By Chris Moore:
(For the chords to “The Wrestler,” go here: The Wrestler Chords)
Hello and welcome to a brand-new week of cover song music videos here at your source for the best of the best — the Laptop Sessions!
But, as much as we like to brag, we really are trying every day to fill this site with a ridiculous number of cover song material — our daily video posts, chords/tabs to your favorite songs, and much more. We even sneak in a Fusco, Moore, and/or Copperthite original every Wednesday or so…
For today, I’m skimming off the top of the new music / new album current events pool. Tomorrow is the official US release date of Bruce Springsteen’s 16th studio album. It’s been less than two years since number 15, so this is exciting news! I think his previous album, Magic, was one of the best albums of 2007 and certainly my favorite Springsteen album to date. Now, to be fair, I’ve only listened to his more recent albums, so I reserve my right to change my mind sometime down the line…
But, back to the present. His new album, Working on a Dream, is coming out amidst a whole lot of Springsteen mania. For one, there’s his upcoming appearance during the half time show of Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009. Following in the footsteps of such classic acts as Tom Petty and the Rolling Stones (who were also called out ostensibly to prevent any potential wardrobe malfunctions that may befall a younger, female act!), Springsteen’s album sales are expected to rise directly following the show. This is opportune timing, then. Also, two months ago, he released a greatest hits album exclusively at Wal-Mart. Now, I must admit that I was aggravated when I heard this in the news. After all, Springsteen is famous and much-respected for his disavowal of corporate sponsorships or endorsements.
Then, as I read some more of the article about this, I realized that it makes perfect sense. First of all, there’s the statistic that (reportedly) 15% of his recent CD sales have come from Wal-Mart. Also, there’s the whole Super Bowl business. I have to admit I can’t blame him and/or his people for pushing a greatest hits out now. I’m typically disgusted by these sorts of 12-track, almost-all-repeat-tracks-from-his-previous-greatest-hits sorts of releases. And yet, this is what people will be looking for! So, as Ben Folds might sing — “You’ve got to give the people what they want!”
Also, the disc is only $9.99, and it’s a limited release item (not part of his official catalog).
I find this stuff fascinating…
But, to come back to tonight’s video, let me explain why I’ve recorded “The Wrestler.” This is the title track to the film starring Mickey Rourke that has gained the spotlight during various recent award shows. I have yet to see the film, but I had heard that this track would be a bonus song on the new album. Thus, I set out to learn it, loved it, and had to record it. For those of you listening to this song now for the first time, I hope you’ll like my version and want to hear the real one.
I can’t actually vouch for the new album, as I have yet to hear anything other than the song titles from the track listing. However, I am ecstatic for this, the first new music release of 2009 that I’m really excited for. I’ll be out during lunchtime tomorrow or as soon as I get out of work to get it. And, who knows, I may just push myself to write a review tomorrow night.
Crazy? I know, but that’s what this whole Laptop Sessions thang is all about!
Oh, and before I forget, don’t miss the chords that I just posted a few hours ago here on the site. Now you can listen AND learn to play the song yourself!
Okay, I’m off to snuggle up with a couple of my dearest friends — one, the Fusco-Moore Experience copy of the latest Rolling Stone (complete with Bruce Springsteen, aka The Boss, on the cover — predictable? I know, but I couldn’t care less!) and my stack of midterm exams that are ripe for the grading…
See you next session!