Well, I don't see a discusssion posted here yet, so I figured I would start one. Being a singer/songwriter that gigs infrequently, I have a fairly large reperatoire of songs that no one else knows... Recently I have been looking for songs I can add to my rep that are popular to cover in a coffee-house acoustic set, and was wondering what songs that other gigging musicians find useful and/or popular. In particular, I am looking for songs with the following criteria:
1. Lyrics that are interesting, positive, and perhaps spiritual in nature or at least would segue well into a spiritual song. This does not preclude singing love songs -- those can be quite spiritual -- but looking for ones with more maturity than "Baby hit me one more time." I am not neccessarily looking for overtly Christian or religious material either.
2. Can be arranged for solo acoustic guitar in an interesting way -- i.e. rhythm, fingerstyle, etc... I am using a Roland Loopstation too, so I am always looking to make arrangements that take advantage of the one-person-band possibilities a-la K.T Tunstall.
3. Songs people really like to hear -- upbeat is more of what I need since most of my own stuff tends toward the contemplative and I need more groove in my sets. I do regularly gig in church and Christian events, but I don't want every coffee-house set to be turned into one when I am out in a more general audience. The songs need to be genuinely entertaining and/or adored enough to want to request.
4. They need to make sense for a male singer. My favorite songwriters tend to be female for one reason or another, but many songs I might like to cover make no sense for me to be singing without gender-bending weirdness.
So what songs are hits in your set lists? Thanks all!