Far, far away from those city lights,
Em Bm Bm – Bbm – Am
Might be shining on you tonight.
Far, far away from you.
C G Em C G
On the dark side of the moon.
I long to hold you in my arms and sway,
Em Bm Bm – Bbm – Am
Kiss and ride on the CTA.
I need to see you tonight,
C G Em – C – Am
And those bright lights.
Oh, I know it’s right.
Deep in my heart,
Am G Em – C – G
I’ll know it’s right.
G – Bm
Em – Bm (Bm – Bbm – Am)
Am – C
G – Em – C – Am
G – Em – C – G
By the bed, by the light that you read by,
By the time that I get home to say goodnight.
I need to see you again
On the dark side, my friend.
G – Em – C – G
G Em – C – G
On the dark side…
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Hello and welcome to a brand new week. Thanks for spending a little bit of it here on the Laptop Sessions music video blog with the latest edition of “Chris Moore Monday.” No one understands the pressure I’m under! I mean, there’s a lot riding on this video — if I’m good, I’m helping your week get off on the right foot. If I’m not so good, then… Well, let’s not even consider that option.
For tonight’s selection, I’m doing something that I’ve only done once before…
…make an enjoyable recording! No, I’m just kidding. (Not about the “enjoyable” part, I hope…)
This is only the second time that I’ve recorded a song by not only one but two artists whose work I’ve never played before. Tonight’s subjects? U2 and B.B. King. (Jeff has already recorded U2, but B.B. King is a new addition to the blog.) Why, you may ask? Well, the big “New Music Tuesday” release of tomorrow, March 3rd, is No Line on the Horizon, U2’s first new studio album in five years. It’s already making waves, having received a five-star rating from Rolling Stone magazine. Now, I’m not often one to agree with Rolling Stone, but I am very curious about this album. After all, Rolling Stone has never given U2 the five star salute. Bono and company have come close, earning 4.5 stars for 1991’s Achtung, Baby, but this is the first time they’ve received 5 stars for an original studio release.
To be fair, this isn’t their first 5 out of 5 star experience — the band’s re-release of The Joshua Tree was granted 5 stars. I just listened to that album last night for the first time, and although I wouldn’t give it five stars, I very much enjoyed it. The first three tracks are a veritable U2 greatest hits, and there are several deep cuts that are great songs.
So, tomorrow is a new music Tuesday to look forward to. To hold you over, I’ve gone back into the U2 catalog and hauled out an oldie but goodie. “When Love Comes to Town” was originally released in 1988 on Rattle and Hum (a title that is taken from lyrics in the song “Bullet the Blue Sky,” from The Joshua Tree). This is a song I have always loved — there’s such an energy between Bono and King’s vocals and the addition of King’s guitar to the instrumental mix. I have always felt that the song had a timeless feel, and I would have loved to hear someone like Johnny Cash record a version of it. So, for my cover song music video version tonight, I’ve slowed it down a bit and taken it down an octave (which is convenient, since my vocal chords are no match for Bono’s typical soaring range!).
Just like I thought, this song has such a classic feel to it that it lends itself to a stripped-down acoustic arrangement. Still, my version is no match for the energy, emotion, and rocking presence of the studio version! (And I can’t quite figure out what “catch that flame” means… I sing “catch that plane,” which is what I’ve always thought he said, but the official U2 lyrics page says “flame.” Oh, well…)
I hope you enjoy this U2 cover, and I hope it tides you over until tomorrow’s release of No Line on the Horizon. Until then and until an all-new Jim Fusco Tuesday…
And a Happy New Year to you- I’m Jim Fusco back for another year of the Laptop Sessions. I’m also back with Number 200! That’s right, tonight’s video is my 200th and it kicks off a brand new year of great acoustic cover song music videos here on the most popular music blog that isn’t corporately-owned…well, I can’t substantiate that claim…
Anyway, I figured I’d kick the New Year and new decade off right with a New Year’s song in “Ding Dong Ding Dong”, a hit single off of George Harrison’s Dark Horse album. If you’ve heard the original version of this song, you probably wondered why George’s voice sounded so raw and raspy. No, he wasn’t taking vocal cues from his pal (and future Traveling Wilburys member) Bob Dylan. He was actually suffering from a terrible break-up when his wife ran off with his best friend, Eric Clapton. It forced the two friends to not speak for a long time (yes, significant others can change people and break friends apart, that’s for sure), but eventually they reconciled…once she and Eric broke up, too! That’s a fairytale friendship story if I ever heard one.
The title track from Dark Horse also features George’s gravelly vocals and it’s actually a nice tool he uses well on these somewhat bitter songs. I mean, George was always one to write songs against the “establishment” (like “Taxman”, “Not Guilty”, and “Devil’s Radio”), but this time, it was a more personal fight. One can only think that “ringing out the old and bringing in the new” has to be correlated to his estranged wife leaving the picture.
And, in the end, George ended up finding his real soulmate in Olivia Harrison, whom he was with until the end and continues to preserve George’s legacy to this day. Now there’s a woman who really appreciated and “got” him. So, it all worked out. I guess sometimes a broken heart is just an opportunity to find something (or someone) better!
I’ve always considered this a Christmas song- remember my post from a few weeks ago about my father’s famed Christmas Compilation tapes? Well, this song was on it. And even though it’s loosely based on the New Year and it’s idea of “starting anew”, it’s really not a Christmas song at all. But, you’ll still never find me listening to “Ding Dong Ding Dong” from January through October!
I’ve already recorded a video for next week- I was on a bit of a roll tonight. I could’ve done more, but work is really driving me into the ground lately. So, hopefully I’ll get more gusto in two weeks to record some more videos. My list is ever-growing. I have a great forgotten 60’s song lined-up, but next week’s video is a late-90’s Top 10 Billboard hit that is officially the song played most on the radio- it spent 18 weeks at Number One on the Billboard Airplay charts. That’s the most for any song- ever!
And I can’t believe we haven’t covered it. My only thought is that I’m the only one here that can sing the chorus, so I’m glad I finally got around to it. Look for some new bands to come in the near future, as well- it’s going to be another productive year of great cover song music videos…if I can find the time and energy to keep up with it week after week. Until next week, enjoy “Ding Dong Ding Dong” in LSHD (Laptop Sessions High Definition)!
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!