By Jeff Copperthite:
You know, it is time to ask the age-old question that I have asked multiple times this year. I think i’ve lost count just how many times.
Any idea what it is?
Ok, here it goes.
“Why does Youtube feel like it’s time to have a maintenance only when it is my night to post for the day?”
Yes that’s right. Youtube will be undergoing scheduled maintenance in a short while – probably after I finish typing this post.
But thankfully, I have uploaded the video already! Ha! And it’s a good one too. It’s “Like bashing in the head of whomever schedules the time for Youtube maintenance so badly he looks at you and vows never to do it again and you force feed him various videos involving Mister Ed and movies with Paul Reiser until his eyeballs can’t take it anymore and he screams for mercy” good.
But seriously, it’s Original Wednesday – the BEST day of the week! Where you get to hear another original tune from the library of yours truly.
The song I have chosen for tonight, ironically, is my own self-declared “Most Depressing Song i’ve ever written”.
From the 2003 Quilt album Expressions, the song is “Unexplained”. There was a time towards the end of my senior year in college where I suddenly realized how “aware” I was of the world. It’s what my teachers talked about throughout my years of school that “you’ll have to grow up and realize you aren’t invincible, there’s people around you, etc.” It’s really a kind of awakening. But that sudden awareness of things around you includes the positive…and the dreadfully negative. I wrote this song after a period of questions that are embedded in the lyrics of this song.
It’s weird though. Nowadays I tend to think about that subject matter at night as I drift off to sleep. It’s discomforting for sure. Funny thing is if you saw me at any point of the day where I was awake, you’d think I was the happiest person alive.
Well, I am quite happy. I’ve got a great job, great wife, great condo, and an overall great life (my wife wants me to put “wife” first, but she doesn’t understand the literary prose that is at work here). I even wrote in the liner notes of this album that the lyrics do not reflect my true overall state of thinking.
I decided to throw in some fingerpicking into this song, despite the recorded version having all normal picking. The recorded version is also a bit slower than this one. Also, 5 years later, I have more insights of how to sing songs properly. I’m really pleased with the quality of this video!
Now, you know that tomorrow is Thumpin’ Thursday. I’m still mad at my voice for supplanting my previous Thursday. However, Jim “Like three octaves of pure unadulaterated BAM for your ears Good” Fusco will be here to show us his 2nd consecutive Thumpin’ entry. It’s going to be that good.
I’ll see you in 3 days!
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!