Things are looking up. Just finished two twenties-themed gigs that went very well. And my singing partner, Diane, scored a weekly gig from 7 to 9 every Thursday starting in October at one of the better restaurants in town. The manager heard us at (wait for it) a benefit last fall and really liked us and asked Di if we'd give it a try over the winter, which is a thin time for everyone in this tourist town.
I'll play piano and we'll both sing; we have very good chemistry and Di is an excellent musician. The only competition that night is an open mic right across the street but I suspect our clientele will be completely different--mature folks out for dinner vs less mature folks out for a raucus good time.
We still have some work to do on our repertoire. We have lots of songs, but I want to limit it to pre-1945 and similar and Diane wants to expand into other stuff. Some of that "other stuff," like Louis Jordan and early R&B, is fine by me; my own songs are fine by me; some "other stuff" like Ann Murray is less so. In addition, I want our repertoire to be small enough that I can get off-book on all of it--my memory was never the best and it's not improving.
I am adamant about not sliding into the dog's breakfast approach to repertoire--I want people to say "Caf