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!
Hello everyone and welcome to another new edition of the Open Mic Sessions! That’s the web video series where I showcase some performances from various Open Mic Nights throughout my travels in Connecticut (so far- that radius may increase!). I’m excited to bring you more original songs in my quest to play a different original song every time I go out there! At the pace I’m going, it’ll take me quite a while to cover all of my material.
Today, I bring you “How Are You Feeling Tonight?”, which is the last track off of my 2012 album, “Those Around Us”. This is a favorite of fellow Laptop Sessions songwriter Jeff Copperthite, as are most of my “album-ending” songs. I’ve always been critical of songs that various bands choose to end their albums. They tend to choose songs that are slow and introspective. I think “How Are You Feeling Tonight?” is also slow and introspective, but this song (the recorded version) has a good beat, too. It’s also got some biting electric guitar- some of my favorite guitar sounds I’ve done so far. I always want to send the listener off after listening an album with the want to play the disc over again. So, I try to put a catchy song at the end that will sound good juxtaposed with Track 1.
The original version of this song also contains block harmonies throughout the song. That’s kind of rare with me, which is odd considering how much I love harmony vocals. I can only really think of a couple other songs I’ve done that have harmony vocals throughout, namely “Never Outweigh the Chances” from my 2002 album, “My Other Half”. And that song was done like that on suggestion from my brother Mike, so it wasn’t even my own idea! I’m glad he made the suggestion, though, as I love the way that came out.
I thought this would be a good song to do solo acoustically in a live, open-mic setting. I wrote the song with an acoustic guitar handy, though I came up with the “How are you feeling tonight?” line while doing something else- probably just singing to myself in the shower or something. I liked the idea of that- many of us ask questions of those we care about, even though we already know the answer. Do we ask because we’re trying to confirm our suspicions? Are we asking to coax an answer out and possibly start a dialogue? Or, do we ask just out of concern? These are the types of questions I tried to explore during the writing of “Those Around Us”.
The funny thing is that I didn’t ask these questions consciously throughout the writing process for the album. After all of the songs were written, I realized the theme of the lyrics I was writing- analyzing the relationships between me and the people around me that I cared about…or used to, for that matter. I think someday I’ll look back on “Those Around Us” and will be thankful I delved-into that kind of thinking. I think it helped me understand the relationships I had (have) and the ones I wanted.
I hope you enjoy my open mic session of “How Are You Feeling Tonight?”, another original song here on the Laptop Sessions acoustic music video blog!
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 everyone to a very special edition of the Laptop Sessions with me, Jim Fusco! Today, I bring you a brand-new song off of my forthcoming album, “Those Around Us”! The album is being released this Friday, January 13th and today’s acoustic music video is your first taste of the album. The album will be available on CD for purchase on my website at http://jimfusco.com, so make sure to go over and check it out. As with all of my albums, you can hear the entire disc online for free before you buy! The album will also be available for download on iTunes in the coming weeks- I’ll be sure to post links when the album gets on iTunes.
“Those Around Us” is a collection of my latest songs- I’m extremely happy with the way it came out. I utilized some new instruments and techniques that really took my sound to next level. I even got the album professionally mastered! So, now when you put the CD into your player, it’ll be the same volume as the rest of the CDs you purchase. Plus, the sound is crystal clear with plenty of bass. It’s how I’ve always imagined my albums would sound if I had the technology and means to do it. Realizing this goal was a big accomplishment for me.
Like I mentioned, I used some new instruments on this album, including a lap steel guitar and a 12-string electric guitar. With the 12-string, I was able to get the Byrds/Beatles sound I love so much. It also opened up a new way of playing for me. The 12-string forces you to play riffs and finger-pick instead of just strumming chords. To me, this new technique makes each song sound more interesting with a lot more “hooks” that get stuck in your head! The other big musical addition to the album is the Wurlitzer 200A electric piano (sampled) I integrated into most songs. This classic sound filled-out my mixes without having to add an extra rhythm guitar. Again, it makes the songs all sound unique- you don’t hear the same instruments in every single song. And that’s why I’m so happy with the variety of instruments and techniques I now have at my fingertips. Of course, my new home studio (completed last February) is the perfect place to craft music. It’s comfortable and has everything I need…organized just the way I like it!
I’m trying my hardest to make “Those Around Us” my most successful album. But, that requires the help of my friends, family, and fans online. I need help getting the word out about the album. So, please send a link to your friends and share today’s Laptop Sessions acoustic video on Twitter and Facebook. Speaking of those, did you know you can follow me on Twitter @jimfuscomusic? You can also like my Facebook page. I really hope “Those Around Us” will be heard by a ton of people. That’s one of the reasons why I record my music- to share it with as many people as I can. But, it’s a tough job for one person (with a full-time job, a house, a wife, etc.) to do. So, please get in contact with me if you’re willing to help!
“Don’t Give Up”, tonight’s music video, is an original song I wrote a little while back. It was instantly one of my favorite ones to play and sing. I feel as if I’ve had this song in me for quite a while now. But, “Don’t Give Up” has a more mature sound to it, plus it’s sung in a slightly different (more confident) style. Now that I feel so confident with my instrumentation and vocals, I feel I can expand my songwriting more and take on more challenging subjects and vocal parts. You know, I never thought much about people who sing with “soul”, but honestly, that takes a lot of guts. It’s so much more comfortable to sing songs in your normal range. On songs like “Don’t Give Up”, I had to sing with a lot of passion to get my message across. I hope it worked!
And I hope you’ll check out “Those Around Us”- I’m sure you’ll love the album upon first listen and agree that it’s by far my best effort yet. Check back here on Friday for the announcement of my eighth solo album!