“Bad Moon Rising” (Creedence Clearwater Revival Cover)

By Jim Fusco:

Well, since Chris usurped my Thumpin’ Thursday (copyright Jeff Copperthite), it’s been some time since I posted.  Well, tonight, I hope to continue my trend of exciting new videos with this one here: ANOTHER “new” band to the Laptop Sessions in Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR).

Also, this is two songs in a row with three main chords to it.  This was another one-take job for me and I’m happy to bring a new band to the video blog that a) everyone knows and b) has a song everyone’s heard of.

I don’t have the unique vocal styling of the original going on in this video, but I stayed pretty true to the recording.  This song is pretty interesting.  If you don’t really listen to the words, it sounds like an upbeat song that you’d probably smile while singing.  But, listen to the words, and you’ll hear a very dark story about a man who really sees negativity in most things.  He sees hurricanes, lightning, rivers overflowing, and most importantly, a truly bad moon on the rise.  I guess it’s about looming negativity on the horizon.

I hope that doesn’t ruin the song for anyone, but then again, that is what the lyrics are saying.  I think it’s funny sometimes that record companies don’t even listen to lyrics and just choose singles based on their “sound”.  I can see where they’re coming from (from a business standpoint), but think that a little more care should go into the process than just listening for a good overall sound.

Enjoy your Super Sunday edition of the Laptop Sessions today.  This will be my last acoustic cover song until next Saturday, as I’ll be coming at you with an original tune on Wednesday.  I hope that you got to watch Jeff’s version of my song, “The More You Stay” this past Friday- he did a great job as always!  See you Wednesday and don’t forget to come back for your Columbus Day video tomorrow!