Welcome to your Friday edition of the Laptop Sessions with me, Jim Fusco!
Today, I’m doing a great tune written by Neil Diamond, but performed by the Monkees, “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You”. Not only does this song have a great message (like “it’s not all my fault, but SOME of it is”), but has a catchy tune and chord progression.
Actually, it’s that classic 3-chord Neil Diamond style, just shifted up a few frets on a capo.
I hope you like my whistling solo in the middle there!
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This video was recorded a few weeks ago in my big Monkees phase, which was brought on by getting the deluxe edition of the Monkees album “Headquarters”. While the album as a whole isn’t perfect (there are more than a couple throwaway tracks), there are some great band-written songs, especially those by Mike Nesmith. Actually, this song is sung by drummer Mickey Dolenz, which I think is the right choice. One of the bonus tracks on the CD is the original sung by Nesmith, but it’s in a lower key and is nowhere near as upbeat. My second-favorite song of all time in “You Just May Be The One” is on this album.
I couldn’t get “The Girl I Knew Somewhere” out of my head. I’ve known the song for so many years, but never knew how to play it. So, I started by teaching myself that deceptively simple riff and then the whole song took off from there.
Tomorrow will truly be a day of mourning after Jeff’s imminent crushing Homerun Derby defeat at the hands of the future 3-time (in a row) champion, Jim Fusco. I plan on doubling Jeff’s total…from all three prior games combined.
For now, enjoy this edition of the Laptop Sessions and this great Monkees acoustic cover song. I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for the next long-awaited Chris Moore cover song. Maybe Chris will do Patsy Cline’s “I’m Sorry” to console Jeff…
Welcome to another “new bands week” edition of the Laptop Sessions! Today’s song comes from a band that’s anything but “new”, but since I haven’t played a song from them before, I figured this would be the week to bust one out! That band is the Monkees, and they’re one of my favorite bands of all time. The Monkees were the soundtrack to my early life. Remember when they started playing the reruns of the TV show back in the late 80s? Well, I used to watch it then and also listened to their Greatest Hits collection constantly. I always gravitated to the music of Michael Nesmith, probably because he was a songwriter and musician. The songs that Davy Jones sang were almost always cover songs or songs that were written for the Monkees’ TV show.
Tonight’s acoustic cover song, as I’ve mentioned before, ranks as my second favorite song of all time, right behind “I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better” by the Byrds. But, if you listen to this song and the Byrds song, you’ll hear that they’re very similar. They both have pretty much the same chords, and “I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better” wins because of its great guitar solo and its harmonies. And, the songwriter of “I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better”, Gene Clark, was very similar to Mike Nesmith. The both were the first ones to leave their bands. They wrote the melancholy songs of the group with a bit of country-rock flair. And they were by far and away the best songwriters of their groups. I think it’s pretty funny that I gravitate so much towards such similar musicians like them. I wonder if I share any of those characteristics (or at least THINK I do…).
“You Just May Be The One” is the song I play for people when I get the tired old “the Monkees didn’t write their own songs or play their own instruments” line. Well, on this song, they did both. In fact, on the entire “Headquarters” album, they did both. These guys were very talented and don’t get a lot of credit for that. Of course, everyone knows that the band was manufactured for the TV show only. This “band” was never supposed to happen. But, I think the band worked hard over the years to prove their worth as musicians.
I hope you’ll agree that this is one of the best songs of all time. I’m very happy to add it to my collection of cover songs here on the video blog. And let me be the first to welcome the Monkees to the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog!