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 my first Original Wednesday since Christmas Eve! This is an exciting week for me, as I’m off from work. There have been plenty of things to keep me busy — really, too many to list — but I woke up this morning and, despite the work I should be doing, I decided to work out this song and record it for tonight’s session.
The song is called “Transitions” and this is a Laptop Sessions world premiere. It may make it to my next album, it may not… Only time will tell! I hope you like it. This is the first fully recorded version of it, so it’s a demo of sorts. It’s not perfectly arranged yet, to be sure, but I’m pretty happy with the overall structure of it. Some of the words may change, some of the rough edges will be smoothed out, but this is your sneak peak at the first complete version of it. I messed around with the harmonica even after I finished recording this video, and I have to say that this song has (and/or will have) one of my favorite harmonica parts that I’ve written in a very long time. It’s a very deliberate aspect, but not so note-for-note that it sounds scripted.
Outside of writing and recording this song, I’ve been busy during my February break with some grading for my classes, jury duty yesterday (I was released after “a day’s service”), preparing logs for my BEST portfolio, reading three things (Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Pro Wrestling, and the 40-page booklet to the Sam Jones film I Am Trying to Break Your Heart), and listening to several albums, including MoU’s Homestead’s Revenge (I think “Worlds Apart” is my favorite song we’ve ever done!), Pearl Jam’s Binaural, and Dan Auerbach’s Keep It Hid. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention my favorite playlist that I referred to in Monday’s post — the “Albums of 2008” iTunes playlist. Good stuff all around…
We’ve gotten a decent number of views to the blog for the chords and cover video of Dan Auerbach’s “My Last Mistake.” That’s exciting because I wasn’t sure what to expect with this fairly obscure song choice. It’s all the more incentive for me to keep on top of new rock music, bringing whatever I can to the blog as my contribution to this, the best acoustic cover song blog in the universe! No kidding!
Okay, that’s it for me for this week. But, even as I write that, I’ll be back to choose and post a Guest Session for Friday. We’re accepting submissions every day, so don’t wait — record a video on YouTube and send the link to us today with an interesting description.
Welcome back for an all-new recording on LaptopSessions.com! If you’ve been here before, then you probably know that today is “Original Wednesday,” and it’s my pleasure to bring you one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written, titled “Please Stay.”
I wrote this song a while back as a contribution for Masters of the Universe. My bandmate, Jim Fusco, helped me refine the chord structure and added in an incredible duo of guitar solos — that’s right, two distinct solos in one song! (If MoU ever releases Homestead’s Revenge, the fully-produced version will be on it.)
Of course, this is an acoustic performance, and you’ll hear the rarely-used third verse that replaces the second solo. I’ve never been entirely happy with the third verse, so I’ve amended it a bit for this recording. Without further ado, “Please Stay”!
P.S. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for an all-new Laptop Session by Jeff!
I love bringing you original music in our videos – even if it is a couple of days late. But thankfully, I have my memory card back, so I’m able to bring you your weekly dose of original music, even if it is a couple of days late.
Today I am covering a song by Masters of the Universe, from their recent 2008 album “Homestead’s Revenge” is the final track from that album. It has been one of my favorites that hasn’t been covered yet (Jim & Chris have already covered some of my favorites, such as “Gonna Be There”). The song is called “The More You Stay”. It has a great beat and a cool personal, thought provoking message that is very common to the last track of an album Jim and Chris are involved in.
In this cover version, I tried to improvise the solo section, and while it isn’t as clean as i’d want it to be, I have to realize I can’t be a perfectionist when doing these videos. If I’m having fun doing it, then no biggie.
After all, if it’s any video that is proof that I like to have fun doing these things, it’s this one.
Tomorrow I will be back with a new acoustic cover to appease you with. I hope you enjoy tonight’s session, and report back tomorrow (and beyond) for brand new, fresh acoustic covers from Jim, Chris, and myself!
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 original 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!