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Seeing as how the Wallflowers are coming to town tonight, I thought it only appropriate to play one of my favorite tunes off their most recent album, Rebel, Sweetheart. If you are hearing “Back to California” here for the first time, please find and listen to the album version. The real version is one of the most rocking songs I’ve ever heard from Jakob Dylan and the boys.
I recorded more takes of this cover song music video than I should have, in my desire to recreate it acoustically and yet maintain the same spirit of the studio recording. Just like “Everything I Need,” this was certainly a vocal workout–this time, not because of the range but due to the emotion/inflection I tried to achieve while my allergies are in full swing…
Well, I’m really excited about going to see the Wallflowers show at Foxwoods tonight with Jim and Mike. This is one of my all-time favorite bands, and because they tour so infrequently these days, I was afraid I would never get to see them.
We’ll definitely report back on the Wallflowers show. For now, I hope you enjoy the acoustic cover song music video — I hope you’ll rate it and/or leave a comment.
See you next session!
P.S. I can’t wait to hear more new tracks from Jakob Dylan’s upcoming solo album, Seeing Things! Maybe they’ll translate into some new acoustic covers for the Laptop Sessions music video blog soon… 🙂
Welcome, Parrotheads, to the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog!
Now, don’t get too excited. I, like most people, pretty much know just this Jimmy Buffett song and not much else. But, I was at Mohegan Sun casino last week and walked by the new Margaritaville club and bar they have. I, of course, thought of this song and decided it would be a nice fit for the Laptop Sessions!
But, for a three-chord song, this certainly took me a few tries to get it right. I really do feel like I should be wasted away again in Margaritaville after that recording session…
What a life Jimmy Buffett must have. He wrote a song about lounging around in the tropics while sulking over some unmentioned tragedy, and now he’s the king of a Margaritaville empire! They have hats, t-shirts, a whole food and drink line, and now a line of bars. His site is known as Margaritaville- it’s almost like the song comes first and the man comes second. It’ll be an interesting surprise to see if any of the guys here on the music video blog do a different Jimmy Buffett song in the future…
Tonight, I feel a bit like sinking away, as I learned that my brand-new Mac Pro computer, which I haven’t even gotten to pay the bill for yet, is already obsolete. A new version came out, just as I said it would, and is twice as fast, just as I said it would, for the same price…just as I said it would. How depressing. I mean, I still love my computer, but I got a bad enough deal on the thing as it was. Now I feel like I could be getting things done even faster. And the amount of time I spend down here working on side projects, I think that sounds good to me. Well, here’s to waiting until the next version comes out and making a lot of money to buy one in the interim.
But here’s a slightly interesting fact about today- today is Square root day! I’m sure you’re all excited. It’s the day where the numbers of the month and the day are multiplied together, creating the number of the year. So, today: 03 x 03 = 09! It only happens like 7 times a century, and the next one isn’t until 4/4/16. So, there’s another “milestone” we’ve all lived through…
Sorry I can’t write a bit more tonight- it’s been a tough and long week already…and it’s only Tuesday. It’s not going to stop, either, and I already have important plans into next week. It’s been a crazy time lately- I’m either working away endlessly, or I’m out having a great time, going to the casino, going on weekend trips, etc. I guess I need some super-fun times to balance out my dull, 15 hour a day working times all week. I’m already plotting a great weekend…
I’m taking Original Wednesday off this week and will attempt to come back with another next week. I hope to find some time to finish up the album over the weekend so I can send it out once and for all. You know I’ll keep you updated on my progress, and I hope you’ll also join me on my quest (in the very near future) of reaching a quarter-million views on YouTube! Have a great night and see you all next week!
Welcome to another edition of the Laptop Sessions with Jim Fusco! A quick update: the recording for my new album has been a fun process and every day I’m more and more excited to hear the finished results. If you haven’t been following my progress, either go to my website at http://jimfusco.com or directly to my music Twitter feed @jimfuscomusic.
Tonight’s video is one from The Beach Boys- my favorite band of all time. This song is from one of their most liked albums among fans. Unfortunately, I don’t fall into that category. “15 Big Ones” is an interesting album. Sure, it’s the album where the other members finally got Brian Wilson back into the studio, but to me, it spelled the end of a once-great band. You see, in the years leading up to “15 Big Ones”, the Beach Boys (the members other than Brian) were writing and producing some amazing music. IN fact, “Sunflower” may be my favorite album from them. But, as the nostalgia of the Beach Boys’ #1 greatest hits album, “Endless Summer”, grew in popularity, the band decided to get Brian back to the forefront. Of course, Brian wasn’t really ready. He’d been locked away in his room, listening to old music he loved from Fats Domino, Freddy Cannon, etc. These were songs he loved as a kid and were what got him into rock’n’roll.
So, Brian wasn’t that interested in writing new songs- he ended up going into the studio and having the Boys record many of his old favorites, such as “Rock’n’Roll Music” and “Blueberry Hill”. Those are the good ones on the album- I’m pretty sure they could’ve left off “A Casual Look” and made it “14 Big Ones” instead.
But, the pun in the title was because the Beach Boys had been a band for 15 years. And, if I’m not mistaken, this was considered their 15th album.
It’s not a bad album, but it’s definitely dated now. The synthesizer, brought to even more prominence on “Love You” from the next year, is hard to play for someone right now. Playing “Palisades Park” for someone and saying, ‘This is from an album considered one of their best” doesn’t really make much of a case for potential fans.
Anyway, there are some great tracks on “15 Big Ones” though, including “It’s OK”. Actually, I’ve already covered “Blueberry Hill”, “Just Once In My Life”, “Palisades Park” – I must like this album after all! But, “Everyone’s In Love With You” is my favorite. It’s definitely Mike Love at his best. His vocals are sweet and it’s got a great melody. Songs like this make me wish he had written more (that is, as long as they aren’t “Summer Of Love” from 1992).
I’ve always wondered if “Everyone’s In Love With You” had a bit of a racy meaning to it. I mean, if you just literally listen to the words, you’ll see what I mean. But, Mike has said the song is about transcendental meditation, which he was really into at the time. It’s more of a feeling that everyone shares “love” with each other and individuality takes a back seat to a collective well-being. At least, that’s what I’ve gained from the whole thing over the years…
I hope you enjoy this song- maybe it’ll prompt you to give “15 Big Ones” a shot someday. It’s definitely worth a listen, I’ll say that. I’m pretty busy for the next couple of weeks, but I won’t forget about the music blog. I’ll be back with another great video soon, so stay-tuned!
Welcome back again for another edition of “Ask the Musician” with me, Jim Fusco! Tonight, I answer Meagan’s question, who posted on my cover song music video of “Shine” by Trey Anastasio. Meaghan left a cool message here on the blog, so I had to type out the chords to this great tune for her.
Intro: C Dsus2 A
You know, all of you know
To grow, what to feel
And so, follow me low
You are what you lean on
Come out of the cold
And drift, into water
And the light shines on
While we all ride on
When the days come and gone
You know we all ride on
Post-chorus: C Dsus2 A
Lines thicker than ground
You surf and its real
To soar over and down
To bend and to breathe on
Through water when
We are falling
The sounds of bells are ringing out
We’ll ride on
The blue lighting
Springs alive to circle down