June 16, 2014

First of all, a mea culpa for not having written here for some time. To be honest, aside from the fact of my life being really full of “stuff”, I’m still getting used to having a website upon which I wreak my own havoc.

I just this morning received an email with some requests for changes and additions to the music for the new Dracula’s show up on the Gold Coast (opens July 8th; see you there), so once I’m done with this pseudo-blog, I’ll be back in the studio.
In the meantime however, I’m listening to the latest KISS compilation. Yes, there’s been almost as many KISS “Best Of’s” as there has actual releases, but this is a celebration of 40 years, so who am not to send a few more my hard-earned readies along to my still-favourite band? Now, about that new collection of vinyl…

My gig weeks (and I’m still doing seven a week in a Melbourne winter, praise be) currently represent quite a cross-section of demographics; between solo, duo and full band gigs, I get to play a huge range of songs. I thought it might be interesting to list the songs I’ve learned during the last month or so. I was going to do this as a Facebook post, but social media being what it is, it runs the risk of simply appearing like I’m bragging. It’s not that at all – it’s more of a reminder to myself of what I’ve done, and I suppose, if I were to be totally honest, partly in the vain hope that my venue managers might possibly notice how much time and effort I put into keeping the audience engaged. Largely, these tracks are those that I’ve thrown together either on the fly or between sets, and others (obviously in the case of band songs) I’ve/we’ve specifically learned for “repeat offenders”.

Billy Joel – a Matter of Trust
Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra
Bon Jovi – Always
Always on my Mind – Elvis Presley
Angie – the Rolling Stones
Beds are Burning – Midnight Oil
Dancing in the Dark – Bruce 
Daydream Believer  – the Monkees
Don’t Change – INXS
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me – Elton John
Elenor Rigby – the Beatles
Errol – Aussie Crawl
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys
Harley and Rose – the Black Sorrows
Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
Hazard – Richard Marx
Hold Me Now – Thompson Twins
I Guess that’s Why they Call it the Blues – Elton John
I Want to Break Free – Queen
I Was Only 19 – Redgum
I’m not in Love – 10CC
Lola – the Kinks
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – the Beatles
Man! I Feel Like a Woman! – Shania Twain
Message to my Girl – Split Enz
Only You – Yazoo
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
Rockin’ in the Free World – Neil Young
Runaround Sue – Bobby Darin
Sailing – Rod Stewart
Somewhere over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwoole
the Joker – Steve Miller Band
True Blue – John  Williamson
Twenty-four Hours from Tulsa – Gene Pitney
Viva La Vida – Coldplay
Walk on the Wild Side – Lou Reed
the Wonder of You – Elvis Presley

Actually, when I look back at this list – and it really IS only about a months’ worth – it’s almost unbelievable (if I do say so myself). I guess that must take my solo rep to around 650 songs – that’s pretty damn big list of songs. Book me, dammit! Ha!!

I had a couple of fun gigs filling-in with fiddle player extraordinaire Johnny Kendall this month (tho’ why would anyone choose to sing The Horses a semi-tone HIGHER than usual?), and the Sunday evening gig I do with Paul Shirley has been a really fun, relaxed, joyful event recently. There must be something in the winter air.

In other news; I had word from the producer of the new o/s KISS Tribute CD with which I’m involved that my track of “Save Your Love” has gone off to be mastered; release won’t be far away.

Back soon.

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