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Old 02-25-2004, 12:05 PM   #1
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Here's the scoop:
I have plans to play and sing at an open mike coffeehouse event in Hamilton. I don't think I'm especially gifted at singing, but I can sing on tune, and I can play any given Gord song I decide to work out. I want to do this just for the experience. Also, I have written some songs (influenced by Gord's style) that I want to share with someone other than me and my wife. I thought you Lightheads would like to help me out. I'm planning on playing one Gord song. Should it be

Song for a Winter's Night
If You Could Read my Mind
Shadows
Don Quioxte

or is there another that you think I should figure out (I already play the ones above).

I'm playing the one song to hopefully hook people to listen since Gord is familiar to some. Besides, I love Gord!

I look forward to hearing your comments.
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Old 02-25-2004, 12:05 PM   #2
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Here's the scoop:
I have plans to play and sing at an open mike coffeehouse event in Hamilton. I don't think I'm especially gifted at singing, but I can sing on tune, and I can play any given Gord song I decide to work out. I want to do this just for the experience. Also, I have written some songs (influenced by Gord's style) that I want to share with someone other than me and my wife. I thought you Lightheads would like to help me out. I'm planning on playing one Gord song. Should it be

Song for a Winter's Night
If You Could Read my Mind
Shadows
Don Quioxte

or is there another that you think I should figure out (I already play the ones above).

I'm playing the one song to hopefully hook people to listen since Gord is familiar to some. Besides, I love Gord!

I look forward to hearing your comments.
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Old 02-25-2004, 12:48 PM   #3
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Hi,Minstrel Man! Borderstone here. I would say,since it is a coffee house and that's kind of an intimate setting,I think you should go with either "Winter's Night" or "Don Q."
"Read My Mind" would be a good choice but I'm sure anyone who likes GL and wants to sing would do that one. "Shadows",a little more complex but overall I'd lean twords "Winter's Night". Mainly because for a large %-age of folks,it's obscure. Hope I helped you and as they say in show biz,"break a leg!" Later!

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Old 02-25-2004, 01:16 PM   #4
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Wherefore And Why
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Old 02-25-2004, 01:16 PM   #5
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Old 02-25-2004, 01:28 PM   #6
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Why don't you play Alberta Bound, or High And Dry, and don't forget The Pony Man!
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Old 02-25-2004, 01:28 PM   #7
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Why don't you play Alberta Bound, or High And Dry, and don't forget The Pony Man!
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Old 02-25-2004, 01:38 PM   #8
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So many to chose from, how about Hi'way Songs, "coffeehouses, halls & bars".

Hope you have a great time and make some converts!
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Old 02-25-2004, 05:27 PM   #9
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Without a doubt, Restless..
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Old 02-25-2004, 11:10 PM   #10
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Wow! I'm intrigued. You've given me some interesting suggestions so far. A number of faster paced songs suggested. I like playing Restless too. Anyone else like to suggest their ideas? Thanks to those who have responded so far.

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Old 02-25-2004, 11:26 PM   #11
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Lazy Mornin'
Carefree Highway
Restless is a great song
And I like The Watchman's Gone.
As an audience member I like hearing songs I can sing with, but Gord has so many great songs that people haven't heard or haven't heard a lot that it would be nice so something "off the beaten track." Good luck!
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Old 02-25-2004, 11:26 PM   #12
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Lazy Mornin'
Carefree Highway
Restless is a great song
And I like The Watchman's Gone.
As an audience member I like hearing songs I can sing with, but Gord has so many great songs that people haven't heard or haven't heard a lot that it would be nice so something "off the beaten track." Good luck!
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Old 02-26-2004, 05:02 AM   #13
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Minstral Man,

don't forget 'Too Much to Lose' and 'I'm
not s'posed to care','It's Worth
Believin''. So many to choose from ...

There you go - bring us some converts!
Have a great time.
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Old 02-26-2004, 08:05 AM   #14
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Why don't you do yourself and the audience a favor and play them all. Or as many as you can.
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Old 02-26-2004, 08:05 AM   #15
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Why don't you do yourself and the audience a favor and play them all. Or as many as you can.
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Old 02-27-2004, 10:17 PM   #16
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quote:Originally posted by Minstrel Man:
Here's the scoop:
I have plans to play and sing at an open mike coffeehouse event in Hamilton. I don't think I'm especially gifted at singing, but I can sing on tune, and I can play any given Gord song I decide to work out. I want to do this just for the experience. Also, I have written some songs (influenced by Gord's style) that I want to share with someone other than me and my wife. I thought you Lightheads would like to help me out. I'm planning on playing one Gord song. Should it be

Song for a Winter's Night
If You Could Read my Mind
Shadows
Don Quioxte

or is there another that you think I should figure out (I already play the ones above).

I'm playing the one song to hopefully hook people to listen since Gord is familiar to some. Besides, I love Gord!

I look forward to hearing your comments.


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And dedicate it to Gord.

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Old 03-01-2004, 07:59 AM   #17
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Just don't play "Sundown". That song's boring, plus everyone's heard that one.
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Old 03-01-2004, 07:59 AM   #18
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Just don't play "Sundown". That song's boring, plus everyone's heard that one.
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Old 03-01-2004, 10:46 AM   #19
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quote:Originally posted by DMD3:
Just don't play "Sundown". That song's boring, plus everyone's heard that one.

I disagree that "Sundown" is boring, and the fact that everyone has heard it may actually work in its favor.

I would nominate "Winter's Night" and "Borderstone." I think they'd go over well in a coffee house.

Totally OT as far as GL songs go, but I once performed Martina McBride's "Cheap Whiskey" in a bar setting.

"Since the hour that she left he's been sober
And each breath that he draws makes him think
About the light of his life gone forever
When he traded her love for a drink
And the darkness still echoes her warning
You can't have two loves in your life
Now the things that will haunt him till the day that he dies
Is the smell of cheap whiskey and the sound of goodbye"

I didn't think it would fly, because drinkers wouldn't want to hear the "he's sorry he ever started drinking" message, and non-drinkers wouldn't be in a bar.

But it got big applause....

Audiences are unpredictable.

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Old 03-01-2004, 10:46 AM   #20
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quote:Originally posted by DMD3:
Just don't play "Sundown". That song's boring, plus everyone's heard that one.

I disagree that "Sundown" is boring, and the fact that everyone has heard it may actually work in its favor.

I would nominate "Winter's Night" and "Borderstone." I think they'd go over well in a coffee house.

Totally OT as far as GL songs go, but I once performed Martina McBride's "Cheap Whiskey" in a bar setting.

"Since the hour that she left he's been sober
And each breath that he draws makes him think
About the light of his life gone forever
When he traded her love for a drink
And the darkness still echoes her warning
You can't have two loves in your life
Now the things that will haunt him till the day that he dies
Is the smell of cheap whiskey and the sound of goodbye"

I didn't think it would fly, because drinkers wouldn't want to hear the "he's sorry he ever started drinking" message, and non-drinkers wouldn't be in a bar.

But it got big applause....

Audiences are unpredictable.

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Old 03-01-2004, 01:29 PM   #21
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Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Poor Little Allison, and maybe even Bitter Green.
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Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Poor Little Allison, and maybe even Bitter Green.
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Old 03-16-2004, 02:16 PM   #23
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Hey Minstrel Man, have you performed at the Hamilton coffehouse yet? Give us an update of what you sang and the responses.
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Old 03-16-2004, 10:28 PM   #24
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Long River:

Thanks for asking. I'm glad you thought of me. I have not yet taken the plunge to perform. The open mic happens weekly. So I just have to carve out the time and get up the nerve. I've been busy at work and home lately. However, fear not. I will get to it. I brought my guitar home from my workplace so that I have more opportunity to play and practice. I've just finished playing "I'll Prove my Love." I'll keep you posted as to when I will perform, what I perform, and how it goes. I will tell you that my guitar was at work because I performed "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" for two classes of high school students. They enjoyed the story and the song. Have a great day.
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Affair on 8th Avenye and If I Could are a couple of my personal favorites that I think work well in that setting
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