“Choose Your Words (Carefully)” (Original song by Jim Fusco) – The Open Mic Sessions

Originally posted 2013-09-11 08:00:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Jim Fusco:

Welcome, everyone, to the first installment of the Open Mic Sessions, where I’ll bring you my performances of my original songs from various open mic nights.  The video will be a bit choppy, the sound won’t be perfect, and there usually aren’t too many people in the crowd, but it’s been a lot of fun for me to do these, so I wanted to share my original song performances with the world!

Today’s video is of my song, “Choose Your Words (Carefully)” from my 2012 album, “Those Around Us”.  I think I’ve received a great response to this song every time I play it live.  People either relate to the words…or just find the chorus catchy. :-)  Either way, it’s been one of my favorites to play and is always the standby song for when someone says, “Play one more!”

This video was taken by my brother Mike at Sam Ash music store in New Haven, CT on April 3rd, 2013.  As you can probably tell, there wasn’t much of a crowd…but the staff sure seemed to like it!  Sometimes, even if there isn’t a big audience, it’s still cool to hear your original song amplified like that.  There’s something empowering about that.

I hope you enjoy tonight’s video and stay tuned each week for more videos from the Open Mic Sessions!

“Shine” (Trey Anastasio Cover)

Originally posted 2008-11-14 20:41:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Jim Fusco:

Hey HEY!  Welcome to your Friday night Laptop Sessions fix here with me, Jim Fusco!  I simply can’t believe it’s my night again…  Now, I’m going to be going away this weekend for another overnight trip.  The last time I did that, the entire Laptop Sessions site (not to mention all my other ones) went down for three days!  We lost all of our Google rankings- it was a mess.  So, I’ve invested time and money to ensure that it doesn’t happen again, and I pray for 36 hours without my computer and a site that still works when I get back.  Cross your fingers!

Tonight is another new night, and I’m bringing you yet ANOTHER new band!  Do I ever run out of these things?

I challenge the other three guys on here to do a song from Trey Anastasio’s band “Phish”, as I’ve taken a song from his solo career after the band originally broke up.  I got into this band via a friend of mine who was a big Phish phan…I mean, fan.  The album (also called “Shine”) was new at the time and was Trey’s second solo studio album.  I instanly fell in love with it.  The songs are very accessible and they trim out the minutes upon minutes of jam-band soloing that was so popular in Phish’s work.

I’m more of the three minute song kinda guy, and the album “Shine” delivers just that: three minute pop gems from a guy with amazing guitar skills, a great hand at songwriting, and the classic too-much-drugs-over-my-career wobbly voice.  The album isn’t perfect by any means, but there are just some great songs up and down the boards that I truly enjoyed for an extended play in my car’s rotation.

My band, “Masters of the Universe” covered this song in concert and we used to kick some rear.  We had five part harmonies going on the chorus and the song really rocked.  I believe it’s on our first DVD.  Head on over to the Fusco-Moore Store (link at the top of the page) and check it out.

I’m looking forward to my trip tomorrow.  Maybe I can do some mobile blogging on my iPhone!  Then you can experience scenic Lenox, MA, too.  Until (dreaded) Monday, have a great weekend and enjoy tonight’s acoustic cover song music video!

“Trouble” (Pink Cover)

Originally posted 2010-03-22 18:30:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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By Chris Moore: 

Hello and welcome to another week of all-new high quality Laptop Sessions acoustic cover song music video blog material!  (Now, that’s a mouthful!)  We’ve got an exciting week lined up for you regular visitors:  one classic Laptop Session post each for Monday and Tuesday, another Phish Friday with Guest Sessions contributor Jeremy Hammond, the final edition of “Yes, No, or Maybe So: One-Sentence Reviews of 2009 Albums” (finally!), and of course, another edition of “The Weekend Review” on Sunday.  And you never know what impromptu posts will surface to cover Wednesday and Thursday.  For instance, I’ve got more than a dozen “Yes, No, or Maybe So” ‘s on the way soon, not to mention my “Top Five Rock Artists of the Decade” series that’s stagnated; it’s all a matter of timing. 

April break is coming… 

For tonight, let me begin by explaining my song choice.  You may be wondering, “Pink?  The woman?  Really?”  Well, as you can see with even a quick glance at the freeze frame below, I’ve recently undergone a serious haircut.  As part of the NHHS English dept. team, I participated in the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser to fight children’s cancer last Wednesday.  I’m not going to lie: it was a bit scary.  For one thing, I’ve never had my hair this short.  For another, I’ve had issues with my scalp being dry and itchy for years, so I didn’t know what it would look like once the hair came off.  Thankfully, all went well.  After the event, my team went out to Harry’s Sports Bar & Grill, which a few of us thought was fantastic — I mean, come on, that’s a Dr. Keck-sized pun (watch it!) waiting to happen.  

We must have looked like a band of skinheads, based on the looks we elicited from the weekday crowd… 

Back to the music.  Weeks ago, I knew that this would be coming up.  I realized that it coincided with the season premiere of the AMC original show Breaking Bad that Dana got me hooked on last year.  I took the time to look up the music that has been used on the show over its first two seasons, and I found several songs that I liked.  The wildest one, I thought, was Pink’s “Trouble.”  If I could pull off an acoustic cover of that song, now that would be fun.  I learned it that day, and I forgot about it until earlier this weekend.  I can’t tell you how weird it was to take a Pink song seriously, but I have a newfound respect for at least this song.  It’s a pretty straightforward number, and it was fascinating to me just how easily I translated it to a solo acoustic performance. 

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In other Laptop Sessions news, I finally went back to my “Yes, No, or Maybe So: One-Sentence Reviews of 2009 Albums” post.  I hadn’t updated it since September 2009, so I figured it was about time I finished it off.  My main reason for neglecting it for so long was that I realized mid-way through last year that  it would make more sense to publish each review as its own post.  I’ve been doing that since 2010 kicked off, and it’s been so much more fun than the old system.  I not only added the new 2009 albums I listened to since the previous update, but I also went back through the existing entries and adapted them to the slightly new rating system I’m using now.  Essentially, each “Yes, No, or Maybe So” review has five components:  the rating, the release date, the one sentence review, the top two tracks, and an image of the album cover.  I didn’t go back through and add cover images for all 30 or so albums, but I did match them to my new rating system.  Under this easy system, an album can receive one of five scores: Yes, Maybe So, Maybe, Maybe Not, or No.  This is in line with the classic five star rating system that I use for the Weekend Review.  Over the past several months, I’ve been reconsidering my older reviews.  The more I listen and write reviews, the more I want the perfect “Yes” to be an elusive rating, a true five star record.  Before I added the “Maybe” as an option, I found that there were simply too many “Maybe So” entries that didn’t quite deserve that score, but weren’t in the “Maybe Not” range either. 

Long story long, it seems that there is a learning curve to be expected with all things. 

Outside of the head shaving and blog posting, life has been good recently.  Busy, to be sure, but good.  I’m still deep in the middle of a Star Trek: Voyager viewing marathon with Nicole, and I couldn’t be happier to indulge my dorkier tendencies.  I’ve also been busy musically in a couple different ventures.  The first is my next album, titled simply The 2010 Project for now, that I’m only just now taking seriously.  After almost four years since Love Out of Fashion, I decided it was about time I took some ownership of my next project.  So, I’ve polished and restrung my acoustic and electric guitars, borrowed my sister’s bass guitar, and taught myself how to use loops in GarageBand.  There are only two missing pieces that I am in the process of researching:  first, a guitar pedal to replace my Zoom pedal (lost to battery acid damage…) and second, a good USB microphone to record vocals, harmonica, etc.  I’ve had such an itch to record recently that I’ve been playing around with demo versions of some of the fully written songs. 

I’m excited that they don’t sound nearly as cheesy as my previous attempt at synthesized drums on Looking For You‘s “Shut Up, Bob”! 

Outside of the recording, I’m still deciding which songs will make the cut, what concept/theme I think should drive the record, and I’m still writing verses, middles, and lyrics to finish off several songs that have been incomplete for days, months, or even years.

My other project involves the band I’ve jammed with on and off since I first started teaching.  This go-round, there are five of us — a lead guitarist, me on rhythm (electric!), a keyboardist/harmonica player, a bass player, and a drummer.  They’re all terrific musicians, so I definitely feel like I need to be on my toes constantly.  Specifically, we’ve been practicing to play two songs for the Teacher Talent Show this Thursday: a parody of Bob Marley’s “Jammin'” (based on the challenges of using the Xerox copier at school) and a parody of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”  I haven’t really rocked out since MoU’s last show, so being up on stage Friday to rehearse was great.  We’re playing in the school’s beautiful theatre, and my bandmates have furnished us with some powerfully loud amps.  We jammed on each song for about fifteen minutes straight last Friday, and I played “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” until I thought my left hand was going to fall up and all the muscles in my arm would snap.  Any guitarist who’s played rock music knows that this discomfort is all code for having a great time!

So, at long last, I’ll leave you to my cover song music video for the week.  As for me, I’m off to the BK Lounge to kick off TNA night part two (after last night’s very entertaining PPV).

See you next session!


“You’re Sixteen” (Ringo Starr Cover)

Originally posted 2008-09-29 00:42:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Jim Fusco:

Welcome to a slightly-belated Monday, Monday edition of the Laptop Sessions!  Due to Rosh Hashanna celebrations, Jeff asked if Mike could step in.  When that didn’t work out, it was left up to me to fill the space so the Laptop Session a day project can continue!  I’ll have tonight’s video and tomorrow’s, as well, so Jeff will replace my regularly-scheduled acoustic cover song on Friday.  Whippee- no video for me until Monday!

Tonight, you get Ringo Starr’s only Number One Billboard Hot 100 hit in “You’re Sixteen”.  This has to be one of the most fun videos I’ve ever done and if you watch it, you’ll know why.  My version even features the famous kazoo solo, originally played by one Sir Paul McCartney!

I love listening to random mode on my iPod (the “old” 80 gig model).  I heard this song again (I’ve known it for years- who hasn’t?) and then decided to listen to the entire “Ringo” album.  What a great one, including (no pun intended) the song “I’m The Greatest”, which I believe was written by John Lennon.  Ringo always did collaborations well.  Fans will hopefully remember “Never Without You” that he did for George Harrison with a guitar solo by the great Eric Clapton.

I suppose I should give Ringo songs a rest for a while, as I’ve done two recently.  Which one, you ask?  Well, the best way to find out these things is to visit the Laptop Sessions music video blog every single day, but if you missed it, you can just go to the Categories menu in the left bar and click on “Ringo Starr songs”.  Until tomorrow, have a great one!