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By Chris Moore:
Hello and welcome to another week of all-new material here at the Laptop Sessions blog, your source for excellent acoustic cover song music videos!
Well, it’s that and then some this week, as the next seven days are jam-packed with posts.
Let’s just say we’re partying like it’s 2008!
Here’s the low-down: After my Chris Moore Monday post tonight, I’ll be back tomorrow with a full-length article. Then, you can look forward to three videos in a row: an Original Wednesday post, Thursday’s regularly scheduled programming, and Friday’s Guest Session. And the weekend isn’t a time of rest, as you can look forward to the second installment in the Saturday “Playlists on Parade” series and Sunday’s “Weekend Review.”
For my video tonight, I’ve gone back to one of my favorites: Wilco. I heard this Yankee Hotel Foxtrot deep track on a colleague’s iPod over the weekend before band practice, and I took a moment to figure it out. It’s a straightforward progression, which makes it a lot of fun to play and sing along to. So, it was a no-brainer when I thought about my session for the week. I’ve made it my business to cover a wide range of Wilco material. Thus far, I’ve translated songs from their 1995 debut A.M., the following year’s Being There, Summerteeth (albeit a members-only video), Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and last year’s Wilco (the album). I’ve also pulled from both collaborations with Billy Bragg, 1998’s Mermaid Avenue and 2000’s Mermaid Avenue Vol. II. This leaves A Ghost is Born and Sky Blue Sky.
However, instead of filling in the gaps, I had to go with a fun track from one of my favorite albums of all time. “Heavy Metal Drummer” starts with a beat machine, and builds up to an all-out rock song. What I like about it is how well it evokes a sense of fond memories for one’s past, particularly with reference to music. Now, my nostalgia is not for heavy metal bands and Kiss cover songs, but I will never forget the enjoyable outings my friends and I made to concerts, starting with my first Bob Dylan concert back in high school and on from there — Brian Wilson, Barenaked Ladies, and so many more…
…including an amazing two and a half hour performance by Wilco last summer!
So, it is with great pleasure that I bring you “Heavy Metal Drummer,” hoping to stir some of your own fond memories of the past. It is, after all, inevitable that the years pass and our lives change. Still, there will always be songs and experiences that we harken back to for years and years to come. Which are yours?
See you next session!