By Jim Fusco:
Oh…My…GOD!! I am so angry right now!! THREE TIMES- that’s right, three perfect takes of “Sundown” by Gordon Lightfoot it took before I could render tonight’s video and publish to YouTube. Why?!?! Because, for whatever reason, my computer corrupted my video TWICE! It’s so much later than I want it to be. And, if you know anything about me, you’ll know that I like to (and most times ONLY will) do things once and that’s it. Tonight, I brought home Noreen’s 1967 Gibson 12-string acoustic and needed to get this song done. Grrrrrr…..
And, of course, this happens on GROUNDHOG’S DAY!! Wait, am I Bill Murray?
Anyway, onto the shorter (due to the late post) description of tonight’s video.
The legend of the guitar I’m playing in this video is that it was actually OWNED by Gordon Lightfoot at some point!! I don’t know if that’s really true, but wouldn’t it be crazy? I just had to ask Noreen to borrow it tonight. Someday, I may inherit this beautiful guitar…but, seriously, I’m not hoping that day comes anytime soon at all.
I’ve always known this song, and always kind of knew Gordon Lightfoot did it, but I never knew the name (thank you Shazaam App on my iPhone!) and when I heard it again on the radio last week, I knew I had to do it. Listening back, I noticed that it was recorded using a 12-string guitar. Imagine if it was the same one on the recording…
This song is so easy- just slap a capo on the second fret and play E and B for the verse. Then, do E, A, and D for the chorus and you’ve got it! But, even in its simplicity, I find “Sundown” to be a very powerful song. It’s got such a great tune. And the original has really cool harmonies on the chorus. I was hoping to round-up a posse to sing with me, but remembered that I live in Connecticut and would be nowhere near any semblance of a “posse” for at least 500 miles…
So, you get the standard one-man Laptop Session version of “Sundown” by Gordon Lightfoot here on the best blog ever created!
I have some new plans (that’ll cost me some money) to promote both the blog and my original music. I save emails that interest me (advertisements, etc.) and then I let them stew in my mind for about four months. After that, I have a pretty good idea of what I want to spend my money on. And I think I’ve come up with two great ways of promotion that will help get me fans of my original music and help give the Laptop Sessions music blog some better search engine traffic. If I play my cards right, I can do it all for under $100, which in terms of internet promotion is a STEAL.
On a final note, my brother Mike suggested today that he and I record the brand-new Barenaked Ladies single, “You Run Away” from their upcoming album in March. I cannot wait for this album to come out. It’s so exciting to get a new album from BNL and I’m excited to hear them as a four-piece band with more contributions from the “secondary” (if you can even say that with them) band members. I hear there’s THREE Jim Creegan songs on the album! He’s like the George Harrison of the group now. 🙂 Anyway, “You Run Away” came out on iTunes today and it’s AWESOME. You really have to buy it. They sound great. They didn’t try to change their sound too much. It’s just great rock’n’roll with great vocals. And that’s the way to please me musically, folks.
I’ve been listening to some new stuff lately and can’t wait to share it with you- hopefully I’ll get some time soon. Until next post, have a great week!
NOTE: This video was remastered in 2020 for improved video and sound.