By Jim Fusco:
Welcome, one and all, to the new and improved Laptop Sessions Cover Songs Music Blog! If you’re a regular viewer, make sure to check out the homepage of LaptopSessions.com and see our new features and new redesign. It may not seem that different at first, but I think you’ll agree that it’s much easier to navigate, especially if you were a first-time viewer. And, for a limited time, you can get a free mp3 download of my album, “What About Today?” by subscribing to the music blog! That’s right- just enter your name and email address and we’ll send you new acoustic cover song music videos every week- cancel at any time, but keep the free mp3 download as our gift to you. Sounds like an infomercial, doesn’t it? 🙂
Tonight’s video will also be the last one in HD (there may be a couple of instances where I can’t get the HD camera, though). Today, after a scare, I got our new HD video camcorder! It’s a Canon HV10 and man, what a good deal we got on it. I found it on eBay in Canada and paid literally a third of the price for it. It’s basically brand-new and came with a whole bunch of accessories and extra tapes. But, don’t go thinking I went out and bought a camera just for this- I got it to finally play back our wedding videos (which were shot in HD) and edit them onto Blu-Ray. I can’t wait to see how it came out! Not too many people these days gettin’ married in HD.
I’m also posting this relatively early tonight in hopes that my music partner Steve will be able to see it before he goes to bed.
Tonight’s video is a slightly obscure one from Paul McCartney from his 1997 album, Flaming Pie. What a great album. Steve and I played for about a half hour extra last Thursday, just going through every song on that album. I’ve written about my love for Flaming Pie in the past (click on the Paul McCartney category in the upper left on the sidebar to see my other posts), but this is actually good timing because I haven’t recorded a McCartney song for months. Plus, I have Steve with me, playing his usual great guitar and singing the bridge with me.
“If You Wanna” is just a good driving song- when Paul McCartney got together with Steve Miller for a writing session, he promised himself he wouldn’t write an Americana driving song….so much for that idea. But, it was really fun recording this one- Steve and I always get so pumped after a good take. And this one was ONE TAKE! We had never even practiced it before! We just went over the structure once and hit record. Such is life when you’re running on a tight schedule. I keep hoping for the days when we can have a lot of time to just jam and record a bunch of tunes.
Of course, you’ll see me playing our colleague Noreen’s beautiful Gibson 1967 12-string acoustic, which never sounded better. I’m hoping she’ll let me borrow it next week so I can record a song from a sorely underrated band. That song will usher in the “holiday” (there’s a clue) season nicely. Speaking of the upcoming holiday, I’m incredibly excited!! I can’t wait to finally play some video games, eat, and go shopping for someone else for a change! We’re hoping to do the midnight madness at our local chain of outlet stores. Don’t worry, I don’t plan on trampling anyone for a TV at Wal-Mart or anything. We’re just looking forward to a really cool opportunity to ring in my favorite time of year: Christmastime! You know, we’ve recorded many Christmas songs already- you should check out some of those acoustic videos by choosing the “Christmas Songs” category up top.
I hope you enjoy tonight’s collaborative effort and I’ll be back next Tuesday with an all-new video in HD for the first time! See you then.