“Got My Mind Set On You” (George Harrison cover)

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of the Laptop Sessions! Been a busy year, pandemic and all. I was happy the old radio show cast got together virtually a couple weeks ago- what a fun show and I’m glad the tradition is still alive.

Last night, I realized that I had recorded a bunch of cover song music videos for YouTube a while back but never posted them! So, I decided to start uploading them and will post from time to time until I can record some new ones. I have a new “set” here at home that I’m looking forward to debuting, so let’s see if I can actually get to that in 2021.

Tonight’s song is “Got My Mind Set On You” by George Harrison, a #1 hit back in 1987 and a great song, even though George didn’t write it. When I was just three years old this song came out and because we played it all the time in the car and such through the late 80’s, this album really sticks with me now. To me, it’s what music should sound like, so clearly what I heard at age 3 or so is what shaped my current taste in music. The fun part now is that this is my son’s favorite song, which he plays every night on our Seeburg V-200 jukebox! So, I guess things have come full-circle.

Translating this into an acoustic version was interesting, as it doesn’t have the horns or that sweet, sweet late-80’s production quality. But, as usual, the Martin MMV acoustic guitar was up to the task and I really like the way this one turned out. And, as you can tell, I’m a Mets fan, so please feel free to comment on that… 🙂

I hope you (and by “you”, I mean my kids) love my version of “Got My Mind Set On You” by George Harrison. It’s a great song and I hope the cover lives up to it! Take care and I’ll be back again with more acoustic cover song music videos from the Laptop Sessions!

“When We Was Fab” (A George Harrison Cover)

By Jeff Copperthite:

I’m proud to bring you another installment of The Laptop Sessions, and I also want to show my classic rock side as well.

Today’s installment is from George Harrison, who coincidentally Jim did a song from yesterday. This is one of his more known songs. The double meaning in this song is a terrific one that any Beatles fan will tell you about.

This song is tough to play on acoustic – let alone sing along to as well. Hopefully you will enjoy my effort.

Stay tuned for more Laptop Sessions, and thank you to all that have commented or watched our previous installments. There will be more no doubt!

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, Jeff’s acoustic cover song music videos are no longer on YouTube, but we decided to keep his cover song blog posts up.  We figured these music blog entries would be good for posterity’s sake and because Jeff always gave such insightful posts each Session.  We hope to see Jeff’s impressive catalog of acoustic rock songs here on the Laptop Sessions cover songs and origianal music blog again in the future.  But, for now, please make sure to check-out hundreds of other acoustic cover songs from all of your favorite bands here on the Laptop Sessions music blog!

Best Covers of 2012: A Weekend Review Special Edition

By Chris Moore:



As I have previously written about, covers are typically of little interest to me (which is, of course, ironic when considering the large number I have played over the years).  Of course, I typically end up hearing a few that stand out, and this year, they were almost all on the Amnesty International charity album Chimes of Freedom.  Sadly, though the compilation included over seventy songs from a vast range of artists, there were only a handful worthy of recognition.  My favorite cover song of the year, however, is the one unearthed on the soundtrack to the Martin Scorcese documentary based on George Harrison’s life: it is Harrison’s cover of his friend Bob Dylan’s song “Mama You’ve Been On My Mind.”  It is a stripped down, acoustic cover, but it is brilliant and the beauty radiates warmly from this simple yet nuanced performance.


1)  “Mama You’ve Been On My Mind” – George Harrison

2)  “One Too Many Mornings” – Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and the Avett Brothers

3)  “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” – Brett Dennen

4)  “Mr. Tambourine Man” – Jack’s Mannequin

5)  “Ring Them Bells” – Natasha Bedingfield


Honorable Mention:

“Ballad of Hollis Brown” – Rise Against

“Rocking Chair in Hawaii” (George Harrison Cover)

By Chris Moore:

My first official laptop session of the new year! I’ve been listening to 1970’s George Harrison this week–Thirty Three and a Third and George Harrison–but I was reminded today of this track off of his 2001 posthumous release Brainwashed. It’s such a simple song, but it was easy to learn and fun to play, so here it is!