Today I have recorded a few videoes for publishing over the next few days on my youtube channel. It got me thinking as to why I choose different songs. Some of the songs are ones I have had in my repertoire a long while – I was surprised to see I hadn’t done them before on youtube. This includes ‘Black Velvet Band’ and ‘My Grandfather’s clock’, both long-established and relatively-simple songs, the only difficulty being remembering all the verses.
Of course, old and folk songs are not all I play. Recently, through my choir (Mansfield Sings Community Choir), I have been introduced to various recent pop songs that otherwise I would not have known. So I have added George Ezra’s ‘Shotgun’ to my repertoire, and straightaway, I’ve used it whilst busking.
As you get older, you realise that many popular songs are not that good, including ones for which you have an affection yourself. That’s why many people seem to think that ‘the old ones are the best’, because they tend to forget the large number of mediocre ones, and many more less-well-played ones, and remember the ‘best’ or most-played ones. For example, ABBA did numerous songs, but how many people nowadays would remember ‘Why did it have to be me?’ or ‘Slipping through my fingers’?
So, I continue to try songs that I didn’t know, or didn’t know that well. And, if I can play it well enough, it gets added to my ever-growing repertoire.