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Welcome everyone to another installment of the Open Mic Sessions with Jim Fusco! Today, I bring you another session from my gig at Sam Ash Music Store in New Haven, CT back on April 3rd, 2013. I went with my brother Mike while he was visiting home for his birthday. I remember wanting to go to another venue, but chose Sam Ash because they gave me a $10 gift card just for playing! Yeah, I go where the “money” is…
Anyway, it gave me an opportunity to play another original song from my 2012 album, “Those Around Us”. This is one of the faster tracks on the album, “Opportunities”, which features a great drum track from my brother Mike. As we know, tracks like that are great for pairing-down into the famous “Laptop Sessions” style of performing- just me and an acoustic guitar!
So, I hope you enjoy my original song, “Opportunities”. Stay tuned as I bring you more of the “Open Mic Sessions” here on the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs and original music video blog!
Welcome to Original Wednesday here at the Laptop Sessions! It only comes but once every three weeks for me, so you know I’m going to make it a good one.
Tonight, I bring you an original song I wrote with the help of my fellow MoU (at http://jimfusco.com/albums.html ) bandmates for our latest album, “Homestead’s Revenge”. The album is GREAT, and you can listen to the whole thing for free on our website.
This song is track two off the album and follows a very interesting pattern. You might notice that the verse never comes back after the first round. It just has the chorus and middle instrumental parts play again and again. You almost don’t even notice it only has that one full verse until you stop and think about it.
I recorded this video last night. That is, I recorded this video BEFORE I made my huge discoveries pertaining to my original and cover songs videos.
First, I found a great program called iGlasses that allows me to manually control the iSight camera in my Macbook. It’s about time- I can’t stand when the camera just decides, “You know what, why don’t I just make it a lot darker for no reason?” Now, I’ll be able to control the exposure and brightness (plus white balance and color controls) BEFORE I record the video. This will save me time and, as we video professionals know, will make the end-result a lot nicer looking. It’s much more difficult to fix something in post-production than it is to do it right the first time around.
Second, I finally got my ZOOM H2 to record at the same time my iSight camera does!! You see, iMovie HD doesn’t give you the option to record using a different audio source. It just says “Record with iSight”.
Well, I went out to the main Apple preferences, switched the input in there, and presto- crystal clear sound without that incessantly loud fan noise that comes from the laptop.
But again, this was all learned AFTER I recorded the videos you’ll see from me for about the next month. BUT, at least we know great looking AND sounding video for me is on the horizon.
And the best part? I don’t have to do any extra work! 🙂
Thanks for watching and keep spreading the word about our great acoustic cover songs and original music!
Welcome to another edition of the Laptop Sessions with me, Jim Fusco! Tonight, I bring you an original song that first appeared on my 2009 album, “Halfway There”. Let’s get the promo stuff out of the way first: You can buy the album “Halfway There” with 12 original songs on my website at http://jimfusco.com/albums/halfway-there.html. I play all of the instruments on the album and sing all the vocal parts, though there are a couple of guest appearances throughout. The album, which you can buy on iTunes as well as on CD, features a beautiful album cover painting from Ben Quesnel. I made him a website for his original artwork at http://bqartstudio.com. The album cover ties the whole album together- the feeling of being only “halfway there” in life.
“Tuning In”, tonight’s original song music video, is about two people that are having a tough time finding time for each other. As we all grow up and start to work for a living (after graduating school, hopefully), we find it hard to fit in all of the things we were accustomed to doing. I know I found it difficult. All of a sudden, your days are completely filled. Plus, when you get home, there are chores to do around the house, plus cleaning, cooking, and the laundry. No time is left over for anything fun anymore! My future wife and I were in that situation for a while. We eventually made everything work, but for a time, we would barely ever see each other.
I can recall the exact moment when I came up with the idea for this song, “Tuning In’. Every week, we would get together and watch the TV show “Boston Legal”. But, during this time period, we were both very busy, as I mentioned earlier. I recall seeing a pattern: the ONLY time we’d see each other was to watch this one-hour long TV show! Thus the line, “I’m tuning you in an hour a week…” Of course, looking back on it all, I’m sure I was exaggerating a bit. But, like I said, it was tough getting used to being so busy all of the time. We went from spending every waking moment together to only seeing each other when all the chores, homework, and day jobs were done…hardly ever.
I chose to do “Tuning In” tonight for a few reasons:
First, I like the song! Of course I do- I wrote it, right? But, this one always gets me because I love the style. I came up with that interesting strumming pattern (kind of start-stop thing I do with the guitar) and it’s got some cool chords thrown in there. Plus, I think it’s one of my best choruses up to that point in my musical career. It’s got a good hook and in the recording, I was able to use a neat vocal effect, too. I got three vocal background parts and recorded each of them twice. The result was a nice full effect that I borrowed from Bareknaked Ladies- they used the technique on their “Barenaked Ladies Are Me” album (specifically the song, “Bank Job”).
The second reason I chose “Tuning In” as my original song of the night was because I’m not quite ready to debut a new song from my upcoming album, “Those Around Us”. Yes, all of the songs are recorded, mixed, and mastered. But, I’m waiting for the album cover (again painted by Ben Quesnel- and it’s AMAZING) so I can produce the discs. I’m so excited, but I want to debut Laptop Sessions acoustic music videos of the new songs once I have a release date set for the new album. I’ll keep you posted- it’s going to be soon!
I hope you enjoy my original song, “Tuning In”, another step forward (in my opinion) as a songwriter and producer. And I hope you’ll check out the album “Halfway There”, as well- it would mean the world to me if you listened (and bought, of course) the album. Let me know what you think of “Tuning In” in the comments section!
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!