Back again with another edition of the Laptop Sessions!
This time I finally get to do a Moody Blues song. I just got the urge to do this one yesterday, so it gets first billing. It’s not my favorite of theirs, but it does remind me of listening to it while riding in the car when I was little.
I think it’s got a great beat and a cool chorus (especially how they do the drums in concert), but my father thinks it sounds a bit too much like “Dragging the Line” by Tommy James. I have to agree.
Anyway, this is the first of MANY Moodies songs to come, so stay tuned!
And now, pinch-hitting for an under-the-weather Jeff, is Jim Fusco! I’m sitting in to bring you yet another great acoustic cover song music video here on the best music blog around: The Laptop Sessions! Tonight, I bring you one of my favorite songs from the Moody Blues, “The Voice”, from their #1 album, “Long Distance Voyager”.
Actually, this tune is climbing up my all-time favorites list as it has all the criteria for a song I would love: a catchy tune, faster paced, that glorious late 70’s, early 80s sound that’s not too overdone, and a great guitar solo. Of course, I’ve stripped all of that out in my version here, except for the tune and the tempo, but I think it gives a different take on the song as a whole. And that’s what you should expect from all of my cover songs- a different take on my favorite songs of all time. And, if you like the same songs I like, you’re sure to love my original music, as well! Visit my website at http://jimfusco.com and take a listen!
I actually recorded a full version of this song a few weeks ago, complete with synthesizers! I think it sounds just like the original and was a lot of fun to try recreating the sounds. There’s something about that synthesizer sound that the Moody Blues used. They hired Yes keyboardist Pat Moraz and updated their sound for the late 70s. Of course, they didn’t have Mike Pinder’s mellotron anymore, so they had to have something to replace it. I know the songs probably sound very “80s” to everyone now (“The Voice” is very heavily based on synthesizers), but to me, the music has worn pretty well. There are some 80s songs that I can’t even listen to. The synthesizers sound so fake and dated. But, the music of the Moody Blues during the Pat Moraz years doesn’t sound embarrassing like those other songs from the same time period (like the synths the Beach Boys used on “Love You”).
But, again, my acoustic cover song versions take away the synthesizers (and everything else, for that matter) and give you the song in its raw form. I want people to know what the song really sounds like. It’s interesting, though- you’ll actually hear all of the other parts in your head as you listen to my cover video.
By the way- if you haven’t heard “Long Distance Voyager” yet, please get a copy! It’s an amazing album and features some of my favorite songs of all time in “The Voice” and “Gemini Dream”. Plus, there are great contributions from drummer Graeme Edge (“22,000 Days”) and Ray Thomas (“Veteran Cosmic Rocker”).
Okay, look for a new cover song music video from Jeff tomorrow and again on “Original Wednesday”, as no matter the circumstance- you’re getting a Session a Day in ’08!
Wow, “Tuesday Afternoon” posted on a Tuesday afternoon! Okay, well, a Tuesday evening, but still. I swear I didn’t even plan it and even just realized as I was beginning to type my post. But, it fits so well!
I love this song and the Moody Blues, of course. “Tuesday Afternoon” is the afternoon section of the Moodies’ first album with their second lineup (after the addition of Justin Hayward and John Lodge and the subtraction of Denny Laine and Clint Warwick). The album is “Days of Future Passed” and stands as one of the classics. It has reached classic status because it’s one of the first true concept albums. It also is the first real fusion of a rock band with a classical orchestra. It’s almost surreal listening to the album. This album alone (not to mention the ten great albums they did AFTER this one) should’ve given them a one-way ticket into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. It’s so stupid that they’re not in. I heard that the Hall doesn’t consider them a “rock” group. Are you serious? Have they ever even heard “Story in Your Eyes”? Or, I don’t know, “I’m Just a Singer in A Rock’n’Roll Band”???? That doesn’t give it away? My God, and they’re discounting the fact that the Moody Blues had some of the best musicians ever in Justin Hayward on guitar, John Lodge on bass, Graeme Edge on drums, Mike Pinder on piano and mellotron (which he truly pioneered as an instrument rather than just an effects machine), and Ray Thomas, who played a brilliant flute. This issue always makes me so angry. The Hall of Fame uses the same argument for not letting Chicago in. Are you freakin’ serious? Those guys had more hits than Muhammed Ali! I just don’t get it.
Anyway, this song falls in the mid-point of the album, as the album takes the listener on a trip throughout an entire day. I love that concept. It’s so original. Of course, the album ends with one of the all-time great songs in “Nights in White Satin”, but “Tuesday Afternoon” was a big hit in its own right. In fact, I even heard it today while waiting in line at Subway for lunch.
By the way, in case anyone’s being keeping track, I got a new job. It’s great: a nice atmosphere, professional collegues (what a change from my last job), and I’m getting paid 33% more than I ever have. It took me three long months to land it, and I know I won’t let anything screw it up this time around. I have a nice outlook now, especially because it’s good to be a part of a company that’s actually hiring in these economic times. That’s a good sign for me…and for getting my loved ones Christmas presents, too! I’m looking forward to a nice holiday season now.
I hope you enjoy this video as another Tuesday afternoon passes us by. I’ll be back on Friday for yet another acoustic cover song from the Beach Boys, whom I haven’t covered in a very long time. This song is from a composer, though, that I haven’t covered yet! So, I’ll keep you guessing on that one for a couple days and to pacify you in the meantime, I present Chris and Jeff tomorrow and Thumpin’ Thursday (TM). I’ll also be back (hopefully sooner than Friday) to announce yet another big milestone, so stay tuned!
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!