Originally posted 2008-08-19 23:10:15. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
By Jim Fusco:
Welcome to your Terrific Tuesday edition of the Laptop Sessions! Tonight, I’m the first person to post using our brand new WordPress 2.6.1 version of the blog. Of course, on your end, you shouldn’t see any difference, but on our end, the difference is vast…and great. For one thing, our visual editor won’t mess with our code anymore, so we’ll be able to post chords to our cover songs more often than before.
Also, things seem to work a little better now, so I hope our sitemap and the live site will work a bit smoother than before. If not, we don’t have much of an option but to upgrade, but honestly, we don’t have the money for that right now. Did I mention that there’s a donation button on the left side bar? Right now, we have a package that’s only about $5 a month. In order to get “server priority” as they call it…which I assume means more server resources, the price goes up to $20 a month. That’s quite a difference for “server priority”. But, I do believe that it will help keep the site running quickly, as we already have over 500 posts and hundreds upon hundreds of pages. I hope many people will come to our site’s aid and give us a donation! Oh, and that includes you, too, Jeff, Mike, Becky, Sarah, Chris, Dana, Dave, Alberto, Matt, Stuffy, Palumbi, et al.
Okay, on to tonight’s video. Tonight is a classic one in terms of my live performances. The “band” of Chris, Jim, and Becky (see Chris’ post a few days ago) was formed in 2004 and we loved to sing this Barenaked Ladies song, “Maybe Katie” in concert. Then, we didn’t realize we were singing it in the wrong key- a half step below the original key. Rest assured that for this video, we fixed the error, as all the Laptop Sessions songs are always in the original key- the ONLY way it should be! Listen up, cover song musicians on YouTube and elsewhere: YOU REALLY STINK IF YOU DO IT IN THE WRONG KEY!!! There’s no exception to this- if it’s out of your range and you change the key, then you don’t deserve to do the song. I sang “Baby Please Come Home” by Darlene Love at our Christmas party in the original key and that song is ridiculously high. You didn’t see me take the easy way out. And this is why our motto is “Putting an end to bad YouTube covers FOREVER!” Wow, the tangents tonight…
Moving on, this song is off of one of my favorite albums, “Everything To Everyone”. I do believe that it’s probably their fourth best album behind “Gordon”, “Barenaked Ladies Are Men” (the almost 30-track version), and “Maroon”. This album has some input from the other band members, which if you’ve read some of my past rants, means a lot to me in a band.
We do “Maybe Katie” a bit differently than the album’s version in the sense that the BNL version has some heavy electric guitars on the chorus and middle sections. Our version is completely acoustic and has more of a “folk” feel to it. That’s what happens when you don’t have a drummer handy…that isn’t already reserved to play the solo like I am.
I hope you enjoy tonight’s Laptop Session and I do hope that you’ll consider donating to the site, even if it’s just a few bucks. Thanks again and see you tomorrow!