Tonight I was back at Relish Bar and Restaurant in Hartford Cheshire.
These restaurant gigs are a strange beast. You’re essentially ‘background music/muzak’ to people’s night out, rather than the focal point. As a songwriter, you pour your heart and soul into your ‘craft,’ so it can feel a bit demoralising to provide the backdrop and to have to play as quietly and inoffensively as possible.
But then, you also never know who’s truly listening or being stirred by what you’re doing either. There were certainly some appreciation shown by both the audience and the staff and the feedback was good.
It also gave me chance to try out some of my newer songs, practise some covers and try to remember my older songs over a period of over 2 1/2 hours non-stop playing – about 2 hours longer than my normal set and an exhaustive, exhausting but overall fun thing to do. And a couple of coppers towards hopefully saving up for some new equipment, which is sorely needed!
Here’s the epic set list I played tonight. Big thanks to the people of Hartford for the gig tonight 🙂 –
Time After Time (Cyndi Lauder Cover)
How the Other Half Lives
Tracks of My Tears (Smokey Robinson Cover)
She’s a Drug
You Can Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac Cover)
What’s in a Word?
The Mask Slipped
It’s Like Falling In Love Again
All of Me (John Legend Cover)
I’m Just Gonna Be Me
You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down
Heart of Gold (Neil Young Cover)
A Subtle Shock
Her New Addiction
I am a Rock (Paul Simon Cover)
Holding Onto Life
Till the Day I Die
You Saved Me
And then I repeated the whole set!
Big thanks, and if you enjoyed it tonight, I’ll be playing again at Relish in a couple of months and it would be great to see you again!