By Jim Fusco:
Welcome to your Thursday night edition of the Laptop Sessions with me, Jim Fusco!
To quote Jeff, “The only thing the same about the site is the background’s still gray.” That describes the work I’ve been doing over the past couple of days. You’ll notice the new navigation on the top of the homepage, the smaller text in the upper left hand corner, and the left sidebar rearranged. The best part of all this is the release of the The Laptop Sessions free mp3 download series. We tried doing it once before, but it was a LOT of work. Okay, so it’s not as fancy now, but you still get 20 great cover songs in mp3 format as a completely and absolutely FREE download! You have nothing to lose and a whole lot of music to gain. I sound like an Oreck XL commercial…
We have 7, yes 7, Volumes released already. We’re going to do them by Sessions member. Meaning that a whole volume will be dedicated to 20 of my cover songs in order and the same with Chris, Jeff, and Mike. Original Wednesday Volumes will be released, as well, and we’ll also come out with a holiday songs version at the end of the year- my favorite kind of music!
So, we already have 140 free mp3s for you to download so you can bring the Laptop Sessions cover songs with you wherever you will go (to quote the Calling)!
Also, you might have noticed that you can leave comments MUCH easier now- you don’t need to register or login to leave a comment for us! We’d LOVE to read your comments and reply- we’re trying to build a community of Laptop Sessions lovers here that come back on a daily basis to see what’s new. We hope you’ll be part of that community!
Okay, on to tonight’s video:
“Wednesday Morning” is a great tune written by Gerry Beckley off of the America album, “Human Nature”. This is one of my favorite albums from them (probably second to “Homecoming”, which is on my list of best albums of all time). Their new album, “Here and Now”, is great, too, as is their Christmas LP, “Holiday Harmony”. Noticing all of these albums start with the letter “H”? Well, about 90% of their albums do!
I love the songwriting of Gerry Beckley. I’ve gotten to meet him on MULTIPLE occasions after shows. He even threw me his guitar pick once during a show! It’s funny that I actually got into America after listening to “Becky, Lamm, and Wilson” for Carl Wilson’s songs. I knew about Chicago (with Lamm), but didn’t know much about Beckley. I bought their “Best of” CD and never looked back. I have every album I could find from them on CD and many on records, too.
“Human Nature” has a TON of classic songs on it, but the catchiest to me was always “Wednesday Morning”. This album came out shortly after Carl Wilson’s death, and after hearing the “Beckley, Lamm, and Wilson” stuff, I was hurting for new, non-Christmas, material for a long, long time, especially because “Human Nature” was so good.
I hope you enjoy tonight’s Session- my first in the great outdoors! The next five are also outside, so I hope you get used to it! It’s been beautiful weather here lately, and at this point, I’ll take ANY excuse to get away from Chris playing off-key renditions (on purpose to annoy me) of “Who Needs Sleep” and “The Hurricane” all night…