By Jim Fusco:
Welcome to yet another edition of “Original Wednesday” here on the best music video blog in the universe: The Laptop Sessions! “Original Wednesday” is the once-a-week occurance where we put aside our acoustic rock cover songs and play you an original from our vast catalog. Tonight, it’s my turn, which comes but once every three weeks, so you know it’s going to be a good one!
“Strummin'” is a song off of my album “That’s All Folks” and was also a bonus track on my earlier album “Formula”. It actually appeared as my first music video on the Enhanced CD portion of that disc. I put the video up on YouTube- you can see how much thinner my face was then…and it was only 2004! Watch the song HERE.
This is a very simple song…well, actually it uses a few jazz chords that I learned while taking my only guitar class in college. I already knew how to play, but this class filled in a lot of the music theory for me, and I was the best student in the class. I was actually the only person in class to play Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child”. So, I took a couple of those great sounding jazz chords and turned them into a song of my own.
I needed to finish this song for that music video, which we were going to film the next day. We even got clearance to use my old high school’s auditorium to tape it, so we had to get it recorded and done right.
So, I wrote the rest of the song quickly and tried out my newfound soloing technique that I also learned while taking that guitar class.
All the lyrics in this song are true-life lyrics. But there’s a line at the end, “Highly doubt this song will make me a star.” For some reason, I always thought that this would be the song to make me a star- just because it’s so different and clever. I hope all of our loyal visitors will send this video around to their friends- if anything, it’ll give you a smile.
Enjoy this song tonight and make sure to come back on Saturday, when I’ll be premiering my first-ever Laptop Sessions cover song on piano.