By Jim Fusco:
Actually posting on Tuesday night for once! Well, there’s only one word to describe tonight’s acoustic cover song music video: ambitious!
Tonight, myself and my fellow Traveling Acai Berries, Steve and Chris, bring you another Beatles cover song, “A Day in the Life”, the masterpiece final song off of the masterpiece album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. This song is filled with great piano playing, wonderfully crafted lyrics, and a multi-part structure that rivaled the type of “three minute masterpieces” Brian Wilson was producing at the time.
But, we give you the song in its purest form- myself singing John and Paul’s lead vocals, Steve backing my (actually his) acoustic 6-string up with our colleague Noreen’s wonderful 1967 Gibson 12-string guitar, and Chris on his signature mandolin. Steve and I couldn’t believe how great this sounded acoustically- we just know the songs so well that we remember the little nuances. Steve plays some stuff on guitar that I always leave out because I think, “Eh, no one remembers that little thing”- and now we finally have those parts! And, this is only the second time Chris ever took a look at the music to this song- incredible.
I was lucky enough to sing both sections of the song. Isn’t it great how you get a typical “day in the life” of both John and Paul? Very interesting how they looked at a typical day. I prefer John’s method of telling the story, as he puts such an interesting humor on reading bad news in the paper, seeing a war movie, etc. Paul, on the other hand, gives glimpses as to what songwriting subjects he would touch-upon after leaving the Beatles (doesn’t the middle section of “A Day in the Life” remind you of “Another Day”?).
Now, since Chris Moore beat us to the punch on “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”, which we were preparing an AWESOME version of (complete with recorder solo at the end), we’ll have to save that potential video as a “bonus” video one of these days. Why? Because every day is another cover song you haven’t heard before on the Laptop Sessions blog!
Tonight is a very, very important night for the blog and one that I’ve personally longed for over these past two years. Tonight, we FINALLY match the number of “Wallflowers” posts with Beatles posts!!! Can you even believe that? 20 posts about the Wallflowers (that had two mild radio hits) and it took us this long (and basically a whole month’s worth of Beatles posts) to match it.
Anyway, we hope you enjoy our rendition of “A Day in the Life”. Hopefully, we can get the band together this Friday for some recording again- Steve and I have perfected an America song (I’ll let you ponder which one) and we’ve been practicing some more Beatles tunes (like “You’re Gonna Lose That Girl”, which could really use another vocalist, DAD, hint, hint…) and other ones from the Eagles and Rod Stewart.
So, stay tuned to the blog- we’ve got some exciting times ahead. One more month ’till move-in date for us, as long as everything goes smoothly! Have a great week and make sure to stop-back for Jeff’s Thumpin’ Thursday in just a couple days!