By Jim Fusco:
I’m sooooo tired. No, I’m not quoting a classic Beatles tune- I’m really freakin’ exhausted! Something about driving an hour to the Buckland Hills mall, shopping, eating a TON at Red Robin, and driving an hour back just makes me so tired. Then, I realized it was my night for a cover song music video. It always works that way. My way of dealing with it? Honk the horn while driving down I-84.
As we gear up for yet another winter storm here in CT, I find myself really ready for Christmas, and just in time. Today, we dug ourselves out of the snow and I went to my parents’ house for a party with my father’s cousins- a yearly tradition. It was so nice, especially because Mike was there. Felt like old times. Mike and I would attempt to fit in with the older crowd, but eventually would just run downstairs and play with our Hess trucks, which we would get each year. Today, we got pizza from Fratelli’s in Wallingford. My parents had never eaten there before, but I tried it at work and loved it. So, I put my recommendation out there, and thankfully, everyone loved it.
I then went to do a video job (maybe THAT’S why I’m so tired) at the New Haven Lawn Club. It was a nice Jewish wedding. I only had to do the ceremony, but got paid for a whole job. And a few days before Christmas, that’s always a welcome thing. Chris, Dana, and I went on our trek (see above) after I got home, and that brings us to my cover song music video for tonight.
I’ve known “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” my whole life. I always found it interesting that my father said this song wasn’t really a big Christmas “hit” until after John Lennon died. Just like George Harrison’s music- the man’s albums went on being obscure and not available on CD until AFTER he died. Hey, at least they’re out now. Dennis Wilson is the perfect example of this phenomenon, except it took everyone about 25 years to re-release something after his death. And he was the most talented of them all.
I dedicate this song to my boss, Steve Mirabella, who suggested I do this for the Laptop Sessions. It’s so rewarding to find someone who cares about and loves music as much as I do and is actually interested in these cover songs music videos we do on a daily basis here. And yes, Steve, I found a much less annoying way of handling the Yoko Ono parts, so the song sounds much less….well, you know…than the original.
I hope you all enjoy this great Christmas song and heed its words- Christmas is a time for EVERYONE and it will come no matter the wars, hardships, unreasonable hatred, etc. It’s good to know that there’s an anchor in our lives like that. It allows me to keep traditions going and that makes me incredibly happy. I’ll see you back here again on Tuesday for another great Laptop Session! Oh, and tonight is my 150th music video, and here’s to 150 more!