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#166896 - 07/21/05 07:28 AM Re: Looking for an opener ...
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Tony, Glad to hear you had a good gig, I knew you could do it....just read the crowd and play accordingly......I performed at a High End Retirement community outdoors also last night....300 people, & although it was only 3 hrs there were many obsticles to overcome such as, The Heat and Humidty which made seing & playing difficuly due to the keys being sweaty & sticky and the screen on the KB /Laptop almost blank until sunset. Mesquitos were out in full force and very hungry, I was getting bit like crazy even though I sprayed myself with Deep Woods OFF.....I couldnt wait to out of there....but I've done these kind of gigs hundreds of times and its par for the course, personally I prefere indoor airconditioned venues for sure!!

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#166897 - 07/21/05 07:45 AM Re: Looking for an opener ...
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Donny ... that reminds me of a 'steak fry' I played 2 years ago at a local Country Club ... the manager thought he was doing us a favor putting one of those huge "Mosquito Magnets" right close by ... It was like they were all stopping for their final meal on the way to the chamber ...
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#166898 - 07/21/05 12:58 PM Re: Looking for an opener ...
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My choice always goes to "All the things you are" or Jobim's "Corcovado"

Chico

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#166899 - 07/21/05 02:01 PM Re: Looking for an opener ...
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Originally posted by ChicoBrasil:
My choice always goes to "All the things you are" or Jobim's "Corcovado"

Chico


Chico ... I find it really difficult to pick ONE FAVORITE song over all others, but if my life depended on it, the choice most likely would be "All The Things You Are" ... it just didn't fit this occasion ...
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#166900 - 07/21/05 02:48 PM Re: Looking for an opener ...
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Registered: 12/01/99
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I've recently discovered & begun opening my Classic American Songbook genre shows with a medley of the following two 'very fittingly appropriate' classic Irving Berlin swing tunes originally made famous by the incomparable dancer & singer (and master at vocal phrasing), Fred Astaire:

"Top Hat, White Tie,& Tails"/"Stepping Out With My Baby"

I just got an invitation
Thru the mails
Your presence requested
This evenng it's formal
A top hat a white tie and tails

Nothing now could take the wind out of my sails
Because I'm invited to step out this evenng
With top hat and white tie and tails

I'm putting on my top hat
Tying up my white tie, brushing off my tails
I'm dudeing up my shirt front
Puttin in the shirt studs, polishing my nails

I'm steppin out my dear
To breathe an atmosphere that simply reeks with class
And I trust that you'll excuse my dust when I step on the gas, for . . .

I'll be there
Putting down my top hat
Mussin up my white tie
Dancing in my tails

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If I seem to scintillate
It's because I've got a date
A date with a package of
The good things that come with love
You don't have to ask me
I won't waste your time
But if you should ask me
Why I feel sublime

I'm Steppin out with my baby
Can't go wrong cause I'm in right
It's for sure not for maybe
That I'm all dressed up tonight

Steppin out with my honey
Can't be bad to feel so good
Never felt quite so sunny
And I keep on knocking on wood

There'll be smooth sailing
Cause I'm trimming my sails
In my top hat and my white tie and my tails

Steppin out with my baby
Can't go wrong cause I'm in right
Ask me when will that day be
The big day may be tonight
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