Well, another day and another installment of the “Laptop Sessions.” This is one that I learned a long time ago and forgot about playing until tonight. Anyone that knows me will know that I admire Brian Wilson’s songwriting the most. His song, “Girl Don’t Tell Me” is truly one of his finest works. Plus, his brother Carl sings an amazing lead vocal that I can only hope to emulate in my version. This is one of Carl’s earliest lead vocals and I’m glad Brian gave Carl the opportunity to sing it. Carl knocked it out of the park and had a voice much more suited to this style of music.
I think my Laptop Session acoustic version of this song actually sounds a lot like the original because it was done with acoustic guitars. “But,” you say, “many songs are done with just acoustics!” Well, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys really used piano as their driving instrument, plus Al Jardine and Carl Wilson took the rhythm and lead guitars (respectively) on electrics almost all the time. Of course, I’m talking about the early records when the Boys recorded the instruments themselves. After a while, Brian and the others decided to have studio musicians come in, which allowed Brian to experiment more while the others were on tour. I think one of the last vestiges of the Beach Boys playing on their own music (in the earlier years, at least) was their Christmas album. One the first side (the original songs), you can hear the Beach Boys playing all of the instruments. Those songs represent some of my favorite recordings of all time. They’re simply perfect (to me).
But, enough of the Beach Boys history for the time being. But, I will say that you’ll notice how this song sounds more like a Beatles song than a Beach Boys song. Well, with the production done the way it was on the original (like I mentioned before, with acoustic guitars rather than a piano), one can only assume that this Beatle-esque sound was done purposely! Of course, this acoustic video flies in the face of the logic I was trying to explain regarding the Laptop Sessions cover songs series. You see, my idea is to strip-away the various instruments in a song to get to the simplest form. That way, you can hear the song for what it is. So, songs that you might not necessarily have liked can be given new life here on the music blog. With “Girl Don’t Tell Me”, however, that’s not really the case. I just did a straight-up cover of an acoustic song. My defense? It’s a great song- shut up and listen! 🙂 But seriously, another function of the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog is to introduce you (or even re-introduce you) to songs you’ve never heard before (or forgot you knew). And that’s just as important.
This song is really a favorite of mine and I know a certain group of people are going to go, “Oh, wow!” when they see I did a version of this forgotten song! I hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more from The Laptop Sessions!