By Jim Fusco:
Welcome to the Laptop Sessions on your Friday night! It’s another late night for us here, as we’ve just completed a grand game of Trivial Pursuit Genus III, which I won, of course. But, just barely. I’d love to have them play with my father, “The Old Quizzmaster”, as he’d probably beat us in one turn.
Tonight’s song is from The Beach Boys, whom I haven’t done a song from in quite some time. Actually, tonight, I’ll be doing a song written by Bruce Johnston. It’s clearly the best song he’s ever written: “Disney Girls (1957)”. Yes, he did write “I Write The Songs” (one of the most famous songs of all time, sung by Barry Manilow), but I think this really is his best song.
I’ve always identified with this tune from the great “Surf’s Up” album. I’ve always wished for “better” or more pure times. I’ve always loved older music and even the vision of Christmastime in the 50s. Of course, now those values instantly are associated with political leanings, as Bruce has been vocal in the recent past about his political views. I never really made the connection between “the good old days” and the politics of those days. Personally, I believe that things were “simpler” back then only because that’s the way our memories work. Things probably weren’t as rosy as they seemed. But when you’re a kid, you don’t have to worry about money, taxes, property, family, etc. You just get to have a good time and experience life.
Anyway, I think I gave the video my best Bruce tenor, and I think it’ll stand as one of my more ambitious videos. I hope you enjoy my video tonight and I promise I’ll make up for this extremely short post next time! Stay tuned for more Beach Boys cover songs coming at you right here on the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog!