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Ever-expanding repertoire

posted May 3, 2017, 3:43 PM by Steve Sauer   [ updated May 3, 2017, 10:33 PM ]
Yes, I realize I already wrote a post titled “The ever-growing repertoire” back at the end of 2014, but something similar needed to be written at this time.

A few weeks ago, I had a last-minute booking where I sat in with the Dirty Dozen Dance Band, which saw me getting through Al Green’s soul classic “Let’s Stay Together,” Donna Summer’s disco hit “Bad Girls,” Whitney Houston’s chart-topper “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and my particular favorite, “Boogie Oogie Oogie” by A Taste of Honey. That show also included my first-ever attempts at Stevie Wonder’s “Another Star” and Kool & the Gang’s “Hollywood Swinging.” Some of these songs were a long time coming. It seems impossible to me that I’d never before had to play Earth Wind & Fire’s “September” or “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan. These are all now songs I’ll be carrying in my back pocket.

Each project I’m involved in has been tossing a lot of new songs my way.
  • Singer/songwriter Dan Zdilla had me in the studio a few times recently working on some originals he’s written. Dan’s also got an interesting mix of cover tunes by the likes of Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison and Them, the Kinks, and Tom Petty.
  • AM Radio continues to unearth more lost classics including the works of songwriter Burt Bacharach, as performed by the likes of Chuck Jackson, Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick, Herb Alpert, and the 5th Dimension, to name only a few. We’ve also enjoyed adding more stuff by Sonny & Cher, which was totally fitting given our lovestruck singing couple of Kevin and Su.
  • The Flamin’ Caucasians played a Little League fundraiser this past weekend and it seemed “Centerfield” by John Fogerty would be an appropriate add to our virtual songlist. We dodged home run balls during our sets that also saw us playing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”
  • My friends in Presence are preparing our third Led Zeppelin tribute concert scheduled for next month, which means digging ever farther into the band’s formidable catalog. We had a very successful rehearsal today, running through five songs for the first time each. Even though not every song has keyboard or harmonica on them, I look for little other parts I can sing or play so I can usually contribute something.
  • The Sofa Kings have been rehearsing selections from Bruce Springsteen and U2, which I’ll be playing with them as soon as this coming Friday (Cinco de Mayo show at Twenty9). The Kings are a band of royalty, so it makes sense for them to play covers by Queen and Prince. I’ve also heard whisperings about “Sir Duke.”