Welcome back for an all-new recording on LaptopSessions.com! If you’ve been here before, then you probably know that today is “Original Wednesday,” and it’s my pleasure to bring you one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written, titled “Please Stay.”
I wrote this song a while back as a contribution for Masters of the Universe. My bandmate, Jim Fusco, helped me refine the chord structure and added in an incredible duo of guitar solos — that’s right, two distinct solos in one song! (If MoU ever releases Homestead’s Revenge, the fully-produced version will be on it.)
Of course, this is an acoustic performance, and you’ll hear the rarely-used third verse that replaces the second solo. I’ve never been entirely happy with the third verse, so I’ve amended it a bit for this recording. Without further ado, “Please Stay”!
P.S. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for an all-new Laptop Session by Jeff!
Hello everyone. A somber Laptop Session today, as I pay tribute to Dan Fogelberg, who wrote one of the best songs of all time in “Same Old Lang Syne”. No matter what generation you’re from, I’m sure you can relate to this song. Meeting up with someone from your past that evokes such strong memories is one of those experiences that just seems like part of life. I can’t explain how much I enjoy “Same Old Lang Syne”. The song is really the anti-Christmas song because of how somber the tone/mood is. Honestly, it isn’t really even a Christmas song. It’s just a song about Mr. Fogelberg (which is clearly a Jewish name, isn’t it?) was out one Christmas Eve and how he ran into an old girlfriend. The reminisced about the old times they had together and even though they had a good time, they both knew that they’d moved on in life.
When the woman leaves, Dan’s left with “that old familiar pain” that he felt back when he had relationships in his school years. I remember that pain. It’s a pain I never want to feel again. Though, as I said in my song, “The Game” from Masters of the Universe’s “Homestead’s Revenge” album, “Don’t you tell me you don’t miss the game.” You should really listen to that album- click here! There’s a certain thrill about the “game” of it all- it’s exciting, but most times it leaves you heartbroken. Of course, Dan Fogelberg talked about that sentiment perfectly in “Same Old Lang Syne” when he said, “The snow turned into rain.”
This song always made my brother and I think of Christmas being over. And I guess that’s the realization Dan Fogelberg came to when he wrote this song, too. He realized that his old flame had died. Of course, growing up, our take on the song was this: all the presents have been opened and now we have to clean up! Doesn’t exactly have the same sentiment, right?
Of course, Dan wrote many other great songs, but his passing makes the song even more poignant now.
The one funny thing is that I was planning on doing this music video the day BEFORE he died anyway because it’s always been one of my favorite Christmas-time songs. Instead, I make this acoustic cover song music video a tribute.
To all Dan Fogelberg fans- I’m sorry for your loss and I hope, as I do with all the Laptop Sessions cover song videos, that I’ve done the song justice here.
Another Wednesday means another new original song acoustic music video here on the Laptop Sessions music video blog! The site is more popular than ever and I’m very happy to have my new original music featured in front of so many eyes and ears.
In the midst of working an eight hour day and another almost full-time night job, I got a minute to record this video. I’ve been working on my new album, “Halfway There” for almost two years now and it’s been a whole four years since my last effort. Well, we did have a band in the middle there, so that’s where all of my creativity when for a couple years.
This song actually branches off of that sentiment. The band was a great idea in theory. We were even great on stage. But, when everyone in the band is close to each other friend-wise, then it makes it really difficult to mix work with it. If I had met the other band members at a job somewhere, it probably would’ve worked out better. Tonight’s original song is one that tells the story of the night that signaled the end of the band as we knew it.
I’m not angry. I’m a bit more ashamed, as I say in the song. I really wanted the band to work, but realized it wasn’t working and really couldn’t work with the personell we had. I felt ashamed because I always finish what I start and never got that satisfaction with the band. We even released an album that was credited to the band last year, but in actuality, it was a compilation of what each member was doing at the time. When I think of what might have been…
On my new album, this song is probably the most rockin’ out of the 11 tracks. It’s short, but there’s a pretty cool guitar solo in there that always makes people’s eyes light up whenever I play it for them. I guess they never pegged me as the Guitar Hero type. Well, it’s off to work for the rest of the night- I’ll be back for another Jim Fusco Tuesday cover song music video in a short six days. I hope you enjoy tonight’s video and hopefully sometime in the next week I’ll be sending all of the files and music to the CD company for production. I still want to remix and remaster four songs because I want this one to be as near-perfect as I can get it. See you then!
Welcome to my first Original Wednesday original acoustic song music video for the year 2009! It’s Jim Fusco here with a great song that we chose to kick-off our (and by “our”, I mean the band Masters of the Universe, or MoU) second album, “Homestead’s Revenge”. The song is “Only A Dream” and it’s a chorus I wrote the tune to, but never did anything else with.
I remember the day very vividly. It was one of our band songwriting sessions and I remember finally fleshing-out the chorus with the help of Chris, Mike, Becky, and Cliff. Then, I ran over to the piano and started to work out chord progressions for the verses. I came up with the very interesting Em7 to Bm chord progression and I really love the tune that goes along with it. I remember sitting there working and hearing Becky and Chris deciding on words to go into the chorus of the song.
I took my ideas over to the rest of the band and we worked out the words. We came up with this image of a man in a jail cell. The conversation went something like this: “How about a man locked in a jail cell that’s dreaming about getting out?” “Oh yeah- like he’s locked in there!” “Okay, let’s see- ‘Locked in solitary confinement…'” “No, that doesn’t work with the tune…” “Locked in solidarity…” “That doesn’t make sense, though.” “Oh, but it does! The guy is locked up AND he’s all alone!” “Perfect!”
And that’s how the writing session went- we scrutinized everything but were able to paint a very realistic image of the idea we were getting across. Why don’t you just listen and find out what that message is?
I also remember Mike returning from the back room, playing his middle-8. I love that part of the song and it leads right back into the chorus very well. He did that on “These Streets” from the same album. The lyrics are great on the middle-8 to “These Streets”- we were thinking about that kind of great fast-paced life you think you have in high school and threw in, “Live like it’s 1999,” because I was a freshman/sophomore in 1999.
Also, I was very excited when we all did the vocals. On the original (which you can hear by going to MoU’s Official Website), you’ll hear double-tracked vocals from each of the five members of the band on the choruses and backgrounds, PLUS the lead vocals.
Some fun facts: Chris, Cliff, Mike, and I recorded our vocals together and we dubbed Becky’s much softer voice later on two other tracks so I could handle it better in the mix. It isn’t easy blending a female voice into four other male voices. But, my voice must not be too far off from a female’s voice, which made it easier to mix. Why do I say that? Well, on the middle-8, you’ll hear the backing vocals come in. I love that part. Well, on that section, Becky doesn’t sing- it’s just Mike’s lead, then Mike, Chris, Cliff, and I on backing vocals. I sang the high part (doing my best Becky impression) because we seamlessly wove the backing vocals around Mike’s lead, allowing us to use only four other backing vocal harmony parts. I remember doing those backing vocals that night with the boys and we were all so incredibly excited. After we finished each good take, we’d get so stoked about it. The greatest backing vocals I think I’ve ever heard are during the second half of the second verse. The way that some of the vocals move around and some stay the same…it’s really a stroke of genius on my part! Want to hear just the vocals-only section? Click HERE and you’ll go to the Albums page on the MoU website. The clip of only the vocals from that section will play in the background. Click around to the other pages on the site and you’ll hear more rare vocals-only clips from the album!
Well, I hope you enjoy this great original song. It was truly a collaborative effort- a great, catchy song- that was the perfect album-starter. Until next Tuesday, I hope you have a great week. Make sure to come back tomorrow for your Jeff Copperthite Thumpin’ Thursday acoustic cover song music video!