By Jim Fusco:
Oh yeah, another Jim Fusco night and ANOTHER “new” band to the Laptop Sessions! Incredible. It’s almost hard to believe we haven’t done a song from a band starting with every letter in the alphabet. I think we haven’t done Q yet…
I tell you, I have to do more songs from Dion. He had some amazing hits and he was pretty prolific with them, too. This song is a classic 4-chord doo-wop style number. Even though the song was that “easy” to play, I still found myself doing take after take to get the inflection of the words right. Plus, I play an “F” chord so much like a “C” chord, I was actually switching between the two accidentally!
But, practice made perfect and I got through the video without too much more trouble. This is another one of my fading-out songs, as the single version of the original song is just a perfect recording and I wanted my video to reflect the same. The way Dion sings with such youthfulness and the way the Belmonts give those great supporting vocals makes for a timeless single.
And hasn’t EVERYONE felt this way in the past? Chris and I have had countless conversations on this topic, asking why we would even do this to ourselves in the first place. The answer? Because it made life interesting, which is a theme through many of my early songs.
Even though I’m not a teenager now (and incredibly surprised that it’s been five years SINCE I’ve been one!), I could still channel the sentiment in this song. I don’t think Dion had that in mind when he recorded this number, but I think every time someone who was a teenager back when the song was released hears it again, it takes them right back. That could be a scary thing, but any three minute song that can do that is more than just a four-chord song- it’s a classic.
Enjoy tonight’s video and I’ll be back with you on Sunday!