I was just playing around and worked out a fun little arrangement for this traditional song that everyone will recognize.
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I couldn’t resist picking this as our Guest Sessions featured video of the week. It’s a fun little song, and a fun little performance by one of our favorite contributors to the site.
We may know this popularly as the “Mexican Hat Dance,” but it is more formally known as “Jarabe tapatio.” It was first compiled in Guadalajaran music professor Jesus Gonzalez Rubio as a medley of Mexican folk music. It has since been honored by many as the national dance of Mexico.
This is your Guest Session electric cover song instrumental video. We hope you’ll enjoy it and hurry back next week for another great contribution!
My cover of “Into the Great Wide Open” by Tom Petty. I play the main verse pretty much the way Petty does, as far as I can hear. I’ve re-arranged the chorus section a bit to try to closer mimic the multiple instrumental layers you hear on the album.
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The title track to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 1991 album of the same name, “Into the Great Wide Open” may not have topped the charts, but is an excellent song that deserves appreciation. Even though it fell a full sixty-four slots shy of its predecessor “Learning to Fly,” Petty did manage to produce an outstanding music video for this song. And it even starred a young Johnny Depp as Eddie Rebel with supporting roles by Chynna Phillips (of Wilson Phillips), and Matt LeBlanc (of Friends fame).
They truly don’t make music videos like this anymore, so if you haven’t seen it, you should really take the time to do so. Go ahead, that’s what YouTube is for, right?
What makes “Into the Great Wide Open” such an excellent candidate for an acoustic cover? Well, there’s the catchy, powerful acoustic strumming before the chorus, never mind the fact that this is certainly a song that comes across well when played with a minimal arrangement.
As per usual, Jeremy has demonstrated great taste and considerable ability in his performance of this Tom Petty classic. I had forgotten how much I love this song and this album, and I’ve already watched Jeremy’s video several times over the past few days, enjoying this stripped down rendition. On behalf of the Laptop Sessions, I thank Jeremy for yet another wonderful video. Here’s to many more in 2010!
Originally released on the 1980 Bob Marley & the Wailers album Uprising, “Redemption Song” is the final track on the final studio album release before Marley’s death in 1981. It is also significant for having been hailed as an acoustic folk classic by many fans and critics.
Jeremy Hammond, continuing to bring great new bands to the Laptop Sessions blog, plays a heartfelt version for you in this post, complete with a nice fingerpicking section on the intro to the song. And, please don’t adjust your screen or worry about what you’ve been inhaling… that’s a purposeful visual effect on Jeremy’s video!
We hope you enjoy this latest installment of the Guest Sessions with our favorite contributor, Jeremy Hammond. May it help to bring hope and peace to your holidays!
I recently had to take my acoustic/electric into the shop to get it looked at, since the “electric” half of it wasn’t working, and a Made in the U.S.A. Fender Strat was hanging on the wall. I couldn’t resist. I took it home (yes, I paid for it first). It feels great and has great tone and sustain, even out of my tiny little amp. So here’s “Bathtub Gin” by Phish. I laid down the rhythm and vocals first (single take), and then laid the solo over that track. This is a fun tune and I love the solo melody, particularly when played on my new ax.
[Editor’s Note: We’re happy to welcome Jeremy Hammond back for another featured performance on the Guest Sessions. He’s another one we bend the rules for a bit — there’s a solo overdubbed — but this is hardly bending, since the main performance (electric and vocals) was recorded live, at the same time. “Bathtub Gin” is a great song; lyrically, it sounds Dylan-esque, which is more than fine with us! The guitar work is perfect, and the solo is spot-on. So, go ahead and enjoy this cool cover song music video by Jeremy and hurry back next week for the season finale!]