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I LOVE 'On & on' [stephen Bishop] - that line 'gonna toss up my heart and see where it lands' is FAB - U -LOUS.

Obviously our Duo set list is no good to you guitar guys, different songs work for Duo's and also the UK charts etc have songs that the US audiences won't know.


Do any of you guitar guys sing "Dance With Me" by Orleans? I love that song. I know it's meant to be a harmony song with more than one voice, but so are The Eagles songs.

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I don't do set lists, but prefer to call songs as my instincts and experience tells me what I hope the audience wants next. I watch the crowd, the dancers and the listeners, see what they are reacting to. Do they need another fast one? Or are they tired? Do they want a ballroom dance? Listening song? Comedy? Whatever? The way I run my backing tracks, I can make my decision during the last 10 seconds of the song I am playing and still get to the next song immediately if I need to (this is especially important when the dance floor is full).

But I do have an entire song list here http://www.s-cats.com

And if you are interested on how I run the backing tracks on stage http://www.nortonmusic.com/backing_tracks.html - also how I make them and more thoughts about set lists can be read or ignored on that page.

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I don't do set lists, but prefer to call songs

 

I would imagine we're all that way...I dont think I've ever seen a solo performer use a setlist.
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How does that Mavericks song go over? I love that song and have been considering adding it in. It's a fun song.
Pretty good, not the best, but depends on the crowd.

If you love the song, that right there is a great reason to add it. The more fun you are having, the more the audience will reflect that. I enjoy playing it too!
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Quote Originally Posted by Notes_Norton View Post
I don't do set lists, but prefer to call songs as my instincts and experience tells me what I hope the audience wants next.
Quote Originally Posted by Potts View Post
I would imagine we're all that way...I dont think I've ever seen a solo performer use a setlist.
setlist, songlist, tomato, toMAto icon_lol.gif

I kinda do a combination of both. Using Sonar to play my tracks, I do have a setlist window, where with one tap of the spacebar, I can launch into the next tune after one finishes. But I can adjust the setlist on the fly by dragging and dropping the order when I have requests or when I think another song will work better at the moment.

All my songs are right there on a list so I can pick them, not wondering what to play next.
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Here is mine, I am sure there are songs missing but...

American Girl
Angels of Harlem
Billy Jean
Black
Blaze of Glory
Blister in the Sun
Blue Suede Shoes
Bobbie McGee
Born to be my Baby
Brown Eyed Girl
Burden in my Hand
Burning Love
Closer to the Heart/Spirit of Radio
Closing Time
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Crazy Train
Daniel
Danny

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I'll paste it here too.. It's probably easier in the scope of things...

  1. Sister Golden Hair- America
  2. Shooting Star - Bad Company
  3. Blame it on Me- Barenaked Ladies
  4. Brian Wilson- Barenaked Ladies
  5. Enid- Barenaked Ladies
  6. Good Boy- Barenaked Ladies
  7. Jane- Barenaked Ladies
  8. Lovers in a Dangerous Time- Barenaked Ladies
  9. Million Dollars - Barenaked Ladies
  10. Old Apartment -Barenaked Ladies
  11. One Week - Barenaked Ladies
  12. Pinch Me -Barenaked Ladies
  13. Yoko Ono -B-arenaked Ladies
  14. Ballad of John & Yoko -Beatles
  15. Blackbird - Beatles
  16. Hey Jude -Beatles
  17. Hide Your Love Away -Beatles
  18. Golden Slumbers - Beatles
  19. I've Just Seen a Face -Beatles
  20. Let it Be - Beatles
  21. Norweigan Wood - Beatles
  22. Ticket to Ride - Beatles
  23. To Love Somebody - Bee Gees
  24. Stand By Me - Ben E King
  25. Good - Better than Ezra
  26. Till I Am Myself - Blue Rodeo
  27. No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
  28. 3 Little birds - Bob Marley
  29. Against the Wind - Bob Segar
  30. Turn the Page - Bob Segar
  31. Livin on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
  32. The Way it Is - Bruce Hornsby
  33. Hungry Heart - Bruce Springsteen
  34. Ever Seen the Rain - CCR
  35. Who'll Stop the Rain -CCR
  36. The World I Know - Collective Soul
  37. Better Be Home Soon -Crowded House
  38. Love the One -Steven Stills
  39. Teach Your Children -CSN
  40. Wasted on the Way -CSN
  41. Everyday - Dave Matthews
  42. 2 Tickets to Paradise -Eddie Money
  43. Where are you Going? -Dave Matthews
  44. Slide - Goo Goo Dolls
  45. Sympathy -Goo Goo Dolls
  46. Friend of the Devil -Grateful Dead
  47. Good Riddance - Green Day
  48. Sweet Child of Mine - Guns and roses
  49. Family Tradition - Hank Williams Jr
  50. Everybody's Talkin -Harry Nilson
  51. Molly Malone - Irish Traditional
  52. Mountain Dew - Irish Traditional
  53. Wild Rover - Irish Traditional
  54. Banana Pancakes -Jack Johnson
  55. Upside Down - Jack Johnson
  56. I'm Yours -Jason Mraz
  57. Carmen -Jimmy Buffet
  58. Come Monday - Jimmy Buffet
  59. Margarittaville - Jimmy Buffet
  60. Son of a Sailor -Jimmy Buffet
  61. Volcano -Jimmy Buffet
  62. Country Roads -John Denver
  63. Say -John Mayer
  64. Body is a Wonderland -John Mayer
  65. Cherry Bomb - John Mellancamp
  66. Pink Houses -John Mellancamp
  67. Small Town John Mellancamp
  68. Folsom Prison -Johnny Cash
  69. Don
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i know i'm forgetting a bunch but here's a few...

jim croce...

1 dont mess around with jim
2 i have to say i love you in a song
3 i've got a name
4 lover's cross
5 new yorks not my home
6 one less set of footsteps
7 operator
8 photographs and memories
9 time in a bottle

jimmy buffet

10 a pirate looks at forty
11 bama breeze
12 banana republics
13 barometer soup
14 boat drinks
15 breathe in breathe out
16 changes in latitudes
17 come monday
18 five o'clock somewhere
19 margaritaville
20 last mango in paris
21 pascagoula run
22 pencil thin moustache
23 son of a son of a sailor
24 the wino and i know
25 tin cup chalice
26 volcano

james taylor
27 carolina in my mind
28 fire and rain
29 how sweet it is
30 sweet baby james
31 youve got a friend
32 mexico
33 shower the people
34 country road

simon and garfunkle

35 59th street blues
36 the boxer
37 bridge over troubled water
38 homeward bound
39 i am a rock
40 mrs robinson
41 scarborough fair
42 sounds of silence
43 kathys song

the eagles

44 best of my love
45 desperado
46 lyin eyes
47 peaceful easy feeling
48 take it easy
49 tequila sunrise
50 hotel california

the beatles

51 a day in the life
52 all you need is love
53 a little help from my friends
54 and i love her
55 back in the ussr
56 blackbird
57 day tripper
58 here comes the sun
59 i'm looking through you
60 in my life
61 it's only love
62 i've just seen a face
63 hey jude
64 michelle
65 norwegian wood
66 nowhere man
67 ob-la-di ob-la-da
68 oh darlin'
69 revolution
70 rocky raccoon
71 sgt peppers lonely hearts club band
72 something
73 things we said today
74 ticket to ride
75 we can work it out
76 when i'm sixty-four
77 yesterday
78 you've got to hide your love away

roy orbison

79 in dreams
80 only the lonely
81 pretty woman
82 running scared
83 sweet dream baby
84 you got it

85 aint no sunshine (bill withers)
86 american pie (don mcclean)
87 amie (pure prarie league)
88 jazzman (pure prairie league)
89 annies song (john denver)
90 another day (paul mccartney)
91 aqualung (jethro tull)
92 locomotive breath ( jethro tull)
93 baby blue (badfinger)
94 baby i'm a want you (bread)
95 badge (cream)
96 bad moon risin' (CCR)
97 band on the run (paul mccartney)
98 behind blue eyes (the who)
99 black water (doobie bros)
100 blowin' in the wind (bob dylan)
101 brown eyed girl ( van morrison)
102 california girls (beach boys)
103 cat's in the cradle ( harry chapin)
104 cherry cherry (neil diamond)
105 city of new orleans ( arlo guthrie)
106 cracklin rose (neil diamond)
107 crazy (willie nelson)
108 cross my heart ( george strait)
109 danny's song ( loggins and messina)
110 day after day (badfinger)
111 dock of the bay (otis redding)
112 down on the corner (CCR)
113 dream a little dream (mamas and the papas)
114 dreamer (ozzy osbourne)
115 dust in the wind (kansas)
116 fifty ways to leave your lover (paul simon)
117 free ride (edgar winter)
118 garden party (ricky nelson)
119 get together (youngbloods)
120 drift away (dobie gray)
121 goin' up the country (canned heat)
122 guitar man (bread)
123 happy together (turtles)
124 have you ever seen the rain (CCR)
125 heard it through the grapevine (marvin gaye)
126 heart of gold (neil young)
127 hold you in my arms (ray lamontange)
128 hooked on a feelin' (b j thomas)
129 honky cat (elton john)
130 horse with no name (america)
131 i am i said (neil diamond)
132 i can see clearly now (johnny nash)
133 if (bread)
134 i fought the law (bobby fuller band)
135 if you could read my mind (gordon lightfoot)
136 imagine (john lennon)
137 i'm not in love (10 cc)
138 i shot the sheriff (eric clapton)
139 jumpin jack flash (rolling stones)
140 kentucky woman (neil diamond)
141 kodachrome (paul simon)
142 la bamba (ritchie valens)
143 layala (eric clapton)
144 lay lady lay ( bob dylan)
145 let it be me ( ray lamontange)
146 light my fire ( jose feliciano)
147 listen to the music ( doobie bros)
148 lonely people (america)
149 maggie may (rod stewart)
150 marry me (train)
151 melissa (allman bros)
152 midnight rider (allman bros)
153 moon shadow (cat stevens)
154 most beautiful girl (charlie rich)
155 mr. bojangles (nitty gritty dirt band)
156 my girl (temptations)
157 my hometown (bruce springsteen)
158 my sweet lord (george harrision)
159 never my love ( association)
160 nights in white satin (moody blues)
161 out in the country (three dog night)
162 no matter what (badfinger)
163 play me (neil diamond)
164 poor side of town (johnny rivers)
165 proud mary (CCR)
166 raindrops keep fallin' on my head ( b.j. thomas)
167 rocket man (elton john)
168 rocky mountain high (john denver)
169 ruby tuesday (rolling stones)
170 roundabout (yes)
171 sister golden hair (america)
172 she's always a woman (billy joel)
173 solitary man (neil diamond)
174 southern cross (crosby stills and nash)
175 stairway to freebird (led zep/skynyrd)
176 stop hey whats that sound (B springfield)
177 story in your eyes ( moody blues)
178 summer breeze (seals and crofts)
179 summer rain (johnny rivers)
180 sundown (g. lightfoot)
181 sunshine go away today (jonathan edwards)
182 sunshine of your love (cream)
183 sweet caroline (neil diamond)
184 taxi (harry chapin)
185 tears in heaven (eric clapton)
186 your song (elton john)
187 to love somebody (bee gees)
188 tuesday afternoon (moody blues)
189 ventura highway (america)
190 unchained melody (righteous bros)
191 way you look tonight (elton john )
192 watching the river run (loggins and messina)
193 the weight (the band)
194 what a wonderful world (louis armstrong)
195 whats goin' on (marvin gaye)
196 white room (cream)
197 wild world (cat stevens)
198 lookin' out my back door (CCR)
199 wonderful tonight (eric clapton)
200 wont back down (tom petty)
201 words (bee gees)
202 wreck of the edmund fitzgerald (g lightfoot)
203 you are the sunshine of my life (stevie wonder)
204 you keep me hangin' on (vanilla fudge)
205 come together (beatles)
206 all along the watchtower (bob dylan)
207 carmelita (warren zevon)
208 rt 66 (commander cody)
209 boom boom out go the lights
210 willin' ( little feat)
211 island (jimmy buffet)
212 little miss magic (jimmy buffet)
213 hey good lookin' (hank williams)
214 jambalaya (hank williams)
215 let me go home whiskey (bob wills and the texas playboys)
216 already gone (eagles)
217 truck drivin man ( dave dudley)
218 helpless ( crosby stills nash and young)
219 shooting star (bad company)
229 moondance (van morrison)
230 please dont bury me (john prine)
231 angel from montgomery (john prine)
232 dear abby (john prine)
233 keep on rockin' in the free world (neil young)
234 cortez the killer (neil young )
235 down by the river (neil young)
236 brown sugar (rolling stones)
237 wild horses (gram parsons)
238 love hurts (gram parsons)
239 while my guitar gently weeps (george harrison)
240 ramblin' fever ( merle haggard)
241 whippin' post (greg allman)
242 ridin' the storm out (reo speedwagon)
243 sweet jane (lou reed)
244 desperadoes waiting for a train (guy clark)
245 ballad of the last gunfighter (guy clark)
246 the dark (guy clark)
247 seven bridges road (steve young)
248 two more bottles of wine (emmy lou harris)
249 dead flowers (gram parsons/townes van zandt)
250 steam roller blues (james taylor)
251 4 & 20 (crosby stills nash and young)
252 long train runnin' (doobie bros)
253 daniel (elton john)
254 redneck mothers (ray wiley hubbard)
255 london homesick blues (jerry jeff walker)
256 walk away ( james gang)
257 mr tambourine man (the byrds)
258 if you want to get to heaven (ozark mountain daredevils)
259 panama red (new riders of the purple sage)
260 standin' on a rock (ozark mountain daredevils)

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we made up a song "menu"... a laminated song list of about 200 of our tunes that folks can just write the numbers down for requests... it helps figure out which way the current crowd is leaning for musical tastes... sometimes... biggrin.gif

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Quote Originally Posted by Voltan

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we made up a song "menu"... a laminated song list of about 200 of our tunes that folks can just write the numbers down for requests... it helps figure out which way the current crowd is leaning for musical tastes... sometimes... biggrin.gif

 

I've thought about doing that, myself. smile.gif
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Quote Originally Posted by Potts View Post
I would imagine we're all that way...I dont think I've ever seen a solo performer use a setlist.
Don't in our duo, never did in bigger bands either with 2 exceptions:
  1. When I was in a "show band" we had memorized shows with the same order of tunes
  2. When we were the warm up bands for major headliners in concert we went on stage with a set list - but we sometimes changed it if we felt the need to

A few months ago, we did a volunteer concert at the VA hospital for wheelchair bound veterans living at the nursing home. Leilani and I put together a set list that featured songs that we thought would be the favorites of the ages of the vets we saw wheeling around there. Setting up equipment we got a few requests.

So when I started the show, the first thing I did was introduce ourselves, then told the audience that we had this list of songs all prepared, but we got a few requests while we were setting up so we are going to throw the set list away, play the requests, and wing it for the rest of the show. We got immediate applause for that and we played for our hour, threw in a few extra tunes, and felt good about bringing some diversion to the people who gave so much for our country.

I also have a page on my web site, optimized for smart phones, where people can request songs that we know. I omitted a lot of the information to make it easier and quicker to download, and I didn't include songs that are part of medleys.

Not many people use it though. But the few that do seem to enjoy it.

I see a lot of great songs on other people's song lists. Many of them are already on our long list of songs to learn, and others have just been added.

Notes ?
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