By Chris Moore:
Hello and welcome to my second to last Laptop Session of 2008! For my selection tonight, I’ve gone back to the formidable catalog of Bob Dylan. Specifically, I’ve chosen a song that I think everyone should hear — around this time of the year, especially.
“Forever Young” is a fairly simple and straightforward song, one about wishing someone health, happiness, self-confidence, and an overall high quality of life. I think it’s really interesting that Dylan recorded two versions of this song. Now, you may be wondering why this is out of the ordinary, as Dylan is well-known for recording multiple versions of the same song, often with various arrangements and different lyrics. However, in this case, both versions (each very unique) were included on the same album, 1974’s Planet Waves… Back to back!
I hope you enjoy my cover of this great song, and I hope you’ll accept it as a blessing extended from me to each one of you, each of you that has taken and continues to take the time to listen to my cover songs. It’s been quite a year with some great videos, some mediocre videos, and a few that stretched the range of what I’m able to do. And, at the end of this noble experiment we like to call “session-a-day,” I find myself being able to sing a song — this one, “Forever Young,” — that I wasn’t able to sing and play comfortably as recently as a year ago.
Before I leave you to watch the music video I’ve posted on YouTube for today, I’d like to thank Jim’s cousin Sarah for having us over tonight. Jim, Becky, Sarah, and I went to see Jim Carrey in Yes Man (and it was excellent fun!), eat at Luigi’s (where I had delicious scallops over ziti), and even got to play Wii tennis, dodgeball, and volleyball. Sarah and I were an unstoppable team, but Jim did beat me mercilessly in the gladiator event. It was good to get out.
And, as a final note, I just finished reading Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which was a Christmas present from my sister Jaime. It was an excellent book, and as I mentioned to her, I wish I had read it in high school, as I was trying to figure out some essential things about myself. That was in large part what the novel was all about — learning to understand and be confident about yourself before you can properly fit other people into your life. Now, I’m 25 pages into Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five and really enjoying it. Vonnegut is great; his final novel, Timequake, really impressed me, and I have no doubts that I’ll be equally amazed with this one by the time I’ve finished reading it.
Okay, but this is enough for now. You should go watch my video, and I’m going to go back to watching episodes from the eighth season of ER, one of my favorite shows of all time. I forgot how much I cared about these characters — Greene, Carter, Lewis, and others.
Hurry on back, now, for Jeff’s video tomorrow. Then, it’s one last time through the batting order before 2009!!
See you next and last (for 2008) session!