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Intro: E F#m7 E F#m7 E
Once I thought the world was crazy,
Everyone was sad and chasing
Happiness and love and
I was the only one above it.
Once I thought, without a doubt,
I had it all figured out.
Universe with hands unseen;
I was cold as gasoline.
E G F#m7
Took too long to see
F#m7 C F#m7 E F#m7 E F#m7 E
I was wrong to believe in me only…
Once my life was a game so unfair
It beat me down and kept me there.
Unaware of my naysaying,
Solitaire was all I was playing.
INSTRUMENTAL: G F#m7 C F#m7 (x3)
Took too long to see
I was wrong to believe in me only…
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Welcome to this week’s edition of Original Wednesday! Today, I bring you “Gonna Be There,” a song from MoU’s latest release, Homestead’s Revenge, that Jim and I cowrote. As a special treat, Jim is also playing here and does a great rendition of his guitar solo. But, you really have to listen to the real version to fully appreciate it… and you can do that by going to http://jimfusco.com/albums.html !
Stay tuned for another all-new post from Jeff tomorrow, as “session-a-day” rolls on at http://LaptopSessions.com !
Hello and welcome to another installment of “Chris Moore Monday.” It is my priviledge and responsibility to start off each week right, usually with a selection that is in “new music” news. I figure this is appropriate, since tomorrow is “New Music Tuesday” – what better role is there than to turn you on to great new music?
Okay, so tonight’s song is technically a week old…
Dan Auerbach is better known as one half of the blues rock music group the Black Keys. The band formed in Ohio in 2001, and in less than a decade, they have accumulated an impressive resume — including opening for Beck and Radiohead, playing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Show with David Letterman, and receiving accolades from Rolling Stone such as one of the “10 best acts of 2003.” Although the band has not broken up, this year has found Dan Auerbach making a name for himself by releasing his very first solo album titled Keep It Hid. I almost transcribed and played this, the title track, but I couldn’t resist “My Last Mistake,” the subsequent track. Auerbach might agree with this choice of songs to record and play, as he performed “My Last Mistake” on the Friday, February 13th episode of Conan O’Brien.
So, you may be wondering how I heard of this release. Well, aside from receiving a coupon for the first-week purchase in my favorite email each week — the Newbury Comics e-newsletter!! — I was tipped off to the release by someone who has his finger on the pulse of all things modern and alternative rock. (So, thank you again, Geoff!) He’s the same person who strongly suggested I check out the 2008 albums of Beck and Cold War Kids, both of which I would never have purchased on my own.
And I would have missed out!
Now, they’re not my favorite records of the year, by any means, but there are some killer songs that would have passed me by entirely. So, hopefully I’ll continue to receive new rock music insight from Newbury Comics, Geoff, and who knows who else!
Speaking of new music, I constructed a fairly impressive “Albums of 2008” iTunes playlist. It contains 341 songs, ranging from the Barenaked Ladies children’s album to Ben Folds’ album (which was certainly NOT kid-friendly!). I hadn’t really listened to the playlist since the New Year, but I just turned it on yesterday and fell in love with it again. I’m listening to it now, and even now, Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” just faded into Brian Wilson’s “Oxygen to the Brain.” Where else can you find that sort of variety?! I cling to my playlists and albums these days, as the popular media has only embraced an extremely small and profoundly unrepresentative sample of what modern rock music has to offer. Take the aforementioned Coldplay, an overrated and — until recently, in this writer’s opinion — mediocre band. Chris Martin and his band have received more Grammys than all of my favorite bands combined. No kidding! Meanwhile, Brian Wilson got a Rolling Stone article for his amazing 2008 album That Lucky Old Sun, and that was all. I understand that he is older and there perhaps isn’t a market for his music, but I find it sad that more people couldn’t have been exposed to the bright, brilliant, and uplifting rock tunes that pour forth from that album.
Enough ranting for one day’s post…
As a final note, I finally picked up and watched the Sam Jones documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. I had planned on watching it with Dana last night, but he hadn’t returned home, so I got ready to watch it alone. Then, Mike texted and sounded interested. So, before I knew it, Mike had arrived with apple juice and saltines (food for sick people — my personal choice is G2 and wheat toast!) and we cranked up the volume on the big screen. What a great documentary — not only is the filmography reminiscent of Don’t Look Back, but Jeff Tweedy is looking very Dylan-esque. Scruffy, bearing harmonica rack, singing poetic lyrics — what more could I ask for? Also, he seems like he would be a difficult guy to live and/or work with. But that being said, I like Jeff Tweedy a great deal, and it was really interesting to see him candidly in the studio. And thanks to Dana and Mike for making last night an event in and of itself — when Jim returns from vacation, I just may have to join them for their late night sessions that I miss so much since I’ve become an “old man” with a wakeup time of 5 or 5:30am…
And now to tie this ALL together…
Wilco switched to Nonesuch records after the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot fiasco (the situation filmed and described in I Am Trying to Break Your Heart), and Dan Auerbach is also on the Nonesuch label. So, as you see, it all comes full circle…
Don’t miss an all-new Jim Fusco Tuesday tomorrow. Until then…
It’s that time – Thumpin’ Thursday! And it’s the 2nd to last Thursday that I have before the prom that I have been helping to plan. Everything is starting to fall into place for it, and I will be the happiest person alive next Friday once I can wake up and say “well that was fun and worth it”.
Until then, I have a great song that is perfect for this week. Obviously not in reference to anybody in particular, but just the fact it has the word “crazy” in it makes it appropriate.
The song this week is from a new band to the Sessions called “She Drives Me Crazy”. I’m sure everyone will instantly recognize this tune. It was a #1 hit (among another song off of the same album) in the 80’s, and the original version of this song has one of the coolest music videos i’ve ever seen. The album by the way is called “The Raw & The Cooked”.
This song is an ok translation to acoustic guitar. Part of the allure of the song is the percussion and “beat” that is provided throughout the song. Don’t get me wrong – i’m glad that we can now say there is an acoustic cover of the song, but i’m not sure that the original version was meant for an acoustic guitar.
That being said, my Roland Gift impression is not that good :(. I always said to myself he looks like someone I know, but I can’t place who it was or who I thought it was.
This song is also quite easy to play. If you can play a D – G – Bm – A progression, and switch up the strum patterns for verse & chorus, then you can play this one.
Ok i’m going to head to bed so I can take care of some more prom planning, then I have a Dr.’s appt., then I get to umpire a Varsity game tomorrow that I got moved to today! That’ll make 3 Varsity games this week.
I hope you enjoy your weekend, and make sure you keep returning to laptopsessions.com!
Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, Jeff’s acoustic cover song music videos are no longer on YouTube, but we decided to keep his cover song blog posts up. We figured these music blog entries would be good for posterity’s sake and because Jeff always gave such insightful posts each Session. We hope to see Jeff’s impressive catalog of acoustic rock songs here on the Laptop Sessions cover songs and origianal music blog again in the future. But, for now, please make sure to check-out hundreds of other acoustic cover songs from all of your favorite bands here on the Laptop Sessions music blog!