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Posted on Sat, Aug 05, 2006 20:15

Okay, need some honest input here. In a few weeks, I am going to be doing my first non-churchy kind of musical gig in 20 years. Problem is, I used to know hours worth of music but I realize now its REALLY dated - heavy on folk, 60s and 70s, with a few obscure things thrown in. Is it my imagination (or pathetic fantasy) that this is the kind of stuff folks might still enjoy hearing if its a fun venue and FREE and there are not unreasonable expectations that we are rock stars? So tell me: What music do you absolutely HATE to hear when you go to an open air festival type gathering? Are you sick beyond caring with the Peter Paul and Mary type stuff? CSN? Bob Dylan? James Taylor? Joni Mitchell? Arlo Guthrie? Obviously, its all in the delivery. Perhaps hearing a tired old standby but with a refreshing new take on it (e.g., a female vocal and violin overlay for Guthries 'Comin' Into Los Angeles? . . . ) might make even the most wretched song redeeming? Anyway, give me an idea of the tunes you've heard one too many times at your local pub or coffee shop so I can strike if off my list!!! **** Update . . . I tried to post a response on this blog (b/c I much appreciated all the input) and then the entire blog vanished. Well, if it ever reappears again, just know that I appreciated your input : )


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Posted on Thu, Aug 10, 2006 20:12

Scorpio - you are dead on with all your songs to hate but . . . . Rubberband man: Love that era, love that sound, love the spinners, nothing redeeming about it muscially - but LOVED to dance to it! Oh, and Bob Dylan too . . . like a lot of his stuff just dont always like hearing him do it : ) P.S. You are so dead on as to 17 - i cringe to recall that I quoted that song in my high school year book bio - ugh!


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Posted on Thu, Aug 10, 2006 08:00

Other songs that suck (imo:) PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON MIDNITE AT THE OASIS 17 AMERICAN PIE ANYTHING BY BOB DYLAN RAP MUSIC IN GENERAL RUBBER BAND MAN DISCO DUCK I WILL SURVIVE WELCOME BACK (MR. KOTTTTTERRRRRRR) Help me gang, other songs you love to hate??


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Posted on Thu, Aug 10, 2006 07:53

CHANCES...omg a "dead ringer" for Bill Clinton! wow! anyone else see this? Ok, no MUSAK and if I hear MARGARITAVILLE one more time, I am gonna PUKE. Play please: Michael McDonald, James Taylor, clasic rock, anything but PARROT HEAD MUSIC.


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Posted on Wed, Aug 09, 2006 17:44

Thanks Chancesare! And trust me, NO MUZAK . . . my music may ultimately suck by some standards but it wont be for being BLAND. Now, about Bryan Ferry, have to admit I dont really know his stuff but that he spans a lot of years and genres so he sure bears looking into. P.S. Tiny Dancer - You are dead on - NO STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN!!!!


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Posted on Tue, Aug 08, 2006 19:48

You go! Just, whatever you do, don't turn it into Muzak. Ever try something like Bryan Ferry stuff?


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Posted on Tue, Aug 08, 2006 19:11

MsChou - GREAT suggestions and I appreciate your thought and specificity - clearly a musician with a vision! I think I do need to modernize my repetoire but I dont think I'll be able to sit down and learn new stuff (and be comfortable performing it) before this festival. I might be able swing a coupleyou suggest though (I like the soul meets body suggestion esp) - so thanks for the good advice


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Posted on Mon, Aug 07, 2006 19:01

Thanks everyone for the good input - you all are really wonderfully helpful!!! LL is dead on as to Freebird and 1girl41, also an exceedingly wise woman, has a point about PPM though it appears Starvoyager may disagree : ) I must admit, if you like to sing harmonies, as I do, you cant beat Peter, Paul and Mary tunes when singing with other folksinger types. Beatles are on the list too tho SV (and probably at least one PPM) so us children of the sixties will get by. Nauticagal (love your handle btw!) - wish I could say I had some good original stuff to play but the only 'popular' kind of music I wrote was in college and it is the oh-so-predictable melancholy tripe that late teens are famous for. I cringe now when I look at those scribbles from my yesteryear. My only real success writing music was one piece for a church retreat that has been recycled in a few venues by others which was kinda gratifying. Unfortunately however that music wont get folks very excited at this outdoor gathering! Nativenewyorker - I think you're on to something with focusing on the audience. It will be a real blend of folks socio economically as I live in a very diverse, revitalized urban community of much larger city (which actually is about 1 million population). Anyway, the festival is put on in our local park with booths and vendors and various activites for kids etc. with several hundred in attendance, probably predominantly family types though also expect some local Goths, street people, and cross dressers will be in attendance as well. I'd expect more Baby Boom than X or Y. And Cdinco, its funny you suggest the dancing part as my sis (fiddle player) is actually the real professional and is trying to get me to do some contra dance music with her at a festival this weekend as a warmup to this little gig. I've done a bit of that kind of music and it is really fun if folks want to dance (and it is NOT country . . . which I agree is NOT my cup of tea) Lombard, good suggestions all, especially the U2 (I forget how much I love their stuff) . . . my abilities are limited as we have already established however so in the small time I have to get my act together I'll be loathe to try too much new stuff. But 'Amen' to Joni Mitchell, my favorite woman musician of 20th century I just wish she wasn't so in to open tuning. Oh, and btw Lombard, if you ever want to borrow my guitar to smash in the head of some certain person(s) you have been debating on your racists blog, pls feel free - I'm sure it couldnt be put to better use. I am really fed up with those folks . . .and would you get a load of the latest 911 blog!!?? Geniek - thanks for your comments. I was a good singer back in the day but that was 20 years ago and my guitar playing really is pathetic. I'm hoping my sister will be able to cover me enough so I can sort of limp/strum along. I'm with you on Bread too - so sweet those guys were!!! Sorry you don't like bluegrass. You need to come to Louisville sometime as my guest and I'll take you somewhere to hear it live - nothing like it! Steelmagnolila, those are great suggestions and I'm embarrassed to say I'm not really familiar with either (shows I am stuck in that box you referenced I'm afraid) - about the only new musician I have purchased music for in last few years was Ray LaMontagne - loved his debut album last year. . . . And Ready4Unow, your words of encouragement are always appreciated!


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Posted on Mon, Aug 07, 2006 05:46

Hi there guitargirl, Why not step out of the box and check into some of Jan Garrett and J.D. Martin songs? Their latest CD "Already Home" is one of my favorites....and since you are a guitar girl, you might like it.


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Posted on Sun, Aug 06, 2006 13:07

WOW... That's a tough one because there is so much great music out there. Unfortunately, there is a lot of bad music as well. Although this may be hard to believe, even in Colorado country music is kind of a no-no, unless of course you do the REAL country... Oldies and goodies that we all know, no matter how hard we try not to... Patsy Kline is QUEEN!!! Just do whatever will get the crowd moving. Dancing is the point of playing in front of people unless you are throwing a concert... Although I've been known to fall off a few chairs and bleachers in my day!


Courtney :)

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Posted on Sun, Aug 06, 2006 12:24

Hi guitargirl! Depends what age your audience is I guess, but I just love all the oldies! If you're liking it, chances are so will they. Good luck!


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Posted on Sun, Aug 06, 2006 05:17

Thx LL - Freebird is DEFINITELY not on the list JT is probably, or at least a couple tune, but I have to be careful as my guitar pickin' abilities, dey sho' is limited! P.S. Keep on trucking on the break up girlfriend . . . you are young, beautiful and intelligent and worthy of a lot more!


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Posted on Sun, Aug 06, 2006 00:07

Freebird!!!! Oh, wait- wrong venue... Go heavy on the James Taylor, I love him!


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