Welcome to Day 10 of Jim Fusco’s 14 Days of Rock’n’Roll Christmas! I can finally breathe a sigh of relief, as I’ve officially finished the album. And only four days ahead of time! I had to re-record some parts and mix down the last couple of songs, but I’m finally done. Now, I can give my friends and family high quality versions on CD so they can import into their iTunes libraries.
Tonight’s song is another you probably haven’t heard of (don’t worry- this is the last one!), but it’s a really great song. It’s called “On Christmas Day” and is written by Brian Wilson. he recorded it and included it as a bonus track on his Christmas album from the mid-2000’s. I love the video of the band making this song- it’s so cool seeing it come together in the studio.
An interesting thing to me is that this song really was done back in the 70’s and was called “Bells of Paris”. Of course, the tune was slightly different, but it’s really the same song. I’d be interested to find out what came first- Brian’s Christmas lyrics or the ones about Paris. I know the Beach Boys had a failed Christmas album in the mid-70s and there’s actually a version called “Bells of Christmas” that replaces the lyrics with holiday-themed ones. But, the version Brian re-tooled that eventually became “On Christmas Day” is by far my favorite and that’s why I had to make my own version!
I hope you like the song as much as I do. Come back tomorrow (for a song you’ve heard of!) for Day 11 as we roll-on!
Welcome everyone to a special holiday edition of the Laptop Sessions cover songs music video blog with me, Jim Fusco! It’s become a Laptop Sessions music blog tradition to do at least one Christmas song every year. This is my fourth Christmas doing the blog and I’ve amassed a great collection of my favorite Christmas songs in acoustic guitar and piano cover video form. In fact, if you go to my YouTube page at http://youtube.com/jimfusco, you’ll see I’ve made a video playlist of all my Christmas song videos. So, if you’re in the holiday spirit (in December, or any other time you need some Christmas cheer), you can click on that playlist and go through every cover song video I’ve done for Christmastime!
Before I get started with tonight’s music blog post, allow me to wish you a great Christmas (or any other holiday you may be celebrating this time of year). It’s been a crazy year for me and I’m glad I’m back doing the Laptop Sessions videos on a regular basis. I really do get a lot of joy doing these cover song videos. Getting to a million views was a big deal for me, as it seemed to reinvigorate my efforts to make the Laptop Sessions the best music blog on the internet. Next year promises to be another banner year, as my new album, “Those Around Us” is released in January. For more details on “Those Around Us”, please visit my website at http://jimfusco.com.
Onto tonight’s cover song video. You know, it’s rare to find a new Christmas song that isn’t overly cheesy and especially over-produced. The problem with Christmas songs is that there’s only a finite amount of things to write about. And, believe me, every single one of those things has been written about. So, after a while, every new Christmas song starts to sound the same with very, very similar lyrics. Every artist these days has to have a Christmas album. I guess I can’t blame them- it’s a built-in excuse to have people play your music at least once a year. Look at the older artists like Bing Crosby. I honestly don’t know one Bing Crosby song that isn’t Christmas-related. To me, in pop music, Christmas songs make you somewhat immortal. I mean, who listens to Perry Como anymore? But, come the day after Christmas, “Home for the Holidays” plays on every radio station across the country. Even Elvis Presley’s music is now considered too “old” for even our local “oldies” station, as they only play music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. But, they break their own rule and play “Blue Christmas” about ten times a day. Christmas songs, if they’re popular enough, are the great musical equalizer.
Maybe that’s why I love Christmas music so much- my favorite artists, like the Beach Boys, are brought back into the public’s consciousness every Christmas with song like “The Little Saint Nick”. Speaking of the Beach Boys, I was given an early Christmas present this year with the announcement of the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary reunion tour and album. I cannot even begin to express how excited I am about this. It’s a dream come true.
Tonight’s video also has to do with the Beach Boys because it’s one of Brian Wilson’s original Christmas songs! I’ve loved this song ever since I first got a semi-bootleg copy off of his website a few years ago. Brian used to come out with a Christmas song each year and put it on his site for his fans. So, I recorded it off of the site. Thankfully, though, it came out as a bonus track on his recent Christmas album, “What I Really Want For Christmas”. “On Christmas Day” is a great tune and has a nice chord progression to it. I’m not sure if I’m the only one who notices this, but to me, it sounds an awful lot like “Belles of Paris” from the Beach Boys’ “MIU Album” in 1978. Anyway, “On Christmas Day” is a better arrangement and is in a better key- Brian sounds great on his recording.
I chose to do this song on piano because I thought it would translate better than on acoustic guitar. Plus, it felt more Christmasey (to quote another Brian Wilson Christmas song) to sit at the piano and sing a Christmas song. I hope you enjoy my rendition!
I hope everyone has a healthy and happy New Year, too. I’ll be back after the first of the year with an original song from my forthcoming album, “Those Around Us”. Then, we’ll all celebrate the release of this new album on January 13th! Take care and see you in 2012!