By Jim Fusco:
Here on this edition of The Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog is a version I’m really proud of. My roommate and I did this version of the classic Beatles song “And I Love Her”. I think having two people perform the song (even though there’s only one vocal) really helps because it allowed me to play the solo and the little guitar riff at the beginning and end.
You know, I think “And I Love Her” would’ve been the perfect song to do on my “gut-string” (nylon, basically) guitar. But, there’s no way the sound of the solo would’ve risen above the steel-string guitar we used for the rhythm part. So, I was forced to use my steel-string acoustic guitar, as well.
One interesting aspect of “And I Love Her” is the key change in the middle. It’s almost indiscernible because the key change happens during the guitar solo. That made the second half of the song harder to play, of course. I noticed this same phenomenon in the Beach Boys’ #1 Hit, “I Get Around”. The same exact thing happens- the key changes in the song as soon as the guitar solo starts. The only difference? “And I Love Her” actually goes back to the original key at the end! Now, that’s a good piece of songwriting there.
I love this Beatles song, it’s fun to sing, and really shows how great the Beatles were, even at the beginning of their popularity. I know there are a lot of people that prefer the later Beatles work over their early stuff. But for me, the early Beatles music was something magical. These guys knew, from a very young age, exactly how to write a hit song. And, even for songs that weren’t necessarily hits, like “And I Love Her”, they were able to write an impressive tune that was as good (or better) than anything else at the time. In the Beach Boys, you had Brian Wilson writing all of the songs (Mike Love helped with lyrics, of course) for the first five or six years. It was only later in 1968 that the rest of the band members (especially Dennis Wilson) started contributing and showing their own genius as songwriters. But with the Beatles, you had both Paul McCartney and John Lennon at the top of their game right from Day One and that continued throughout the Beatles’ 8-year run. It was only an added bonus to get classic songs by George Harrison and Ringo Starr in there.
One funny thing: In the Beatles, obviously Paul McCartney and John Lennon were the big-shots. But, for me, post 1970, I prefer the solo music of George Harrison and Ringo Starr over almost anything that John and Paul did during their solo careers. You know that old phrase, “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts”, right? I think John and Paul were much better together than apart. I think the same goes for the members of the Beach Boys, including Brian Wilson.
By the way, sorry I missed Original Wednesday this week- I’ll make sure to post TWO videos next Wednesday! And stay tuned for more Beatles cover songs each and every week here on the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog!