By Jim Fusco:
Why doesn’t anyone post Original Wednesdays anymore? Well, I’ll just chalk it up to the fact that my brand-new album is coming out in less than two weeks- “Halfway There”! If you’ve been to the music video blog before, you’ve probably seen advertisements for it. You may have even heard a bit. I hope you’re liking it so far- it’s a loooooong time in the making! If you’ve been here before, you’ve probably also noticed that we cover almost 200 bands- a new video three times a week. You may not know that on a weekly basis, we post original songs, as well!
Tonight, I bring you track 3 from the upcoming “Halfway There” LP. On the album, you’ll notice that this song is much punchier and has a more modern sound to it. Okay, so maybe it doesn’t have a modern sound, but it’s as modern as you’re gonna get from me! 🙂 The song has some cool effects and features a very intricate five part harmony on the chorus- it’s so cool to listen to it in the car because the chorus seems to “widen” the speakers as soon as it kicks in. It does that on the first chorus of the song “Halfway There”, as well- I’d love to hear reactions when the album comes out! I got this effect because of the new mastering techniques I learned. No longer does it sound like a wet burlap sack is draped over the speakers when listening to a recording of mine. I’ve actually even remastered my last album, “What About Today?”, in the same way- you should HEAR how much better it sounds! One of these days, I’ll get a digital copy up on the FMP Store.
Anyway, “On For Miles” is supposed to be “single-worthy” in the sense that it’s the third song on the album, but it does follow two superb ones (if I do say so myself) in “Go Back To Him” and “Our Love Doesn’t Translate”. I knew I needed to follow-up those songs with something really catchy, as well, but that also got you into the feel of the whole album, rather than listening to a collection of singles. It’s tough to describe.
So, this version, which is only me and an acoustic guitar, has a much different vibe- but that’s when a cover song on acoustic guitar is really interesting. It’s never interesting to take a song that was done acoustically in the first place and just do it live in front of the camera. It’s fun to take a fully-produced song and pare it down to the bare bones and play it just as a “song” and not a production.
I hope you enjoy tonight’s original song and I hope you’re as excited as I am about the release of “Halfway There”. I just got the UPS tracking number for the shipment- looks like I’ll be getting them a week earlier than expected, but you’re still going to have to wait until the 7th to get your copy! 🙂 I live for anticipation.
Have a great rest of the week and I’ll be back with only my second Beach Boys tune for the year on Tuesday. I figure once a quarter is good to keep the loyal fans happy! The only question is, “Which one?” You’ll have to wait and see for that, too! Geesh, I’m just teasing everyone tonight, huh? Oh, wait, I guess I did just post two videos in a row…so, you can afford to wait a few days! See you then.