MP3 Jim Fusco - What About Today?
Jim Fusco: he writes all his own songs, plays every instrument, sings every harmony part, and will make you a fan with just one listen.
13 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Progressive Rock, POP: Beatles-pop
"What About Today?", Jim Fusco''s sixth solo studio release, is a big step forward for Jim in both production quality and songwriting. Jim''s music ability is now at the level in which he feels confident that ANYONE who listens to his music will become an instant fan.
This album, which consists of 13 songs, is also Jim''s best lyrical album to date. He hopes to define himself as a lyricist as well as a musician with this release.
The songs on this album all run together. After all the songs for the album were written, Jim went to see Brian Wilson''s SMiLE Live tour in New York City. After that, he wanted to form his new material with a style that was similar to the SMiLE album. On "What About Today?", Jim arranged the songs so that the last chord of one song matches the first chord of the next song, making for a very interesting fluid motion of sound throughout the disc.
There are also little interludes of tunes from various songs on the album dispersed within other parts of the album. For instance, the piano tune to the song "Sideshow" (which is track 13) appears right after the first song on the album. The way these musical moments work to shape the album as a whole make this album a wonderful listening experience from top to bottom. Jim also got this idea from "SMiLE".
A great combination of rock''n''roll with influences like the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Byrds, the Moody Blues, America, Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds, Wondermints, and many others give Jim a great "classic" feel with a breath of fresh "21-year-old" air.
The album also combines electric and acoustic guitars, great guitar solos, drums, bass, percussion, and of course, harmonies. It''s a combination that you''ll fall in love with!
So, "What''s left to do", but listen to the songs and get the album!! Here''s a bio of Jim up until now:
Jim Fusco was born on April 29, 1984 in East Haven, CT. He lived there with his parents until his brother, Mike, was born in 1986. The family then moved to Wallingford, CT, where they live today. Jim and Mike spent all of their time together, beginning to play music at an early age. Mike received a small plastic drum set, but both used the toy instrument. Jim then asked for his own drum set: first getting a beginners kit, then graduating to a full-sized drum set that he and Mike still use today.
Jim began to take drum lessons from Doug Sabino and learned all the various drum techniques needed to play full songs. Through his years of schooling, Jim mastered the instrument. However, this left Jim wanting more. So, he took over a hundred dollars he saved up to buy an electric keyboard. He began to teach himself how to play and began work with MIDI programming on the computer.
When Jim came up with a few songs on the keyboard, he began production on his first album, "With or Without You," completed in 2001. This album consisted of fifteen songs and a theme of being either with someone or without someone in every song. He recorded using the MIDI productions he programmed and added real drums and vocals to the mix using a Fostex 4-track mixer.
Jim slowly began work on his second album, "My Other Half," completed in June, 2002. This album, which eventually became a 27-track double disc set, also had a theme: a complete relationship in songs from beginning to end. Through the use of a computer multi-track recorder, better skills at the keyboard, writing partner Chris Moore (with help on lyrics), and the new acquisition of guitar to his songs (though, sparsely), Jim created a masterpiece that was hailed by everyone who heard it.
Honing his guitar skills even more, Jim then began work on his third album, "Formula," completed in February, 2003. This album''s title suggested it''s theme: a satire on the common "formula" album. These albums usually consist of only ten tracks, the fast starting song, the love song, the single, filler, the "B-side" track, the "push the envelope" song, and the big closer. This album was a transitional album for Jim, as he recorded half the album on tape and half on the computer. Also, some of the songs were written during the previous album''s sessions and others were written more recently. The differences in song quality and production really show through on this album. Jim''s guitar skills were limited to using it as a rhythm instrument, and the Jim''s experimental sounds (including heavy reverb on the vocal tracks) made this album an "in between" effort for Jim.
Proving this theory was Jim''s next album release, "That''s All...", completed nine months after, in November, 2003. This disc contained two complete albums on one disc. The first album, "That''s All Folks," consisted of contemporary folk songs Jim composed. The second album, "That''s All Jim," contained songs in Jim''s own style. These songs were very highly acclaimed by music professors, students, Language teachers, art teachers, and friends alike.
Next, Jim turned to writing and completed a novel he had started in his senior year of high school, called There''s No Stepping Back. This novel is a big accomplishment for Jim and completes a life goal for him. The book now sells online at https://www.tradebit.com and you can buy it now for only $11.23!
September of 2004 brought Jim''s latest project, a sort of "final frontier" as far as different media goes. He tackled music and print, leaving only a DVD left to do. His first project, "The Best of Jim Fusco, Vol. 1" debuted and featured many music videos, surround sound mixes, slideshows, and live performances. It''s definitely a new way to experience Jim''s songs!
Jim is a student at Southern Connecticut State University and is in the Honors program. He is studying to get his Video Production degree and hopes to work with radio, video, and (of course) music in his life.