So, this is how the whole “Laptop Sessions” acoustic cover songs music video blog got its humble start. It’s also the first edition of a Beatles cover songs here on the music blog. This is the day I decided to change the face of cover song videos forever! You see, on YouTube, there’s a video of a guy playing “Let It Be” by the Beatles on piano. He’s got like 12,000 views on it. It’s not bad, but it’s not even in the right key!
So, I posted a comment to that effect, and someone wrote back that I was being nitpicky (is that even a word?) and that not many people can sing in the range of the original key. Let me tell you- if you can’t sing it in the original key, you can’t sing the song at all and you shouldn’t be doing a cover of it. How “high and mighty” of me. I’ve always thought that was a good barometer for a musician, especially one getting on in age. You see, I’m all for older musicians to keep playing, but they can’t just go up there and be shadows of their former selves. Especially when they’re charging well over $100 a ticket! Anyway, it seems to me that if you can’t sing your own song in the original key, you should probably just hang it up. That’s one of the things that really impressed me about seeing the Monkees in concert. Those guys have been playing for over 40 years and they STILL sing all of those songs in the original key! And the Monkees’ songs were pretty high-pitched, especially the ones Mikey Dolenz wrote.
Anyway, I had to back up my statement about that cover song in the wrong key on YouTube with a video performance of me playing and singing the song in the original key. I chose to do this cover song music video on guitar because it was the most handy at the time. I think it’s what helps make the Laptop Sessions great- taking a song everyone knows and turning it into an acoustic interpretation. You’ll notice that I’m playing my Arrow nylon-stringed acoustic guitar. It’s a classical guitar that I purchased while on vacation in Italy. I love how mellow it sounds and it’s incredibly easy to play. It also allows me to sing over the music without having to shout. That’s especially helpful when you’re trying to get more emotion out of the performance. Even though it doesn’t sound as good as a steel-string guitar, I think it’s a great fit for the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs video series here on the music blog.
You’ll also notice that this video isn’t exactly of the best quality. Well, when starting the Laptop Sessions, I wanted to make it a way to record a music video that wouldn’t require a ton of setup- it would allow for a spur-of-the-moment performance. At the time, YouTube had a “Capture Now” feature that would record directly off of a webcam. Well, my Macbook has a webcam and that’s what I ended up doing. The only thing is that recording live like that degraded the quality. But, I keep this acoustic performance here on the music blog to show the start of the Laptop Sessions and tell you what it’s all about: great acoustic cover songs!