“It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over” (Lenny Kravitz Cover)

Originally posted 2009-08-18 22:17:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Jim Fusco:

I’m sure a couple of people are picking their jaws up off the ground for this one…

If you know me, you know I would never say, “Wow, you know who I should do a song from?  Lenny Kravitz.”

It’s not that I have anything against him- his popularity just came at a time that I wasn’t listening to any music on the radio, i.e. the past 25 years…  But, somehow this song worked its way into my head.

It literally took me over a half hour to finally figure out that this song was done by Lenny Kravitz.  I would have bet good money that this was written and sung by Smokey Robinson with the Miracles.  Have you heard the studio version?  The strings, the beat, the high vocals, the great bass line- it HAD to be Smokey!  Plus, it has that classic Motown sound to it and I truly believed this song was recorded in 1964.

So, all I knew was the tune and the words, “Baby, it ain’t over ’til it’s over…”  How does one search for that?  I wish I could just hum into my iPhone’s Shazam program and have it tell me what I was thinking of.  I finally found a different version by some woman and realized it was the song I was thinking of.  I kept coming across Lenny Kravitz’s name, but said, “Nah, it can’t be him” and kept looking.  Finally, I clicked on his version and sure enough, it was the exact one I heard in my head!  Who knew?

I was very happy to finally perform this song and I’m even happier that I’ve brought a very popular artist to the music blog for the first time.  Gotta respect a man that plays a great guitar, has a high range of vocals, and writes his own songs- that’s pretty much my criteria!

This song is easy to play- same for verse and chorus: A, Amaj7, Asus4, D, Dm on a 4th fret capo.  This comes out to C# and F#, but it’s much easier to play it with the capo.  I’m glad it was easy to play because it’s not the easiest song to sing.  I find I sing better with my eyes closed- you’ll see I do it a lot in songs with a high range to them.  I do it a lot here, but I hit all the notes and am very happy with this performance.

It’s been a busy week- Chris said it all about the Moody Blues concert.  It was a fun time and I was happy to have gone both with family and friends from work.  The baseball card show I went to in the morning with another colleague from work was a blast- meeting the likes of Orlando Cepeda, Steve Carlton, and even Ric Flair!  I got baseballs signed by Ralph Kiner and Ken Griffey Jr. and a ton of cool new cards, including printing plates and signed jersey letters.

This weekend looks to be slower, but I have a lot of wedding video to edit and, as of tonight, I still haven’t started.  Becky moving in has proven quite stressful and involved, as I had to setup her computer (and the one back at her parents’ house because the move screwed-up their internet situation) and still cook, etc.  The house is coming along great, as well.  I spent a lot of time there today, just looking around and imagining where things would be.  The back yard is especially exciting, as I truly believe we’ll have room for whiffle ball, which is very important to me.

Finally, did you get a chance to check out the Twitter widgets up at the top of the Laptop Sessions homepage?  It shows the updates for Chris, Jeff, and myself.  I update all the time and it allows me to keep in touch with the Laptop Sessions viewers on a much more consistent basis than I previously could.  Well, have a great night and I’ll be back next week with another great acoustic cover song.  As Dana would say, “Until then”!!

“Second That Emotion” (Smokey Robinson & the Miracles Cover)

Originally posted 2009-01-28 00:09:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Jim Fusco:

I know you’ve been waiting for this all week…it’s Jim Fusco Tuesday here on the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog!  Yes, that’s right, your favorite place to get acoustic covers and rock music videos from three of the best indie songwriters you’ll find.

I’m having SO much fun playing with my new Mac Pro right now.  It just amazes me to be typing this on one 22″ Acer monitor and to have the other monitor rendering a video at a clip about 25 times faster than my old machine.  It makes me feel more productive without actually doing anything!

The computer’s setup is finally complete.  I’ve had it since last Friday and Becky helped me put together (and find) the great L-shaped desk, while Dana helped me to set everything up and give some sage advice.

Meanwhile, Chris was heeding my pleas to do some work on the music video blog here, as he’s decided (quite ambitiously) to post the chords to every single song he plays this year.  Here’s hoping that he’ll play a song I’ve actually heard of…

Now, if you haven’t heard of tonight’s song, you must’ve been living under a rock for the past forty years.  One of Motown’s greatest songwriters, Smokey Robinson, wrote this tune that he did with his group, the Miracles.  Smokey was, and still is, a writer for many other acts.  One song you just might have heard of was an incredibly huge hit for the Temptations, entitled “My Girl”.  Smokey truly is the man.

I also love tonight’s cover song, “Second That Emotion”, because Smokey sings in his classic falsetto throughout the song.  Now, this actually poses a bit of problem, believe it or not.  You see, everyone’s voice kind of hits falsetto at a different note.  Brian Wilson always went into falsetto at exactly the right times and I don’t believe I’ve really ever heard Carl Wilson use his falsetto voice.  That said, my falsetto range tends to be a bit on the high side.  Meaning that whenever I sing songs that are mostly in falsetto, I find it more comfortable to sing most of it in my regular voice.  That makes it hard to switch halfway through.  But, I practiced and practiced until it worked really well.  Here’s to you, Smokey!

Tonight, I’m happy I can bring you another great Motown hit from the sixties.  It’s so funny to see the breakdown of decades here on the video blog.  Chris and Jeff have the 90s and 200s locked solid.  Then there’s me bringing up the rear, taking the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s by a large margin.  And every I say or write “large margin”, I’m forced to think of “Large Marge” from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.  My cousin, brother, and I watched that movie all the time when we were little.  Then, I watched it again recently and realized that it’s a freakin’ hilarious flick.  If you haven’t seen it for a while (or were scared of it when you were little, like I was), you really should give it another chance.

Okay, I’ve ranted long enough for one night.  Tune in tomorrow night for a GIGANTIC premeire here on the best music video blog ever created!

Why’s it such a milestone?  Well, I’m going to bring you the title track to my upcoming new album, “Halfway There” on Original Wednesday!  I know you’ll love the song, especially after the great reaction I got from “Only A Dream” last week.  Thanks to ilsy74 on YouTube for sending out the video and promoting our original work.  I’m very excited to get the reaction to my new material and I’ll be back soon enough to bring it to you!  Until then, have a great night and enjoy tonight’s Motown acoustic cover song music video!