Thanks again to Jeff for coming up with “Original Wednesday”, as I think it’s a great way to work some of our own material in here!
Today, I’m doing one of my songs from an album I made back in late 2003 called “That’s All…”. I couldn’t stop listening to this song (yes, I listen to my own music quite a bit- I think I should be making music I actually like listening to!) so I decided to make it my first non-Christmas original here on the Laptop Sessions.
I like the way the verse isn’t very “standard”. I don’t exactly know what prompted my creation of it, but it’s always stuck out as both unique and meaningful.
Problem is that I don’t really remember the meaning, either! Actually, I can take a pretty educated guess: Basically, the song says, “I gave you everything. You could’ve had anything. But when I ask for a little something in return, you tell me I’m greedy and hold it against me.”
I must’ve felt this way, as most people do in a relationship at one time or another. I think it made for great song material!
Well, as they say, a Laptop Session a day keeps the doctor away! They don’t? Well, anyway, here’s your daily dose of great music from Jim, Chris, and Jeff!
Hello and welcome to another week of rock’n’roll related intrigue at the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover song music video blog! This is an exciting time for the blog, as we have consistently been pumping out more quality material for you than any time since the session-a-day project ended. This week, for instance, you can look forward to your typical Monday and Tuesday excellence in cover song music video form, a final Jimi Hendrix-themed edition of “Yes, No, or Maybe So, Retro,” two more installments in the “Top Five Rock Artists of the Decade, 2000-2009” list, a Guest Session on Friday by an all-new contributor (bringing back an oft-covered band), AND it’ll all be tied up by a full length Weekend Review on Sunday.
Not bad for a free blog…
Tonight, I bring you “Wilted Rose,” a song from the Vanity Project’s 2005 self-titled debut release. For those of you unfamiliar with the Vanity Project, this is the title of former Barenaked Ladies co-frontman Steven Page’s solo album. Well, it’s not technically a solo album in the strictest sense of the term, but for all intents and purposes, The Vanity Project is a Page solo album populated mainly by collaborations with Stephen Duffy. Page and Duffy have been swapping lines and tunes for years, and many of their co-written efforts have been recorded by the Barenaked Ladies. Here, Page is able to record those songs that simply weren’t a clear fit for the Barenaked Ladies.
I couldn’t believe one of us hadn’t already recorded this song for the blog — after all, it was included in the official MoU chordbook, even though it was only a rare live track. In addition, this is the right time to have Steven Page on the brain, as the first of two Page solo efforts is due in stores tomorrow. Now, tomorrow’s release is the less-anticipated A Singer Must Die, a collection of ten cover songs performed with the Art of Time Ensemble. Although I’m much more interested and excited for his first solo album proper, Page certainly picked out some interesting tunes to cover — the title track from Leonard Cohen and “For We Are the King of the Boudoir” by the Magnetic Fields to name a couple. Some of his other choices boggle my mind — why re-record “Running Out of Ink” so soon, for example? Or why attempt an Elvis Costello deep track like “I Want You” when Fiona Apple’s cover version is already the quintessential take on it?
Overall, I can’t imagine quite what this album will sound like, but I’m very excited to hear it. There’s only one problem: even Newbury Comics didn’t include it on their “new releases” list.
You know your release is under the radar when not even Newbury Comics is aware of its existence.
I honestly would have pre-ordered it to get it complete with Page’s autograph, but I couldn’t see spending the full price of the CD plus a considerable fee for shipping and handling. Thus, I’ll need to get creative and soon!
Until you get a chance to listen to (or even find) A Singer Must Die, I hope you enjoy my music video of the night.
As they say- one hand washes the other. I helped Chris on Monday with his Sugar Ray video and tonight, he helped me with my original song, “That Was the Day”. It’s truly a shame that it’s been this long here on the Laptop Sessions before we’ve done this original song. I’d say, as unknown Jim Fusco original songs go, this is my most “famous”, as it’s been a staple in our live act and a fan-favorite for four years now. Actually, I can’t believe it’s only been four years- hard to imagine a time when this song didn’t exist.
“That Was The Day” is a song written about the day I met my fiancee Becky. I had a talk with Chris Moore about the “fact” that a perfect girl didn’t exist. I said to him, “Well, if she does exist, I’m definitely going to take advantage of the situation.” I’m not saying Becky is perfect- no one is- but, it was only a day or two after that conversation that I met her, and instantly knew she was the one. It’s been over six years since that day.
This song just poured out of me one day- rarely in songwriting do I get so inspired and just get the whole tune, chorus, and middle sections out so quickly. I knew that this would be my “single” for my current album of the time, “That’s All…”. Of course, the song didn’t go anywhere, but whenever we play it live, I notice the heads looking up and noticing the band. That’s always a good feeling.
In a hilarious note, I couldn’t walk for a full five minutes after this take. Something about the way I was standing with one leg on a stool made my left hip just give out. It felt like someone hit me with a crow bar!
In a completely unrelated note, Chris and I just got through watching the debate tonight between Obama and McCain. We don’t get political on this blog (although I would bet good money that Chris, Jeff, and I are all on the same page…along with my family), but the debate tonight proved one thing I’ve been saying for a while. Whether you’re a supporter of McCain or not, from my point of view, he just reminds me of a father giving you a lecture. He reminds me of the old VFW guys that used to lecture us “kids” in Boy Scouts back in the day about how we didn’t have respect and how they should be treated better because of their age and their service to this country. That may be true, but again, no one wants to hear it. It comes across as crotchety and annoying. I HATE being lectured to (or preached to, for that matter) and McCain literally makes me say, “Please change the channel” every two minutes.
Always one for consistency, Chris refused each time. I only remembered at the end of the debate: “Hey, it’s MY television!”
Enjoy tonight’s original song and I hope you’ll come on back for great acoustic rock cover songs from Jeff and Chris over the next two days. We’re excited to see America at the Wolf’s Den in Mohegan Sun on Saturday, so I have to make sure I post early! But, I have at least two new bands coming up during my next three videos. I can’t believe it myself, because it almost seems like there can’t be any more to do! Which new bands are they? You’ll just have to wait and see. Until then…
My new friend Dianne on Facebook asked me a while ago for the chords to my “classic” song, “That Was the Day” off of the “That’s All Jim” album. I remember coming up with this song oh so long ago about my future wife, Becky. Little did I know that we’d get married seven years later…
Anyway, I’m so happy to have a fan in Dianne and I finally get to post the chords and lyrics for all to see. I hope you enjoy! Don’t know how the song goes? Check out my YouTube acoustic video below the chords.
That Was the Day Written by Jim Fusco
Dm Em F D G (All on barre chords)
I remember the day a great man told me
Am7 D G
The perfect girl did not exist.
I said that if I should ever find her,
Am7 D G
I knew that I would not resist.
Dm7 Am7 Dm7 G
That was the day I met you; that was the day you stole my heart.
Dm7 Am7 Dm7 G
That was the day I met you; you were the one right from the start.
Dm7 C Dm7 G
And that was the day I met you; when I found out that you were true.
Dm7 Am7 Dm7 G
That was the day I met you; then I knew what I should do.
Right up to that day, my heart was hurting,
I never knew you’d come around.
I almost gave up all of my searching,
Right before you turned around.
(Instrumental break- all on barre chords)
Dm Em 6x
Dm Em 8x
F D G