Putting together a new setlist (and they are never really new, just slowly tweaked versions of older setlists) is always both exciting and nervewracking. Exciting because it often means the band and I get to unleash some new jams. Nervewracking because I always have to cut something when I’m adding something new. There was a time when I thought “Thou Lovely Source Of True Delight” would always be a staple, but it had to get the axe more than a year ago (still love that one though). Being that my concerts represent both my records and the Indelible Grace albums, I try to do something from each of them— pretty hard since we are up to nine records now, but we’re managing. Unlike most bands, we are often playing to a couple hundred people who have never heard our CDs. One night, we’ll play “Arise My Soul Arise” and people will be visibly excited, singing along at the top of their lungs. The next night, it’s just another song they’ve never heard. Or we’ll fail to play the one song that particular church knows. But I always commit to putting together the best setlist possible, one that highlights the strengths of the particular band that is playing with me, is musically engaging, and takes the band and the audience on a journey. I added a few tunes from Love Shall Never Die to next week’s setlist, and hope they move others as much as they move me.
Ok, I’ve violated my Tumblog rule of not writing a bunch of sentences that no one cares about, so time to sign off.