“Follow You Home” original song by Jim Fusco from “Those Around Us”

By Jim Fusco:

A little late with the post this week- I think I just decided that I write much better during the day and not at 2 am. ¬†ūüôā ¬†I’m still on a “Those Around Us” kick and I’m pretty sure those that have purchased the album are, too! ¬†Remember, the CD version of my latest album is available on my website at http://jimfusco.com/albums/those-around-us.html. ¬†And, it’s also available on iTunes HERE!

Today’s video is an original song that I wrote on piano- I haven’t had a piano-driven song like that since “What About Today?”, as all of the songs on “Halfway There” were piano-based. ¬†I wanted to get back into using the piano again, but only got one song out of it. ¬†It’s a pretty serious song, too. ¬†I had this idea of someone that got in a car crash and lost their memory. ¬†At that point, all of his friends and family would try to make him remember his life. ¬†And, he didn’t remember where he lived, so he had to “follow you home”. ¬†Most of the songs on “Those Around Us”, as I’ve mentioned here on the music blog in the past, don’t deal with actual things or people in my life. ¬†The songs’ subject matter is derived from ideas I’ve had and conversations I’ve had with the people closest to me. ¬†I think somewhere along the line I realized, “Hey, I’ve surrounded myself with good, level-headed people. ¬†There’s not enough to write about!” ¬†So, I took a new direction and thought of some other topics. ¬†Then, I applied my feelings about the matter- almost an exercise in how I would react to a situation. ¬†I like that concept- it makes me think outside the box a little.

I really like the production on the recorded version of “Follow You Home”. ¬†I got to use a great new Native Instruments sampled acoustic piano that I bought, so it sounds really great. ¬†Plus, I didn’t have to mic the real piano we have upstairs- that’s always more trouble than it’s worth. ¬†Also, I got to use the 12-string electric guitar to great effect in this song- I really like the idea of using the 12-string as a sort of second bass line- kind of like a riff that runs through the whole chorus. ¬†The harmonies on the chorus took some time to get right. ¬†On the second time around the chorus, I go to a minor chord (I love that change). ¬†But, it’s such a slight difference in the vocal note- it definitely took a few takes to nail it.

On a personal note, I cannot tell you how happy I am that the Beach Boys are reuniting this year. ¬†This Sunday, they’ll be playing at the Grammy Awards- I can’t wait! ¬†Also, I just bought the tickets to see them live at Mohegan Sun arena. ¬†I know it’ll be a great show and I hope they throw in a few surprises for us hardcore fans. ¬†I’ll definitely be hitting up the merchandise table that night!

I’m always looking for new avenues to distribute my album and for some places to play live. ¬†If any of the loyal readers of my Laptop Sessions music video posts have any suggestions, I’ll be happy to hear them. ¬†I’ll be back with a cover song music video in a couple weeks, so to tide you over until then, order yourself a copy of “Those Around Us”!

This is one in a series of acoustic cover songs, original music, and free mp3 downloads here on the Laptop Sessions Music Video Blog.

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