Okay, so they might not be household names, but Jim Fusco’s acoustic cover song music videos have gotten some pretty interesting comments over the years. Here’s an ever-growing list of notable people that have become fans of Jim’s videos:
Geoffrey Cushing-Murray: This late-70’s Beach Boys lyricist wrote “Goin’ South” with Carl Wilson and even “Love Surrounds Me” with Dennis Wilson, which appeared on “L.A. (Light Album)”.
I enjoyed seeing this very much. It’s gratifying to know this song still has a life. Carl and I were very proud of it and hoped it would find an audience over time. Thanks again and good job. Geoffrey Cushing-Murray
Greg Douglass: He wrote the music to the #26 hit “Jungle Love”, made famous by Steve Miller in the late 70’s.
Wow. I co-wrote this tune, and this is impressive. Works well unplugged! Good work, dude…Wrote the music & played guitar on the track, as well as touring with Steve for a few years. Again, cool job. Always fun to see something I’m involved with re-interpreted.
Welcome to your Sunday, Sunday, Sunday edition of The Laptop Sessions here on the best (explitive) music video blog on planet earth. Don’t believe me? This is my 120th Laptop Session, Chris debuts his 100th music video cover song tomorrow, and I’m sure Jeff is knocking on that door very soon… All this adds up to over 300 music videos all done to perfection with love and care for the music that made us who we are. I suggest, if this is your first time here, clicking on the band categories in the left sidebar and clicking on your favorite band. I’m sure you’ll find at least one great acoustic cover music video in there!
On to tonight’s video. Well, after a long day at the Big E fair in West Springfield, MA, I had to come home to do my video. Regulars to the video blog know that I usually have quite a backlog of videos handy, but with my recent cold, that stash was depleted. I’m still not at 100%, but I can fake it, as I did tonight.
I didn’t realize that Brian Wilson did a cover of this song on his new album, “That Lucky Old Sun”. I guess it was on the Best Buy exclusive disc. I ended up buying the CD/DVD version, so I’m without the bonus tracks, but luckily Chris has them, as he bought the standard edition (some fan HE is! j/k) at Best Buy.
I saw Herman’s Hermits, or at least some derivitive of them, at the North Haven, CT Fair a couple years ago. They were really good. At least they had Peter Noone. I learned the Creed from the Office was actually a real member of Herman’s Hermits back in the 60s, and he plays a character of himself on the show. Needless to say, I don’t think Creed was at the North Haven Fair show.
This is an easy song to play, but it’s a lot of fun. It’s definitely one that you should learn if you’re just starting on guitar and also have a tenor voice. I’m sure Brian doesn’t sing it in this original key, but who knows- no one expected an album like TLOS during this stage of his career.
Stay tuned, folks. I, of course, extended New Bands Week by a day, but sadly, Chris will be ending that streak tomorrow. It’s okay- he’s been planning his big 100th Post Bash for a long time. And if his camera is still functional after seeing his chest hair, he’ll be back for Thursday’s video, as well. Until then!
Hey hey- it’s another Jim Fusco Tuesday here on the music video blog. Hopefully over the next few weeks, we’ll be putting some more time into the site and getting our views back and rockin’ once more. Tonight, I’m a little depressed because I have this great new HD video camera and can’t even use it for the Laptop Sessions yet. Why? Because I can’t get my microphone to work with it and it doesn’t work as a webcam. So, I’m really stuck. Turns out that the unit has a stereo microphone built-in, but the microphone input is only in mono. What’s the deal with that?
The video quality is very nice, however. It’s such a shame- I thought I had it all figured out. So, it’s back to the drawing board for me.
Moving on to tonight’s video:
Chris and I performed “Bye Bye Love”, the classic song sung by the Everly Brothers- yet ANOTHER band we haven’t done yet here on the best music video blog ever! Man, this is a good tune. We kind of look the Everly’s, too, don’t we? I’ve wanted to do this one for a LONG time now, but Chris and I operate on two different schedules and I never got the chance to grab him for the session. Things have calmed down a bit on his end, so we’ve gotten to do a couple of duets. This was a fun one, but I wasn’t in the greatest of moods after the whole camera thing.
It was going to be very poetic, as well, as this is one of the older songs I’ve done and we would’ve been in crystal-clear, state of the art, 1080p digital video. So much for that!
This song has an interesting structure. It’s not unlike other songs of the time- a very familiar tune to the chorus. But, the verses have this very interesting twist. They go to an E chord towards the end of each verse and it makes the song sound very unique when you compare it to other songs of the period. What a cool twist!
Make sure to check out the video I did with Chris, as well, (see below) as for the first time, I’m playing my brand-new lap steel guitar! The video came out great and I actually sound like I know what I’m doing on that thing! What a great sound- I’ve been looking for that sound for a long time and can’t wait to incorporate both that and my new 12-string electric into some original tunes.
Finally, to echo Chris’ sentiment, a friend and fellow musician, Tony Persia, died yesterday. He was one of the original members of Danny and the Juniors and played that great piano on ‘At the Hop”- one of rock music’s all-time classic songs. He was a good guy and always enjoyed talking to us. We even got to sing with him! I loved hearing his stories and he will be missed by many of us that loved to see him and hear him play year after year. I know he’s rockin’ somewhere with Elvis and John Lennon.
Have a great night, everyone, and I’ll catch you very soon for another Laptop Session. Will it be a duet? Will it finally be in HD? You’ll just have to wait and see- talk to you then!!
Acoustic cover of Michael Jackson’s song “Beat It,” from the 1982 Thriller album. I changed the guitar parts, creating an alternative version of this song which is okay for my acoustic version.
** EDITOR’S NOTE **
This is a moment I didn’t see coming…
Introducing the first Michael Jackson acoustic cover song to the Laptop Sessions, care of Guest Sessions regular Federico Borluzzi! For tonight’s installment, he’s come up with quite an interesting arrangement for this early eighties hit. On his YouTube page, Federico writes, “This cover is intended to be a tribute to Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, who’s gone too soon and whose death shocked me and the whole world. He left us a legacy of great songs, such as this one… I did an alternative, quiet and acoustic cover…”
I think you’ll agree as you listen that this is a fitting tribute, and it’s done in the Laptop Sessions tradition of stripping a fully produced (and sometimes over-produced) song down to its core elements. From the opening moments of the video, Federico sets a mesmerizing fingerpicking pattern that will guide the whole song, and is indeed one of the highlights of his performance.
I hope you enjoy this video — I know I did, and I couldn’t be happier to present this week’s Guest Session. Hurry back for new articles and announcements throughout the weekend!