Hello and welcome to another edition of the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog! We’re back again with a cover song video from the Traveling Wilburys- their most famous song, “Handle With Care”. When I was four years old, this song came out and it’s one of my first musical memories. Plus, it’s been one of my favorite songs for 20 years.
We’ve been playing this song live for years. It’s usually the full electric set, but we’ve done it live and acoustically here for the Laptop Sessions music blog. As I’ve mentioned many times in the past, the goal of the Laptop Sessions cover songs blog is twofold. First, we want to put an end to bad YouTube cover song videos forever. And second? We want to give a different take on our favorite songs. This track, though mostly acoustically based in the original recording, is still not the same without George Harrison’s amazing lead guitar part. But, we figured it would make the song sound different to only break out the acoustic guitars and the bongos for this cover song video.
One thing I love about this performance is the energy our band, Masters of the Universe (or MoU), puts into “Handle With Care”. From the video, you can tell that we’re all having a good time singing one of our favorite Traveling Wilburys songs. The harmonies, though not perfect (or complete, without band member Becky), are still pretty good. And sure, the bongos are a bit louder than we would’ve liked. But again, this was a fun acoustic live performance. I think that having more energy in a video recording is even better than getting it note-perfect. That’s one of the reasons why Masters of the Universe earned a nomination for Best Album of the Year by the New Haven Advocate in 2006. We made an album that consisted mostly of our live set of original songs. The songs sound great, but if we recorded everything separately, it probably would’ve come out much cleaner. But, the thing that made MoU’s album stand out from the rest was the energy we had. The songs would start out slowly and gradually get faster as it went on. You can tell that the band is having a good time when something like that happens. Plenty of people can play music in a technically correct manner. But, it’s something special when you’ve got a band firing on all cylinders, playing music together in a circle. You can really feel the energy in that album.
I know this has been requested before, so I hope you enjoy tonight’s Traveling Wilburys cover song! It’s my tribute to both George Harrison and Roy Orbison, and you know I’ll be doing more songs from George, Roy, and the Wilburys in the weeks to come!
Oh yeah- welcome to the new and improved Laptop Sessions website! What, you don’t notice a visual difference? Well, great!
The only thing you should notice is how much faster the site is running and will continue to run. Our sitemapt program is chugging away and our site will be running at tip-top shape so we won’t have to turn those short-attention-span visitors away. You know on the Internet crowd only gives you like ten seconds before they get bored and leave. This morning, while we were still on our other server, I waited 26 seconds for the front page to load. Now, at least on my machine, it’s almost instant. And if I want to speed it up even more, I can fully transfer the domain to the new HostGator servers.
On to today’s video!
Chris and I wanted to do this song for so long, but never got a chance until recently. I love this tune, as I do with all the songs off of “Full Moon Fever”, and thought it would be great with that cool chorus riff and the harmonies on the bridge. So, of course, this has quickly become one of my favorite Laptop Sessions acoustic rock cover songs and I hope it’s one of yours, too!
I expect to do most of the songs off of “Full Moon Fever” in the future (except for maybe “Zombie Zoo”) because whenever I hear it, it just sounds like “growing up”. The album came out when I was very little, but we always listened to it in the car alongside the Traveling Wilburys. No “Wheels on the Bus” for us!
And how about Jeff’s video yesterday? Impressive, I must say. His voice was so sweet and it was a really good song, too. I think what I loved about the video the most was the easy-going flow of the song and Jeff’s performance.
You should really check it out! Enjoy the newer, faster Laptop Sessions website, as we continue to bring you an acoustic cover song or original song every single day in 2008 in the quest to solidify our spot as the greatest music video blog of all time!