“San Francisco” by Brett Dennen (Cover)

Originally posted 2010-06-17 01:13:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Jim Fusco:

Welcome to another edition of the Laptop Sessions with me, Jim Fusco!

I’m back again tonight after a short sabbatical.  I’m glad to present a great song, “San Francisco” off of Brett Dennen’s 2009 album “Hope for the Hopeless”.

I’ve been in love with this album ever since my friend (and boss) Bill gave me the album to listen to.  I’ve since purchased it on vinyl- you’ll see my copy behind me in the video.

I’ve also been purchasing a lot of new albums on vinyl, including Jack Johnson’s “To the Sea” and “Stone Temple Pilots”, both of which I haven’t listened to yet.  I’m getting myself ready for the STP album by listening to their previous effort, “Shangri-La-Dee-Dah”.  Jeff always used to talk about that album, so I asked for it for my birthday and I’m loving the album.  I’m so excited about the new disc!  Actually, I did listen to it once while transferring my vinyl copy over to the computer using my brother’s ION USB turntable.  Mine’s on the fritz…of course…

I’ve been taking it a bit easier lately, which is good because it’s been BUSY.  I’ve gotten a lot more done around the house and have been watching my Mets, who’ve been on a big roll lately.

I hope to keep up with this light Laptop Sessions schedule- I’ll definitely make it a point to.

Anyway, I’ve wanted to record “San Francisco” for a very long time now and was happy to get the opportunity now.  What’s cool is that Brett Dennen himself used his Martin D-28 acoustic guitar to record this album.  Hearing his great sound and great songs was a factor in my choosing a Martin, too.  Even though mine cost about half the price of his, mine’s still all solid wood and (in my opinion) sounds just as good!  Remember all the research I did?  Well, I truly believe I got the best I could for the money.

Over the next few weeks, I plan on covering songs from Ringo Starr, Scissor Sisters, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Jack Johnson, and Stone Temple Pilots- ALL of whom have albums out this summer!  So, the cover song list keeps on growing.  So, have a great Tuesday and be sure to come back again for another Laptop Session with Jim Fusco soon!

“San Francisco” (Scott McKenzie) – Chords/Lyrics/How To Play : Ask the Musician

Originally posted 2010-06-10 00:38:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Jim Fusco:

On tonight’s edition of “Ask the Musician”, I have a YouTube email from Todd:

Hi, Could you please send me the tabs of “San Francisco”?  Thanks a lot, you are a great musician.

Thanks, Todd- with me, flattery gets you everywhere!  I don’t have the tabs (don’t really need them for this song), but here are the chords and lyrics:

Start on G

Em        C        G       D
If you're going to San Francisco,
Em         C         G               D
be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.
Em        G        C       G
If you're going to San Francisco,
G            Bm     Em               D
you're gonna meet some gentle people there.

Em            C       G       D
For those who come to San Francisco
Em     C         G             D
Summer-time will be a love-in there.
Em     G          C       G
In the streets of San Francisco,
G         Bm       Em               D
gentle people with flowers in their hair.

All across the nation,
F                         G
such a strange vibration, People in motion...
There's a whole generation,
F                       G                 D
with a new explanation, People in motion, people in motion.

Em            Am C    G        D
For those who come to San Francisco,
Em          C        G               D
be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.
Em      G       C       G
If you come to San Francisco,
G         Bm     Em           G
Summer-time will be a love-in there.

Em     F#m     A     D     A
       If you come to San Francisco
A      C#m     F#m        A        F#m     A
Summertime will be a love-in there


Thanks again for the comment, Todd, and happy playing!

Brett Dennen’s “Hope for the Hopeless” (2008) – Yes, No, or Maybe So

Brett Dennen’s Hope for the Hopeless (2008) – YES

Brett Dennen's

Brett Dennen's "Hope for the Hopeless" (2008)


Sounding like the best parts of Jack Johnson and Gavin DeGraw rolled into one – with a Dylan-esque vocal flair here and there – Brett Dennen’s Hope for the Hopeless is the great album of 2008 that I missed; I love Johnson and Jakob Dylan, but this acoustic rock album blows Sleep Through the Static and Seeing Things away! (…a conclusion supported by the fact that the always frustrating Rolling Stone reviewers barely acknowledged this great release with three stars and a lukewarm paragraph of backhanded compliments.)

Top Two Tracks:

“Heaven” & “San Francisco”

“San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)” (Scott McKenzie Cover)

By Jim Fusco:

And the winner, yet again, is Jim Fusco!!!  (AHHH, Jiiiiimmmm Fuscooooo, AHHHH, undefeated champion of the world, AHHHH)

What am I the winner of?  Well, the song with the LONGEST title ever on the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog!

“San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)” is a great tune that symbolized the Summer of Love in 1967.  The song was written by Scott McKenzie’s friend John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas.  McKenzie was slated to form the band with Phillips earlier, but then decided to be a solo artist.  Well, McKenzie is the true definition of a “One Hit Wonder”, as this song reached the Top 10 and that was his only big hit.

Chris said to me, “I konw the song, but I’ve never even heard of Scott McKenzie!”  Well, he doesn’t realize it, but he has.

The classic Number 1 hit for the Beach Boys in 1987, “Kokomo”, was actually written by the following: Mike Love, Terry Melcher, John Phillips, and…Scott McKenzie!  I don’t know what hand he actually had in it, but it’s funny to learn of the connection.  That song became a hit a solid 20 years after he hit it big with his only well-known song…and it was a song he didn’t even write!  I’m sure McKenzie is still seeing royalties from “Kokomo”.

I came up with a big project that I call “The Cover Songs Initiative” today that outlines the progress I’d like to see this site make, along with the steps to get there.  I’ll be rolling it out tomorrow night, so I’m excited to see some great progress!  See you on Thursday night!