By Jim Fusco:
Hello everyone and welcome to your Thursday fix of the Laptop Sessions music blog!
I’ve been sick with a cold these past couple of days- good thing I had a couple of cover song videos in reserve! I should be back to my healthy self again over the weekend, and I have a list of literally 40 different songs to record cover song music videos for the Sessions…hopefully not all in one day…
This tune is a great one from Paul McCartney’s late 90’s album, “Flaming Pie”. That album stands as one of my all-time favorites because it came out right when I was really getting into music seriously. My family listened to it constantly. I plan on doing most of the songs off this album eventually because of it. “Flaming Pie”, for me, will always be the “vacation” album. I remember the summer that this album came out. My family went on vacation- a road trip to one of the New England states. We listened to this album constantly while on the trip. It was so exciting to go into a music store and see this album being promoted. I remember listening to the album on headphones in one of these stores (remember those kiosks?). But the weird thing was- we were listening to it in the car! I guess I was just excited to see an album I liked getting some popularity for once.
Paul McCartney’s songs, dare I say, are much better when he’s in a bad mood. Unfortunately, his wife was suffering from cancer at the time he wrote and recorded “Flaming Pie”. The emotions Paul put into this album range from sweet (“Little Willow”) to edgy (“Really Love You”). I think “Flaming Pie” features some of the best songs he’s ever written. “Heaven On A Sunday” is one of my absolute favorites- it’s just got that perfect peaceful sound. And “The World Tonight” is just a great rock’n’roll song- the perfect single. Paul even makes mention of his old friend John Lennon. You remember John’s story of how the Beatles got their name, right? “A man on a flaming pie came down and told me to spell “Beetles” with an “a”.” Yeah, right. Anyway, it made for a great song (and album) many, many years later.
This tune is a great one on acoustic guitar and was one of the first songs I leaned to play on guitar. It’s fun to sing and has a great melody, but most of all, I love the message in the song. “He’s gotta do it for himself.” How many times have I tried to steer someone in the “right” direction, only to learn that the person needed to learn on his own. I love when people learn from others’ mistakes, but I also accept the fact that it doesn’t happen that often.
I hope you enjoy tonight’s Paul McCartney cover song. “Young Boy” is a great one for you to learn, too. Just start with C – Am – Em – F – G. There- you’ve got the verse and you’ve mastered five different chords! Stay tuned for many more Paul McCartney songs here on the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog!