Cover of “Up from Under” by the Wallflowers. I did this with a freeware webcam recorder – sorry about that… Thus the audio and video are kinda crappy, plus that annoying watermark. But the vocals/guitar is all me, just a bit delayed.
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Ladies and gentlemen, let’s extend a warm welcome to the latest addition to the Guest Sessions team of performers… Ryan!
Ryan’s choice is an excellent one for an acoustic cover song. In fact, after all the Breach covers that Jeff Copperthite and I have done over the years (“Sleepwalker,” “Hand Me Down,” “I’ve Been Delivered”), we’ve somehow managed to miss this little gem. Breach really is an underrated album with a wide selection of beautiful songs, and Dylan and company strike a perfect balance between electric and acoustic work.
As Ryan points out above, the quality lags a bit on this music video. Still, I think you’ll find it to be a solid, faithful cover version with some great fingerpicking. He’s been watching the Laptop Sessions for some time, and I’m proud to welcome him to the blog via this performance. Seeing as how we were less than ten days away from the one year anniversary of our last Wallflowers post (Jeff’s February 27, 2009 cover of “I’ve Been Delivered”), we thank Ryan for sending this in just in time…
Here’s to many more great cover song music videos!
Okay, so they might not be household names, but Jim Fusco’s acoustic cover song music videos have gotten some pretty interesting comments over the years. Here’s an ever-growing list of notable people that have become fans of Jim’s videos:
Geoffrey Cushing-Murray: This late-70’s Beach Boys lyricist wrote “Goin’ South” with Carl Wilson and even “Love Surrounds Me” with Dennis Wilson, which appeared on “L.A. (Light Album)”.
I enjoyed seeing this very much. It’s gratifying to know this song still has a life. Carl and I were very proud of it and hoped it would find an audience over time. Thanks again and good job. Geoffrey Cushing-Murray
Greg Douglass: He wrote the music to the #26 hit “Jungle Love”, made famous by Steve Miller in the late 70’s.
Wow. I co-wrote this tune, and this is impressive. Works well unplugged! Good work, dude…Wrote the music & played guitar on the track, as well as touring with Steve for a few years. Again, cool job. Always fun to see something I’m involved with re-interpreted.
You know what I wish? I wish that I would wake up tomorrow and there would no longer be anyone on the entire planet who smoked cigarettes. Never mind the health risk — which, by the way, there are few ingestible products that come with a “may cause cancer” label. The concept of breathing tar into your lungs aside, let’s consider the ramifications to non-smokers on the road. For instance, I sat in a McDonald’s drive-through tonight for ten minutes and was delighted by not only the automobile emissions but two smokers puffing away. The breeze was such that my car was filled with noxious fumes.
In a sense, this was great, because the fish filet and large fries actually seemed healthy by comparison!
Seriously, though, what really gets me is the disposal of the butts. It’s happened so many times recently that I’ll be driving down the road and someone in the car ahead of me will flick a lit cigarette out of their window. I don’t know if it’s due to me being older, a generally law-abiding dork, a teacher of transcendental texts like Emerson’s “Nature,” or a combination of the three, but this is enough to drive me crazy recently. To paraphrase our friend Matt Griffiths from the WCJM morning show, it’s just enough to tweak my hypothalamus and send me into an uncontrollable rage!
I suppose I simply can’t imagine driving in my car, holding a lit piece of paper in my hand, and saying to myself, “I’m done with this. Why not chuck it out the window?” Since when did that become the acceptable form of cigarette disposal?! Think twice ye smokers, lest you piss off the drivers behind you (such as myself tonight when a highly tossed butt bounced off my car, lit ashes flying everywhere)…
For those of you wondering what this has to do with my post tonight, prepare to be dazzled. Well, maybe not dazzled…
Just as I have ranted about something that has bothered me and later wondered if it was too negative, so did Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam decide that he should try writing something positive. Out of a lengthier “stream-of-consciousness exercise,” we have the “better wishes” presented in this little gem of a song. It was an instant favorite of mine upon first listening to Pearl Jam’s 1998 album Yield. As with Binaural, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this album, as it sold less and seemed generally regarded as at least somewhat inferior to previous releases such as Ten and Vitalogy. But I love this album, and I love this song. For once, the song I love most is actually in my vocal range!
Okay, so that’s not entirely true. My first pick for a song to learn and play would have been “Do The Evolution.” For any of you familiar with that song, you should be sitting at your computer laughing at simply the notion of my attempting to sing a song like that! I understand my own limitations! That being said, you should take the time to search on YouTube for “Pearl Jam Evolution” and watch the official music video; it’s simply amazing — a very cool use of animation to visualize the lyrics to a song.
Along with my acoustic cover song music video tonight, I also send a shout out to my girlfriend Nicole who is a big fan of this song. (I hope you like it!) As she is currently in possession of my CD copy of the album and my iPod is tied up with my Bob Dylan playlist (518 out of 622 tracks!), I had to rely on my iPhone to listen to “Wishlist” tonight as I wrote out the lyrics and chords. What a Mac nerd I am… but I love it. Speaking of Macs, if I don’t end up writing a full review of U2’s No Line on the Horizon, please allow me to go on record saying that “Unknown Caller” has to be the worst track on the album for a number of reasons. It’s only redeeming quality is that Bono makes lyrical references (“force quit and move to trash”) that bely his computer loyalties…
Although I have so much more I could say — about Pearl Jam’s re-release of Ten tomorrow, this song, other music, the fact that my dad and I just bought tickets to see Bruce Hornsby at the MGM Grand on Friday(!), life in general — I think this is enough for one night! As a final note, please allow me to point out that this is officially the tenth post in the Pearl Jam category here at the Laptop Sessions, rounding us off to an even ten just in time for the re-release of Ten for tomorrow’s New Music Tuesday, March 24th, 2009!
For all you new music fans, don’t forget to stop by the blog tomorrow night for an all-new high-quality Jim Fusco Tuesday. I have it on good authority that he’ll be taking it to a WHOLE… NOTHA…. LEH-VAL….
Welcome to your Thumpin’ Thursday edition of The Laptop Sessions – not pre-empted by power failure!
I’ve got a great song tonight that is an album cut from The Goo Goo Dolls. They are another band I pretty much grew up with, and among the few that I have seen in concert more than once.
Tonight’s song is called “Burnin’ Up” and it’s the 2nd track. Robby Takac, their bassist, sings lead on this song. It’s funny that most of the songs that become singles for radio play are sung by their guitarist Johnny Rzeznik. They have even acknowledged that the songs he sings tend to have more commercial appeal. Takac was actually the original lead singer and sang most of the songs all the way through their first 3 albums.
One of the songs I have lined up for the future is actually a song from an even earlier album and it’s a humorous song as well. If you know their catalog, you will get the song right away (and it’d be appropriate for an acoustic cover – i.e. there is no mention of a baseball bat).
I got to go out golfing for the first time this year today, and shot a miserable +15 on a par 3 course. I did par one hole and get a couple of bogeys, but for the most part I played above par golf. I hope I don’t play this bad tomorrow when I play 9 holes at a regular course. I also have to do training for the next two weeks, so I may be uploading some videos early, and writing posts ahead of time. If you enjoy some early previews, be sure to check my youtube channel.
Well that’s it for this week. Seeya next week! 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!