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I was a sailor; I was lost at sea.
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I was under the waves before love rescued me.
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I was a fighter; I could turn on a thread,
Now I stand accused of the things I’ve said.
When love comes to town, I’m gonna jump that train.
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When love comes to town, I’m gonna catch that flame.
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Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down,
But I did what I did before love came to town.
Used to make love under a red sunset.
I was making promises I was soon to forget.
She was pale as the lace of her wedding gown,
But I left her standing before love came to town.
I ran into a juke-joint when I heard a guitar scream.
The notes were turning blue, I was dazed and in a dream.
As the music played, I saw my life turn around…
That was the day before love came to town.
I was there when they crucified my Lord.
I held the scabbard when the soldier drew his sword.
I threw the dice when they pierced his side,
But I’ve seen love conquer the great divide.
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…
Welcome to what feels like “just another manic monday” (damnit, I just had to quote the Bangles – shoot me now). One of the busiest days of my…entire…existence. And I still found the time to bring a session to you today. Session-a-day must roll forth. Getting right there to the end of 2008 will see the release of 365 videos between four performers. Simply amazing that we are nearing the end of the year.
Ok, away from that, today’s session. I have to admit, this is a song i’ve known how to play for a long time, and i’ve kept it in store for a day like today where practice time was small at best. A hit by U2 from their album “The Joshua Tree” is the song “With or Without You”. This song, similar to a previous session by Tom Petty “Learning to Fly”, features a repeated four-chord pattern that plays through the entire song. Again, however, the original song is not based on an acoustic guitar so again, making it a Laptop Session is really interesting.
I did a decent job singing this one, but did mistime one word, and one chord slightly. Since I imagine many youtube viewers don’t read the entire description, i’m sure i’ll have to filter out some comments in the near future about those very small mistakes.
Anyway, enjoy today’s session, and make sure you’re here tomorrow for 100KJim’s newest session!
Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, Jeff’s acoustic cover song music videos are no longer on YouTube, but we decided to keep his cover song blog posts up. We figured these music blog entries would be good for posterity’s sake and because Jeff always gave such insightful posts each Session. We hope to see Jeff’s impressive catalog of acoustic rock songs here on the Laptop Sessions cover songs and original music blog again in the future. But, for now, please make sure to check-out hundreds of other acoustic cover songs from all of your favorite bands here on the Laptop Sessions music blog!
I would like to wish all of you a Happy Mother’s Day out there, and I would like to thank you for taking time out of your day to visit www.laptopsessions.com. I am proud to introduce another specialty week, and it is “Album Starter Week”. All this week (except Wednesday of course) we will be playing songs that are album openers. A good album knows how to draw a listener in, so you know bands always want the first song to be a real good one.
We will kick off album starter week with another song by U2. One of their most famous albums is “The Joshua Tree” and the song “Where the Streets Have No Name” is the perfect opener. It has a long fade-in with a nifty lead guitar by Edge. It does exactly what it is supposed to do.
I really enjoyed playing this session and I really feel this is a great solid cover. Again, I comment about Bono’s vocal range and how I have to strain my voice a bit to hit some of the notes Bono can hit regularly. Still, it is a “live” cover and I think with all things considered, I sing my heart out on this one.
I chose to close the song with the chords rather than the lead guitar because I thought that it sounded “empty” without the bass backing that the album version has. It works quite well though so I have no complaints.
I also did this song in one take, and it is the 4th Laptop Session in a row that I have completed in a single take.
Well anyway, Happy Mother’s Day to everyone out there. Make sure you check back EVERY DAY to see the songs we have selected for Album Starter Week. Jim will bring you his first song tomorrow, so make sure you visit http://laptopsessions.com/ to see it!
Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, Jeff’s acoustic cover song music videos are no longer on YouTube, but we decided to keep his cover song blog posts up. We figured these music blog entries would be good for posterity’s sake and because Jeff always gave such insightful posts each Session. We hope to see Jeff’s impressive catalog of acoustic rock songs here on the Laptop Sessions cover songs and origianal music blog again in the future. But, for now, please make sure to check-out hundreds of other acoustic cover songs from all of your favorite bands here on the Laptop Sessions music blog!