By Jim Fusco:
Hello everybody and welcome to your Tuesday night fix of Jim Fusco’s Cover Song Experience! No, that’s not my new one-man band name- I’ve just been watching ‘Arrested Development” and was thinking of “Dr. Funke’s 100 Percent Natural Good Time Family Band Solution”, which I find incredibly funny.
Anyway, tonight I bring you a song that’s over 50 years old in Bobby Darin’s self-penned classic, “Dream Lover”. And I can’t believe it’s our first Bobby Darin song on the music blog!
There’s this radio show I listen to on WHUS radio (at the UCONN campus in Storrs, CT). It’s called “Rockin’ With Wayne” and I can’t get enough of it. He just plays all these songs from the 50s and very early 60s. So, I get to hear Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, etc. I just love those old songs. They’re so simple and all kind of sound alike, but they’re happy and innocent. Even the “downer” songs are just so lightweight that I can’t help but smile when I hear them. So, I’m on a bit of an oldies cover song kick.
Next week’s post will also be a song that’s over 50 years old- it’s even older than “Dream Lover’! After that, I have a lot of possibilities, including my new “deadly” musical interest that will appear on the blog soon…as soon as I can find someone who can sing and play guitar to help me out.
Getting back to tonight’s song, we’re talking about a fairly formulaic tune for the late 50s here, especially that middle section. But, what always made me love this tune is the great start-stop beat in the chorus. It’s so unique. And even though it uses only C, G7, C, and F chords (in that order), something about the melody there and the beat always gets me.
In other news, I had a great day on Sunday- Dana came over for “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” and we had a good time, even though I’m not that great at it yet. After that, my father came over and we all watched the Jets game. It was amazing! Mike came over, too, and we all had pizza and snacks. After that, we ordered TNA’s “Genesis” Pay-Per-View. And even though there were some startling moves like the new 4-sided ring, the new entrance ramp (which I saw in a WCW pay-per view back from 1991), the addition of Misterrrrrrrr…..Anderson, and a couple of title changes, it was a pretty good show. The AJ Styles heel turn was very unexpected- he’s aligned with none other than the Nature Boy, Ric Flair!
Lots of work this week, both at home and at my day job, so I’ll keep this post a bit briefer than usual. Is “briefer” a word? Sounds like someone who makes underwear…
Anyway, I hope you have a good time watching “Dream Lover” and will come right back here next week for another “Roots of Rock’n’Roll” acoustic cover song music video. Until then!