By Jim Fusco:
Welcome, welcome to another edition of the Laptop Sessions featuring myself and the Traveling Acai Berries! We’re continuing our month-long tribute to Beatles cover songs tonight (have you seen the great posts by Chris and Jeff these past two weeks?) with one of their finest early songs in “If I Fell”.
“A Hard Day’s Night” is an interesting film. If you haven’t seen it, it’s really worth your while. If you haven’t yet fallen in love with the Beatles, then this movie will seal the deal. If you’re someone who wasn’t fortunate enough to live through Beatlemania, then this movie will show you what it was really like. The fact that the boys could be so fun loving and charming during all that craziness proves why they were such a special group.
But, throughout the hype, they remained relevant and cool. You might write-off some of their early hits like “She Loves You” and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” as early-sixties fluff (you’d be an idiot, by the way), but there were some really introspective gems throughout their first few albums. Go ahead and listen to “Things We Said Today” or “No Reply” and you’ll hear what I’m talking about. These guys were not only great musicians and songwriters, but they were “deep, man”. John Lennon and Paul McCartney (and even George Harrison on his early work like “Don’t Bother Me”) were ahead of their time in so many ways that I can think of 50 more songs I want to record for the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog.
“If I Fell” is one of those songs that just “gets you”. I, for one, cannot stop singing it in my head. The tune is one that goes back into itself constantly and is on permanent loop up there. Couple that amazing tune with the harmonies of John and Paul (with Paul’s amazingly high vocals that I think I nailed pretty well) and you’ve got a classic Beatles song, indeed. Both my father and my fellow Acai Berry Steve said that this song stood out to them when they watched “A Hard Day’s Night” and to me, that says it all. When you’re up against the heavyweight singles on that album (like the title track) and the response is, “If I Fell really stood out to me,” then you know it’s a great song.
We couldn’t get Steve on camera again this week and Chris C. was busy studying sheet music (you can finally hear him this week!), so he was off-camera. We had our fourth member, Bill, there for the session, but he had to leave early and we couldn’t get his guitar playing on the video. I’m hoping that Bill can coax Steve on camera, as four people on camera makes you stand-out much less as an individual than when there’s only two people. Anyway, I hope to record some more songs in two weeks, so maybe I’ll soften him up by then. Next week is the last of our Beatles quatrain (like that little music term there?) and we’ve got a whole bag of tricks that should keep things fresh and interesting here on the best music blog ever created!
That’s right, I said, “Best EVER!” Believe me? Then comment about it! We’d love to hear from you and, yes, each comment you leave brings Steve one more inch closer to appearing on camera! So, get commentin’ and we’ll see you next week for another installment of Jim Fusco Tuesdays. Stay-tuned for an all-new video by Jeff Copperthite, coming up Thursday!