“Do You Want To Know A Secret” (Beatles Cover)

By Jim Fusco:

Hello everyone- time for another episode of “The Laptop Sessions”. Boy, do I have a lot of these in the works for you. I have two more requests for Beach Boys cover songs, plus Chris and I still have to do our Moody Blues song and another Beatles cover song. Somewhere down the line I’d like to throw in one of my original songs, too. ¬†Oh, you didn’t know that I was a songwriter? ūüôā ¬†Well, that’s one of the reasons I do the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog. ¬†I’m hoping that the people who like the cover songs I play will take a chance and listen to my original music, as well! ¬†So far, it’s been a great success.

Tonight’s cover song video is the Beatles song, “Do You Want To Know A Secret”, originally sung by the great George Harrison. This is a fun song to play and sing, especially because it’s got those minor 7th chords that make it sound a bit “old fashioned”. ¬†People just don’t write songs like this anymore. ¬†It’s one of the earliest Beatles songs released, so it was written during their period of relative innocence (you know, before the drugs). ¬†John Lennon wrote this song and gave it to George to sing. ¬†His heavy British accent really comes through on this track. ¬†I sang, though, in my normal New England American accent, as I do with all my cover song videos. ¬†My goal here at the music blog is not to imitate the artists I cover, but to reimagine my favorite songs in a stripped-down acoustic solo performance.

I chose to go with my nylon-stringed acoustic guitar for this song. ¬†Why? ¬†Well, for one, it’s much easier to sing over than a steel-stringed guitar. ¬†For this cover video, I wanted to sing a bit softer and sweeter (just like George Harrison did!), so I thought this guitar was the right choice not to overpower my voice. ¬†Also, and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments about this, the strumming pattern I used works so much better on this guitar than steel-string acoustic guitar. ¬†Because I don’t have the solid drumming of Ringo Starr behind me, I had to come up with a way of playing that incorporated the unique beat of “Do You Want To Know a Secret” while playing by myself. ¬†The “hops” that are in the chord progression really move the sog along well and I found it to be an easy way of switching chords, as well. ¬†Plus, sliding down like that gave my version that cool retro sound I was talking about before. ¬†It sounds like a song from the 40s when played that way!

Of course, requests are welcome for any other Beatles or George Harrison song you’d like to hear! ¬†Everyone knows pretty much all of the Beatles songs, so my “to-do list” is pretty extensive at this point. ¬†I hope you enjoy tonight’s cover song video and stay tuned for more Laptop Sessions music videos in the coming days!