Mike's wife, Lorna here. I do most of the typing & he does all of the playing! :-)
Interesting - the 'less than familiar' songs & audience interest.... A regular show Mike does - two people stated that "he always plays the same songs" = my comment was, no - he doesn't, he's adding at least one new tune each gig, and the ear only thinks it the 'same ole' because the mind recognizes it. However = on the opposite side - a large group of people actually walked out of the Bob Dillon concert here a few months ago because "they didn't recognize any of the songs"!!!!
Solo Acoustic certainly has it's challenges! I'm sure Toby Walker could give us all some invaluable tips & insight on that!!! :-)
Can't please all the people all the time...a wise one once told me.
Noticed your blog reference to the Radio Deluxe downloads page. Great, we have saved the weekly downloads of the show going back to Nov. '07. Just great music and entertainment. You might also be interested in the Radio Deluxe Community http://radiodeluxe.ning.com , another "ning thing" like this community created by John and laid out very similar. It's not just players but music lovers also focusing on the Great American Songbook and all things Radio Deluxe and Pizzarelli (even Bucky - I posted a great video of Bucky and Howard Alden smoking on Cherokee on the site) and Molaskey. Though not as active as the Acoustic Guitar community I have developed some great friendships there. Would certainly love to have you join the fray. BTW the RD show had a great version, a couple of weeks ago, of the Berlin Song "The Best Things Happen While You Dance" (Remember Danny Kaye and Vera Ellen dancing on the dock in White Christmas) done by Kurt Elling ... just swinging. Always a song I loved but Elling's take compelled me to do a fingerstyle arrangement of it that I just finished charting. Lots of inspiration to be had there.
They had a nice palette to choose from. NGW page offered the same custom options. I like seeing a quick list of JHG blog posts on your page. I'm had not been aware of MLK's exalted speech concerning jazz prior to reading it last week. Left me with lots to ponder.
I was reflecting on my baker's dozen list of favorite artists and suddenly realized 8 of those selections would maybe have never reached my ears but for you. A far better existence I have for knowing them, without question. How can that not be the highest measure of achievement of a teacher's influence or impact.?
Once again, Thanx