By Jim Fusco:
Welcome to your Sunday, Sunday, Sunday edition of the Laptop Sessions here with me, Jim Fusco!
I’m a little sour on the whole goal and status of the Laptop Sessions right now, as views seem to have stalled on a plateau and the “excitement” factor has DEFINITELY waned over these past few months. I’m still happy we’re doing the Sessions, but I long for next year when my Laptop Sessions day becomes more of an event rather than just an inevitability.
I’ll be writing my “State of the Laptop Sessions” address soon, but I don’t know when (or how long it’s going to be). I think we’re kind of in the same situation Barack Obamba sees himself in- we’re doing well, but the consistency of doing equally well as the day before causes complacency. Not good.
Anyway, onto tonight’s video. Tonight, I bring you yet ANOTHER “new” band to the Laptop Sessions. I know this song mostly because of the Beach Boys’ superb version on their popular album, “15 Big Ones”. That album isn’t great and I really hate those synthesizers in this song, but the vocal power of Carl Wilson (along with the wonderfully strained sound of Brian’s voice on the bridge) make this a standout track. Plus, it’s a great ending song to the album. I LOVE the harmonies on the middle 8, too. It seems like they channelled vocals from the early 60s on that section of the song- something you really don’t get on the rest of the album. By that time, the Beach Boys’ voices had “manned-up” quite a bit. But in that section of the song, you’d think they were all 20 again.
It’s funny that the Righteous Brothers aren’t even brothers. But how many people really do have the last name “Righteous”?
You might notice that this video both looks and sounds a bit different than my others. The audio sync is off and the quality isn’t great. Just do me a favor: DO NOT upgrade to iMovie 2008. It cripples the program and truly ruined this video for me. It took me an hour just to figure out the technical aspect. But, the sound is great and the audio is nice and loud. That’s the one thing the new version of the program did right. So, I hope you can suffer through the video quality and just LISTEN for this video, as I think it’s one of my better performances.
Enjoy and I’ll see you on Original Wednesday for the first post-election song here on the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog!