Hello, you night owls, and welcome to a very late Day 4 of Jim Fusco’s 14 Days of Rock’n’Roll Christmas!
Today, I bring you a great tune: “Don’t Need A Reindeer” by the Moody Blues. They came out with this song in the early 2000’s and I truly believe it’s the best Christmas song in the past 40 years! It’s got a great beat and such a catchy tune. I can’t believe it doesn’t get more airtime.
So, I decided to make my own version. It took a while to get the synth sounds right, but I think I got it pretty close. The harmonies were easy, but the times to sing them (they come in and out) was the really tricky part.
If you haven’t heard “Don’t Need A Reindeer” yet, I think you’ll really like it. And if you have heard it before, I hope my version lives up to the original! Have a good one and see you very soon for Day 5! Remember, all of these Christmas songs are FREE to download- just click the down arrow icon.
Okay, request time here at the Laptop Sessions. This one’s going out to my longtime friend Drew Kingsley.
“Question” is a great tune by the Moody Blues off of their (you guessed it) “Question Of Balance” album.
I hope you’ll all like my acoustic-ized version of the song. Of course the strumming isn’t as insane as Justin Hayward’s is- I can actually play it at that speed, but have a bit of trouble keeping time when I do. So, I chose the safe route for this version. I think the effect is still there because of the dynamics used.
There will be many more Moodies songs to come, as well as many request fulfillments in the coming weeks- I’m loving this every third day schedule, as it really allows me to pick some tougher songs and practice them until they’re perfect for internet posting!
Welcome, welcome to another version of Jim Fusco Tuesdays here on the best music video blog ever created: the Laptop Sessions!
My special guest is coming, I promise, but we’ll have to wait at least another week. But, it’ll be a great performance and I’m really looking forward to it.
So, I had to do an impromptu video tonight. I have been practicing this song for many months now, but I always had other Moody Blues songs cued-up so I never got to it. But, I had to do this video tonight up in my room because it’s just simply too cold in the studio now and I don’t wanna wait for the heat to kick in.
So, the video doesn’t look that great, but the sound is there, and that’s the most important thing, isn’t it?
Tonight, I bring you a great song by the Moody Blues from their album “The Present”. This might be considered the last great Moody Blues album, because they were still popular, relevant, and had all four members contributing in a significant way. I, of course, love the “Strange Times” album, but I definitely feel like I’m the only person in Connecticut (other than people I know personally) that knows of that album.
“Blue World” is a well-done song and has a classic Justin Hayward sound to it. I love the chorus and I even love that over-the-top Pat Moraz keyboard/synth work.
The only problem with this song is the introspective lyrics that Hayward is so accustomed to writing. He’s like the Mike Love of the band. I mean, in this song, Hayward mentions his songs “The Voice” and “Fly Me High”. He’s done this in other songs, as well. But the thing is that “The Voice” was from the PREVIOUS album! It’s not like he had a lot of time to reflect on the message of that song…
Well, I hope you enjoy tonight’s entry into the Laptop Sessions’ catalog. Chris and I are going to have a battle to the death to find out who’s stuck with Original Wednesday tomorrow, but I may guilt him into it, seeing that I’ll be away on business for the first time! I may be back in time and I’ll have stories to tell. I’ve never been to New York City alone before, so tomorrow should be interesting! Have a great one and I’ll be back sooner than you think!
Hello and welcome to another all-new edition of the Laptop Sessions. To kick off another full week of new material, I’ve reached into the Moody Blues catalog of songs — specifically from their 2003 album December — to bring you a cover song version of their cover of the Mike Blatt and Tim Rice song “A Winter’s Tale.”
Now, although I am an English teacher, this is not to be confused with the William Shakespeare play “The Winter’s Tale.” Not only is there a notable difference in parts of speech (namely the indefinite – “a” – versus the definite – “the” – articles), but there is also a big difference in tone. Still, “The Winter’s Tale” is quite a trip. Consider, for instance, that this play contains one of Shakespeare’s most infamous stage directions: “Exit, pursued by a bear.” What I find the most interesting is that there is contention over whether he used an actual bear for the original productions, or simply a man dressed in a bear costume.
I would assume the latter, but the former is just so much more fascinating…
But this is all beside the point.
“A Winter’s Tale” is one of those songs that is indisputably beautiful, sung perfectly by Justin Hayward. For those who have seen them in concert recently, you may have noticed my apparel is a nod to Hayward’s typical onstage wardrobe. That wasn’t too difficult to arrange, as I simply removed my tie and jacket and voila! Of course, this is also one of those songs that, upon playback, forces me to remember I’m a rhythm guitarist hammering away at what is such a subtle, pretty song at heart. During our MoU Christmas concerts, Mike would front the band on this one, fingerpicking and taking the lead — and for good reason!
The reason I’m standing up is because the song simply didn’t sound right when I played it sitting down. I found I was having trouble getting comfortable as I played it.
Of course, the majority of the song being played on barre chords didn’t help either…
Several takes and several strained ligaments in my hands later, you’ve got yourself a new Laptop Session.
As a final note about the song, I found it very interesting that this song, originally written by songwriters Mike Batt and Tim Rice, hit #2 on the UK charts back in 1982. Batt teamed up with Rice to write the song for performer David Essex. Another interesting bit of trivia is that Batt went on to produce Justin Hayward’s solo album Classic Blue between 1988 and 1989 at Abbey Road Studios in London. Classic Blue, ironically, is an album of covers. The track listing includes three songs written by Batt, as well as classics from Brian Wilson, Lennon/McCartney, and Led Zeppelin.
I hope that you enjoy this installment of the Laptop Sessions, and I encourage you to hurry back for more very soon. In addition to your regularly scheduled (yuletide?) cover song music video tomorrow, there may be a brand new Guest Session on Friday, as well as another edition of the Weekend Review. If you missed last weekend’s music review, you should know that I just kicked off a top five albums of the decade countdown. Each weekend between now and January 2nd, 2009, I will reveal another album on the list, as well as a full review. Then, on January 2nd, I will post my full “Top Thirty Rock Albums of the Decade” list, along with my review for the number one rock album of the decade.
Thus far, the Barenaked Ladies’ Maroon (2000) has cinched the #5 slot. Which album will rank as the fourth best album of the decade?
You’ll have to tune in to the Weekend Review to find out…