s amazing lead guitar part. But, we figured it would make the song sound different to only break out the acoustic guitars and the bongos for this cover song video.
One thing I love about this performance is the energy our band, Masters of the Universe (or MoU), puts into “Handle With Care”. From the video, you can tell that we’re all having a good time singing one of our favorite Traveling Wilburys songs. The harmonies, though not perfect (or complete, without band member Becky), are still pretty good. And sure, the bongos are a bit louder than we would’ve liked. But again, this was a fun acoustic live performance. I think that having more energy in a video recording is even better than getting it note-perfect. That’s one of the reasons why Masters of the Universe earned a nomination for Best Album of the Year by the New Haven Advocate in 2006. We made an album that consisted mostly of our live set of original songs. The songs sound great, but if we recorded everything separately, it probably would’ve come out much cleaner. But, the thing that made MoU’s album stand out from the rest was the energy we had. The songs would start out slowly and gradually get faster as it went on. You can tell that the band is having a good time when something like that happens. Plenty of people can play music in a technically correct manner. But, it’s something special when you’ve got a band firing on all cylinders, playing music together in a circle. You can really feel the energy in that album.
I know this has been requested before, so I hope you enjoy tonight’s Traveling Wilburys cover song! It’s my tribute to both George Harrison and Roy Orbison, and you know I’ll be doing more songs from George, Roy, and the Wilburys in the weeks to come!