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Great Place! 

I had great fun playing Cracklin' Jack's for the 1st time Friday, April 22, 2022, 5:30-8:30.

Nice place, very folksy, very comfortable interior; large, mostly covered patio out back. Great people, and thanks to my minder Marty & bartender David! Always a pleasure to work with professionals.

I set up in a rear corner of the patio facing towards the building. The sound was good, I could keep the volume fairly low.

Thanks to my Canadian friends Owen & Sheila Evans for coming out & taking some pix.

I was in the setting sun for quite a while, but there were breezes & fans blowing, so I was not uncomfortable.

I worked from a new set list, 1/3 Jaz Dumoz, 1/3 Jim Dumas, 1/3 Steve & Chris. After the 1st set, my minder Marty told me to play faster stuff, which I did - I just started skipping the slow songs. Then on my 2nd break, I pulled up some more faster tunes. I played a total of 44 songs.

I asked Marty why she wanted faster songs, she said that the slow songs made people sad. She'd rather they be upbeat, both the songs & the patrons. Interesting, playing in dance bands, it was usually like 3-4 fast songs to 1 slow. I had thought dinner music would be maybe more 50-50, but, apparently not.

When I played all Jaz Dumoz music in Lexington, I was told by a couple of people that I should not play so many slows. Not what I was expecting. I really don't notice slow songs "bringing me down" - I just enjoy when they are pretty songs, regardless of tempo. So maybe I'm different from most in that. I will keep evolving the set lists towards more fast songs.

The songs that do "bring me down" are generally in a minor key. I deprecated "i love paris" & "let's face the music and dance" because both struck me as ominous & foreboding, i.e., anxiety-producing, & NOT romantic, my goal. ;->

I had requests for:

  • Eagles. Did "lyin' eyes", "desperado", & "tequila sunrise". I think better would be "take it easy" and "peaceful, easy feeling".
  • Willie Nelson. Did "you were always on my mind" & "without a song".
  • "sweet caroline". The audience did their standard parts, I always love audience participation.

Several patrons wanted to know how often I played there & when I'd be back, that was appreciated. Hopefully it will be soon, although "soon" at this point is probably next season. Looking forward to it!

Set #6 

Set #6 has been added to the Set Lists page.

I think these 90 songs are enough for now. The Song of the Day queue currently has only 6 songs in it - as opposed to 10-12 as it was during my 100 days of posting a song a day. I'll maybe add 1 new song/month for the next few months, as i concentrate on having the current 90 ready for gigs, and hopefully playing gigs. The Jaz Dumoz songbook is at 132 songs. The Jaz Dumoz Other (rejects) book is at 11.

Set #5 

I just added Set #5 to the Set Lists page. I think this is the last set I will do for a while. In anticipation of getting some gigs (no jinx, fingers crossed), I will slow down on adding new songs and instead spend more time practicing the 75 songs in Sets 1-5.