Today, Jim Fusco released his first new, original song in over five years! The track is titled “You Don’t Know Me” and will be featured on an upcoming album. For now, the song is available to listen to on SoundCloud for a limited time.
The song is written by Jim Fusco and all of the instruments and vocals are provided by him, as well, using his new home studio in Wallingford, CT. Please leave your comments!
And here it is- the end of the line. I can’t believe we’re already through all 14 days of my Rock’n’Roll Christmas celebration! Remind me to never do this again. 🙂
Today’s song is my original Christmas tune, “Christmas Morning”, that I wrote back in high school! I personally think every artist has ONE good Christmas song in them. And, to be honest, I’m not exactly sure that I’d ever be able to come up with another one as catchy as this one, so I don’t think I’m going to try!
I recorded this song for the first time back in 2004 for our Christmas album, “Our Christmas Gift To You”. At the time, I was just getting used to playing the guitar and recording with my digital 24-track. I had basic microphones, too. Now, I have a Cab Clone to record my guitars, various tube amps, high quality mics, compressors, preamps, and…the same 24 track mixer. But, if you’ve heard both versions, you can really tell a big difference. I’ll probably end-up recording this again in the future after my equipment gets even better!
My wife Becky helps me sing on this tune, too. I was going to have my brother Mike help out, but he was sick when he came home for Thanksgiving, so he couldn’t sing on it. Next time, though!
I hope you’ve had as much fun reading and listening to these Christmas songs as I have making them. It’s a pretty big accomplishment for me to do all of this while being so busy otherwise. I hope I can maybe just do one song a year from now on, just to keep me into the recording process. Enjoy “Christmas Morning” and have a Merry Christmas!
Welcome, one and all, to the new and improved Laptop Sessions Cover Songs Music Blog! If you’re a regular viewer, make sure to check out the homepage of LaptopSessions.com and see our new features and new redesign. It may not seem that different at first, but I think you’ll agree that it’s much easier to navigate, especially if you were a first-time viewer. And, for a limited time, you can get a free mp3 download of my album, “What About Today?” by subscribing to the music blog! That’s right- just enter your name and email address and we’ll send you new acoustic cover song music videos every week- cancel at any time, but keep the free mp3 download as our gift to you. Sounds like an infomercial, doesn’t it? 🙂
Tonight’s video will also be the last one in HD (there may be a couple of instances where I can’t get the HD camera, though). Today, after a scare, I got our new HD video camcorder! It’s a Canon HV10 and man, what a good deal we got on it. I found it on eBay in Canada and paid literally a third of the price for it. It’s basically brand-new and came with a whole bunch of accessories and extra tapes. But, don’t go thinking I went out and bought a camera just for this- I got it to finally play back our wedding videos (which were shot in HD) and edit them onto Blu-Ray. I can’t wait to see how it came out! Not too many people these days gettin’ married in HD.
I’m also posting this relatively early tonight in hopes that my music partner Steve will be able to see it before he goes to bed.
Tonight’s video is a slightly obscure one from Paul McCartney from his 1997 album, Flaming Pie. What a great album. Steve and I played for about a half hour extra last Thursday, just going through every song on that album. I’ve written about my love for Flaming Pie in the past (click on the Paul McCartney category in the upper left on the sidebar to see my other posts), but this is actually good timing because I haven’t recorded a McCartney song for months. Plus, I have Steve with me, playing his usual great guitar and singing the bridge with me.
“If You Wanna” is just a good driving song- when Paul McCartney got together with Steve Miller for a writing session, he promised himself he wouldn’t write an Americana driving song….so much for that idea. But, it was really fun recording this one- Steve and I always get so pumped after a good take. And this one was ONE TAKE! We had never even practiced it before! We just went over the structure once and hit record. Such is life when you’re running on a tight schedule. I keep hoping for the days when we can have a lot of time to just jam and record a bunch of tunes.
Of course, you’ll see me playing our colleague Noreen’s beautiful Gibson 1967 12-string acoustic, which never sounded better. I’m hoping she’ll let me borrow it next week so I can record a song from a sorely underrated band. That song will usher in the “holiday” (there’s a clue) season nicely. Speaking of the upcoming holiday, I’m incredibly excited!! I can’t wait to finally play some video games, eat, and go shopping for someone else for a change! We’re hoping to do the midnight madness at our local chain of outlet stores. Don’t worry, I don’t plan on trampling anyone for a TV at Wal-Mart or anything. We’re just looking forward to a really cool opportunity to ring in my favorite time of year: Christmastime! You know, we’ve recorded many Christmas songs already- you should check out some of those acoustic videos by choosing the “Christmas Songs” category up top.
I hope you enjoy tonight’s collaborative effort and I’ll be back next Tuesday with an all-new video in HD for the first time! See you then.
Welcome again to the Open Mic Sessions with me, Jim Fusco!
Today, I bring you the title track to my 2009 album, “Halfway There”. This is a very special video for me, as this original song live video was selected as one of the top three Instagram videos in the Sam Ash music store open mic video contest! From there, it went on to win the national Open Mic video contest title! I was given a $100 gift card to Sam Ash and I’m so glad an original song of mine got that kind of recognition. It was even featured on Sam Ash’s homepage once it won!
“Halfway There” was a concept I had for an album. Basically, I was growing up and had to come to terms with getting a job, getting married, and potentially giving up some of the lofty goals I had for myself in previous years. So, a lot of that album has to do with that sentiment.
But, you know something? I realized along the way that I’m pretty happy where things ended up. I realized that I didn’t really want to spend all of my days and nights trying to get gigs, living in perpetual poverty, and holding down some menial job until I hit it big. Now that I have a normal “day job”, it’s given me the flexibility to have a nice home and to get some of the guitars that I’ve always wanted. And, from everything I’ve heard and read, fame isn’t really all it’s cracked-up to be. I hope to make a name for myself with these Laptop Sessions acoustic cover song music videos online (and maybe get recognized for it someday), but that’s something I can do in my free time. Problem is, like everyone else that’s married and has a house, I don’t have much free time!
Anyway, I hope you enjoy what I’ve been able to do on my little free time lately. Going to these open mic nights has brought me out of my comfort zone, but its also ignited my love for playing music again. I’ve met some interesting people, too. Stay tuned for more, as I continue to dig into my catalog of original songs and play at open mics around the state.