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By Chris Moore:
Hello and welcome to another week of brand new cover song music videos! For me and Jeff, this week isn’t just another week, though. I’ll be back in school on all but Wednesday this week, so it’s the beginning of the end of summer.
As with every summer in my life, this one wraps up with me having accomplished some tasks that I’m proud of, and yet falling short of doing all that I wanted to. As Jeff pointed out in last week’s post, the summer certainly does fly by. If you’re an ambitious person — like myself — and yet a person who puts value on relaxation during the summer — like myself — then you’re bound to feel like you’ve fallen short (watch it!) by the end of August.
On the plus side, I spent an incredible amount of time this summer playing guitar. I have played my own songs as well as some of my favorite Laptop Sessions cover songs repeatedly until I can now comfortably pick up and play about twenty different songs without worrying about forgetting lyrics or chords. Unfortunately for me, my mastery of a song — whether a cover version or an original — fades over time, so this practice was a process. In the midst of all this playing, I’ve been bitten by the writing bug, and I have written ten songs over the past couple months. Of the ten, five are complete and five have some more work to be done, namely lyrics here and middle eights there. I’m really excited about this set of songs, and when I combine them with the best from my previous four years of songwriting — yup, it’s been a whole four years since Love Out of Fashion — I have a set of songs that I’m really proud of.
Now the only problem is what to do with them…
Jim offered his services as producer, drummer, and instrumentalist extraordinaire on my next album as a birthday present last year, and I gave him some demos a while back which we talked about a bit. However, now that I’m not living with him, it presents a difficult situation in terms of really living with the songs and playing, recording, listening, mixing, and otherwise playing around with the tracks as the album is in progress. At home, I have the facilities via my MacBook to record demo-quality tracks with layered vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, and harmonica, but I really should invest in a higher quality mic. And, without drums, what’s the point at this, well, point?
So, for now at least, the songs remain as demos. I’m itching to work with them, though, so it’ll only be a matter of time before I work out a plan for how to put these songs down in some enjoyable format.
Without further ado, I bring you my Laptop Session of the day, a cover of Sister Hazel’s “All For You” from their 1997 album …somewhere more familiar. This band is most definitely what you would refer to as a one hit wonder, as “All For You” reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Unless you count #59 as a hit – which is the height reached by their 2000 single, “Change Your Mind,” the highest charting of any subsequent single in their career – then they are one hit wonders indeed.
Just last week, Sister Hazel released Release, and I decided to try it out. At the same time I was in Newbury Comics, I came across a used and very cheap used copy of their aforementioned 1997 album, so I picked that up as well. The older album is very ambitious with Lennon/McCartney-esque harmony duets on every song (a la “All For You”). The instrumentation is very catchy and impressive, even if all the songs do start to sound the same after a while.
Regardless, I’ll be listening to the new album this week and I’ll get back to you. For now, though, I ask you to direct your attention to the video below, and I kindly remind you not to close this tab until you’ve come back tomorrow for Jim Fusco Tuesday and then again for Jeff’s “Thumpin’ Thursday.”
See you next session!