Singing and playing guitar again

Because a lot of other things came up — including summer, this conference and this paper that I wrote in its aftermath — it feels like it’s been ages since I played and sang songs at a folk club or similar. Checking my notes, I see that the last time was in fact right back in May, which is much too long.

Happily, I fixed that on Friday night, where I had a chance to play four songs at the Cross Keys Inn in Goodrich. One of them I’ve done before: Crosby, Stills and Nash’s cheerful travelogue Marrakesh Express. But the other three were all new additions to the repertoire: Paul Simon’s downbeat three-act short story Slip-Slidin’ Away, the Beatles psychedelic epic A Day in the Life, and Joni Mitchell’s heartbreaking but emotionally cold A Case of You. (I know you need a band, a symphony orchestra and three grand pianos to do A Day in the Life properly, but we make do and mend.)

That brings my repertoire to 45 songs. When I hit fifty, I’ll have to start looking around and seeing if I can find some actual gigs, or at least support slots.

Also on the agenda: it’s to my enduring shame that I’ve never written a song of my own. I like interpreting others’ work, but it does feel like that’s only half of the job.

4 responses to “Singing and playing guitar again

  1. Learning the repertoire is part of becoming a real musician, no matter your preferred genre. Witness my wife, who actually gets paid to play her guitar for all kinds of old-time gigs (dances, parties, weddings, and more), yet while old-time music is her passion, her work is as a particle physicist! So, though I can play most anything on my mandolin, if you say “let’s play xyzzy”, me I’d say “play a bar or two of that”. My wife would just say “what key do you want that in?” … :-)

  2. Richard G. Whitbread

    How’s ‘LTL’ coming along…? ;-)

  3. I mostly have Love to Love working. But to be honest I’m not sure whether it really comes off in an acoustic-guitar-only version. I might try it out, but other songs are working better.

  4. Pingback: How to write a song (as told by someone who’s never written a song) | The Reinvigorated Programmer

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