One thing I have to say about my biases though, is that I do not think that we are a “boogie” band. Nor are we a true country band that can carry off a slow song like Don’t Tell Me without a lot of practice and investment. We all have our prejudices, and they color how we approach the music. Sometimes one or more of us are just not willing to invest in a given song. But we all appear to agree that we need to have a mix of songs, and that we prefer to have vocally-intensive, interesting ROCK tunes to play for the most part. We still need slow songs, acoustic songs, and some “genre” songs like blues and country, just to make the mix work. But we started out as a rock band, and that is where we are. We need to keep that in mind so that we can focus on our strengths. By “rock” I don’t mean loud or screaming though. Bob Dylan is rock music. The two things I have heard from everyone who has seen us is that we have a great selection of tunes, and that we sing really well. So let’s work that mojo and try to avoid counting how many “country” or “blues” tunes we do. We need to try songs, and work those that really work for the band. At the same time, we have a monster catalog of 100+ tunes that we have played before (at least the three of us). We should revisit that list and see what we can do with it. I think that we should learn some new tunes as well, but we don’t have the time to practice more than twice a month, so we need to budget the time and focus on what we can do as a priority.
What do Beethoven, David Bowie, Green Day, Mozart, *NSYNC, Pete Seeger, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, The Supremes, Rihanna, and many others all have in common? They all use the Andalusian Cadence, a four-note progression that’s the world’s most-used musical sequence.
There is only one cosmic song.