Boy, am I late writing this up.
This past Saturday I performed the first of three scheduled brunch dates at Radio Bean. Music was played. Peppermint tea was consumed. Fun was had.
I normally only play for forty-five minutes to an hour; I put together my set list by carefully reviewing my list of original songs and choosing 10-11 of them based on my mood and what I played at previous shows. If I recall that a particular song got a good reaction at my last show I will throw it on the list. If I recall that a song got a terrible reaction I will leave it off the list, unless I really want to play it and then it’s “screw you, audience, what do you know about music, you’re going to sit there and listen to this song and like… hey where are you going? shit.” … I also like to choose two or three cover songs to throw into the mix. I love to play the music that makes me love music and often dream about starting various cover bands dedicated to individual artists – past thoughts have included a Beatles cover band, Elliott Smith cover band, Allman Brothers cover band, Howard Jones cover band, Huey Lewis and the News cover band, and a GWAR cover band (pretty sure that one was a food poisoning induced fever dream).
Anyway, once I have the list of songs, I will put them into an order, run through them once or twice to make sure it flows correctly and then NEVER DEVIATE FROM THE SET LIST! When I’m in front of the audience and I play a song that doesn’t really connect with them and I know that the next two songs are sort of similar, I play them anyway because you NEVER DEVIATE FROM THE SET LIST!
Anyway, For this series of gigs, I get to play for two hours, so I get to choose around 20 of my originals and 4-6 cover songs, which is pretty sweet. And I thought I would try something different, since I had two hours, I thought maybe I should try and read the crowd a bit more and just play the songs that feel right, which is a long way of saying that I didn’t go in with a set list. I went in with a song list and just played. I think it worked for about 90% of the show, but I’m happy with that success rate. I’m not sure I’ll ever do it again, though.
In any event, here are the songs that I played, in no particular order:
- Rehearsing Our Goodbyes
- Ordinary Day
- Jesus in Chains
- All the Same to You
- While Watching the Window
- Mind this Mind
- Let You Down
- The Whole – this is a new one, played for an audience for the first time
- Redemption on Pearl
- The Interrogator (enhanced)
- Stupid Lullaby
- My Fear of Losing You
- So Lovely
- For Milly – With Mostly Squalor
- Dogs at the Door
- You Know
- The Meanest Thing I’ll Ever Write
- The Pentophobe
- A Jerk’s Lament
- Angeles – Elliott Smith
- Blackbird – The Beatles
- You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away – The Beatles
That’s it. It was fun. I’ll play a lot of the same music this Saturday, with the exceptions of the covers (unless someone specifically asks). Come down. Have brunch.