By Jim Fusco:
Let’s have a little contest here- go ahead and find me a better solo acoustic performance of this song. I’ll wait…
I didn’t think so! 🙂 Tonight, I bring you one of my personal favorite performances. I’ve been practicing this song for many months now. I wanted to get it right. To me, John Lennon’s “Woman” is an example of a perfect song. Yes, it’s about Yoko Ono, but if you look past that, you get a truly amazing song. If you haven’t heard it before, get ready to have a new favorite song. It’s probably my favorite love song of all time. The songwriting, the words, the tune, and even the production of the original version is simply unsurpassed in my mind. This came on the radio this morning- what a way to wake up. And I knew it was a sign that it was high time I did this song on the place for great acoustic cover song music videos: The Laptop Sessions blog!
“Woman” appears on “Double Fantasy”, which is an album that should’ve been titled, “Half Good”. John wrote half the songs and Yoko…wailed her way through the other half. But, this was John’s comeback album- he hadn’t done one in years before Double Fantasy came out. Of course, it turned out to be his last- it was released only weeks before he died. That makes songs like “Beautiful Boy” all the more poignant. That song is amazing, too- listening to Double Fantasy proves that John Lennon is one of the absolute best songwriters of all time. He had the perfect mix of genius and wacky, out-there “artist” to him. Songs like “Watching the Wheels” and the number one hit “(Just Like) Starting Over” (which I also covered- search for it in the John Lennon category) round out some great hits for John from Double Fantasy. He even had some other obscure, but equally great, songs on the album including “Cleanup Time” and “I’m Losing You”.
I tell you right now that this song will play at my wedding on July 25th. I will ball my eyes out. Something about the way he sings it and how he admits, “I’ve been a jerk in the past, but I am sooooo appreciative.” In the end, it all adds up to, “I love you.” Of course, if you know my tastes in music, you know that I love a good, “Yeah, yeah” or “Well, well” in a song. And we all know that John Lennon is the originator and master of that (“She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah” = genius!).
I’m glad to bring this acoustic cover song music video tonight. I am very hopeful that soon my YouTube video views will increase by leaps and bounds. You know I’ll keep you updated! Enjoy Jim Fusco Tuesday for this week and make sure you come back for Jeff’s Thumpin’ Thursday in only two days!