Open mic songs I played Fall 2015

Every Tuesday night in Grand Forks, my friend Chris Erickson and The Hub Bar host an open mic. I like to think up a set list a day or so beforehand and play it somewhat off the cuff, to keep the song selections fresh, and keep my friends, myself and the patrons entertained. It’s usually a handful of new songs every week, which has accumulated to nearly 200 songs in the past year! Some were good, a few needed a little more practice … all in all were pretty fun!

Here are the set lists I played, with a lot of help from my friends, from end of July through the end of 2015, starting with the most recent.

Hard Times Stephen Foster
Catch The Wind Donovan Leitch
Head Full of Doubt / Road Full of Promise The Avett Brothers
Chimes of Freedom Bob Dylan
The Unwelcome Guest Woodie Guthrie, Billy Bragg & Wilco
Arthur McBride trad, Bob Dylan
Ragpicker’s Dream Mark Knopfler
I and Love and You The Avett Brothers
Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis Tom Waits

Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth Primitive Radio Gods
Let’s Dance David Bowie
Black Friday Steely Dan
Goin’ To California Led Zeppelin
My Old School Steely Dan
Nothing But The Wheel Peter Wolf (Patty Loveless recorded it in ’93, John Scott Sherrill wrote it)
Dreams Fleetwood Mac
Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding
Gold Dust Woman Fleetwood Mac
Mandolin Rain Bruce Hornsby
Satellite Dave Matthews Band
Hard To Handle Otis Redding
Rhiannon Fleetwood Mac
Ex’s & Oh’s Elle King
Musta Got Lost J Geils Band
Reelin’ In The Years Steely Dan

Green Tambourine The Lemon Pipers
This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) Talking Heads
Mother’s Little Helper The Rolling Stones
Come To My Window Melissa Etheridge
Take It Or Leave It The Rolling Stones
Ride On Baby The Rolling Stones
Avant Gardener Courtney Barnett
Crescent City Lucinda Williams
Pacing The Cage Bruce Cockburn
Desperadoes Under The Eaves Warren Zevon
That’s How I Got To Memphis Buddy Miller (written by Tom T. Hall)
Waiting On A Friend The Rolling Stones

Under Pressure David Bowie
It Must Have Been The Roses Grateful Dead
Heart Shaped Box Nirvana
All The Young Dudes Mott The Hoople
Changes David Bowie
Downtown Train Tom Waits
My Friends Red Hot Chili Peppers
Blowin’ In The Wind Bob Dylan
I Could Have Lied Red Hot Chili Peppers
Wildflowers Tom Petty
Slipping Away The Rolling Stones
Running Down A Dream Tom Petty
Whiter Shade Of Pale Procol Harum (words by Keith Reid, music by Gary Brooker)
Only A Broken Heart Tom Petty
Tonight, Tonight Smashing Pumpkins
Hang Fire The Rolling Stones

I Remember You Skid Row
Hope You Never Tom Petty
First Day Of My Life Bright Eyes
October Winds The Clancy Brothers
Masters Of War Bob Dylan
Out Of Time The Rolling Stones
Dark Eyes Bob Dylan
Mmm Mmm Mmm Crash Test Dummies
The Ballad Of Jane LA Guns
At The Bottom Of Everything Bright Eyes

Someday Joe Eddie Greenwood
Monday Morning Blues Joe Eddie Greenwood
Gal I Left Behind Me Joe Eddie Greenwood (trad.)
Broken Man Blues Joe Eddie Greenwood
From Hank To Hendrix Neil Young
Firing At Each Other Joe Eddie Greenwood
Poor Man’s Blues Joe Eddie Greenwood
Working On A Dream Bruce Springsteen
Dink’s Song Bob Dylan (trad.)
Joey Concrete Blonde
Always Somethin’ Joe Eddie Greenwood
Kiss Me Deadly Lita Ford

Guess I’m Doin’ Fine Bob Dylan
I Burn Today Frank Black
Paths Of Victory Bob Dylan
When The Ship Comes In Bob Dylan
Racing In The Streets Bruce Springsteen (Townes Van Zandt)
Only A Hobo Bob Dylan
Today Smashing Pumpkins
Hunger Strike Temple Of The Dog

Hot Legs Rod Stewart
Legs ZZ Top
Guess Things Happen That Way Johnny Cash
Everybody Hurts REM
Chances Are Bob Marley
Maggie May Rod Stewart
Paint It Black The Rolling Stones
To Find A Friend Tom Petty
What You Give Tesla
Heaven Warrant
Something To Believe In Poison
Could You Be Loved? Bob Marley

Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes
Turn It On The Flaming Lips
To Ramona Bob Dylan
Better Man Pearl Jam
Say It Ain’t So Weezer
Time After Time Cyndi Lauper
She Don’t Use Jelly The Flaming Lips
Chewing The Apple Of Your Eye The Flaming Lips
Superhumans The Flaming Lips
Good Feeling The Violent Femmes
Eternal Flame The Bangles

Abandoned Love Bob Dylan
Sunday Morning The Velvet Underground
Here Comes My Girl Tom Petty
I’ll Be Your Mirror The Velvet Underground
I’ll Keep It With Mine Bob Dylan
Sunday Morning Coming Down Kris Kristofferson (Johnny Cash)
Centerfield John Fogerty
Runaway Train Soul Asylum
Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter Herman’s Hermits (Trevor Peacock)
Sounds Of Silence Simon and Garfunkel
Summertime Blues Eddie Cochran
Mrs. Robinson Simon and Grafunkel
American Pie Don McLean

Here Comes Your Man Pixies
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? REM
I’m Waiting For The Man The Velvet Underground
Here Comes The Sun George Harrison
Cowboy Song Thin Lizzy

Should I Stay, Or Should I Go The Clash
Sultans Of Swing Dire Straits
When I See You Smile Bad English
Here Comes The Night Them
Two Princes Spin Doctors
So You Want To Be A Rock N Roll Star The Byrds
Nothingman Pearl Jam
Over And Over Neil Young
Lola The Kinks

For other sets I played in 2015 and earlier, check out these open mic posts.  Thanks for reading!

 

Open Mic Set Lists, July 2015, The Hub, Grand Forks, ND

I had another great time playing songs at The Hub open mic last night. This time my set list gravitated towards the guy who said he liked my voice, even though he figured I didn’t like it myself, and said I sounded like Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. Well, I do like my voice, although I always find it a little unwieldy. Last night, it felt really good though. And so did my guitar. I strummed it harder than I usually do, with more energy than I usually portray, and without a pick! The intro riff to “Blister In The Sun” took off like a cannon ball on the street, and the crowd sang along and cheered with the introduction of every new song. Too bad that guy wasn’t there this time to hear it.

Here are the songs I played, 7/21/15:

Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes
Turn It On – The Flaming Lips
To Ramona – Bob Dylan
Better Man – Pearl Jam
Say It Ain’t So – Weezer
Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
She Don’t Use Jelly – The Flaming Lips
Chewin’ The Apple Of Your Eye – The Flaming Lips
Superhumans – The Flaming Lips
Good Feeling – Violent Femmes

Here are the songs I played last week Tuesday, July 14th. I was thinking a lot about baseball and summertime.

Centerfield – John Fogerty
Runaway Train – Soul Asylum
Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter – Herman’s Hermits / Trevor Peacock
The Sound Of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel
Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
Mrs. Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel
American Pie – Don McLean
Pancho and Lefty – Townes Van Zandt

And here are the songs I played the week before that, July 7th, 2015:

Abandoned Love – Bob Dylan
Sunday Morning – The Velvet Underground
Here Comes My Girl – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Velvet Underground
I’ll Keep It With Mine – Bob Dylan
Sunday Morning Coming Down – Kris Kristofferson
Pancho and Lefty – Townes Van Zandt

Every one of these nights was a lot of fun, and each one seems like it was even better than the last. I especially like it when the crowd sings along, and when other musicians come up and sing or play guitar with me on a few numbers. I can’t wait for next time; I’ve already started scribbling song list ideas for at least three different sets. It’s always interesting how different songs can be arranged together to form a loosely connected set list whole. That’s another very rewarding part about playing the open mic.

Open Mic Set List, Tuesday, June 30th, The Hub, Grand Forks, ND

Here is the set list I played last Tuesday at the open mic. It was a fun set, inspired and well-played, I felt. I remember talking about the Glen Campbell show that was on television Sunday evening. And playing with Chris Erickson at the end of the night was just as great, and better!

Here Comes Your Man – Pixies
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? – R.E.M.
I’m Waiting For The Man – The Velvet Underground
Here Comes The Sun – George Harrison
Cowboy Song – Thin Lizzy
Pancho And Lefty – Townes Van Zandt

Open mic set list, January 27, 2015

I played these songs Tuesday at The Hub’s open mic night. At the end of the night I noticed the bartender was wearing a Dark Side of the Moon t-shirt. Far out, man!

Breathe – Pink Floyd
Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
Never My Love – Addrisi Brothers
All Things Must Pass – George Harrison
I Like Girls Who Drink Beer – Toby Keith
Time Is On My Side – Norman Meade
Time – Pink Floyd
Frankie’s Gun – Felice Brothers

Open mic set list

I played these songs last night at The Hub open mic, where I am currently Rock Star of the Month!

Accompanied Moses on California Stars – Wilco
Johnny B Goode – Chuck Berry
Touch of Grey – Grateful Dead
It Must Have Been The Roses – Grateful Dead
Angel – Aerosmith
Highwayman – The Highwaymen
Pancho & Lefty – Townes Van Zandt
Nadine – Chuck Berry
Accompanied Josh on a Townes Van Zandt song

Open mic set list 12-16-2014

These are the songs I sang last night at The Hub in Grand Forks. I used my wife’s Taylor 810 acoustic guitar, with harmonicas on the first and last songs.

Gotta Get Away, Black Keys
Just Breathe, Pearl Jam
Lodi, Creedence Clearwater Revival
Jack-A-Roe, Traditional
Pancho and Lefty, Townes Van Zandt
Pilgrim Chapter 33, Kris Kristofferson
Plastic Jesus, Goldcoast Singers
Upon the Road to Dreaming, Joe Greenwood

Jazz Guitar set list 2013-11-9

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Yesterday
Yes And No
When I Fall In Love
Blues For Alice
Stuff
Mr. P.C.
Is You Is, Or Is You Ain’t (Ma’ Baby)
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
Skating In Central Park
The Saga Of Harrison Crabfeathers

Hookers Made Out Of Cocaine live music band

These guys put in an energetic, intelligent, sharp funk-rock metal show; I wish them the best on their tour! Hookers Made Out Of Cocaine, from Columbus, OH. Very fun, thanks to Ojata Records for putting it together.

Today at the Acoustic Country Music Jam I sang Congratulations, Lodi, Pilgrim Chapter 33, and Plastic Jesus

Today at the Acoustic Country Music Jam I sang Congratulations, Lodi, Pilgrim Chapter 33, and Plastic Jesus

The Kentucky Headhunters LIVE at Grand Forks County Fair

Friends of Vintage Guitar magazine, I was lucky to meet The Kentucky Headhunters LIVE at the Grand Forks County Fair! Highlight was seeing live performance of their new song, “Tumbling Roses”!

Tumbling roses in my head,
Tumbling roses in my bed,
I will never forget what you said,
Tumbling roses ’til I’m dead

A new band called Ortolan Saints

Ortolan Saints
Ortolan Saints

I have been playing with a new band, Ortolan Saints .. woohoo!

We are trying to be a heavy metal band, but sometimes I think we kind of puss out. I need to work on keeping things darker (and heavier!) with my guitar.

The band has been a great writing exercise for me to exorcise some cynical demon commentary from my heart. I’m not outstandingly proud to be presenting these lyrics to the public, but writing them was a necessary casting out of ideas and emotions that have built up inside of my mind. I’m happy to have the opportunity to express them, to perhaps let their antagonists expire and die free, rather than to continue to reign as a shadow upon my soul.

Check out one of the songs, here: Smashed.

Learn more about Ortolan Saints at www.ortolansaints.com.

Amp Check Fugue in A Major

It’s been a while since I’ve played a guitar into a microphone so thought I’d try out this little one I have sitting around the station:

amp check fugue in A Major

Fender Telecaster into a Gibson Falcon

One love

P.S. The word ‘fugue’ is used here in reference to psychological state rather than the musical composition technique of repeating melody in two or more voice, but the complete song is in fact to be played as that kind of fugue… when you have enough people to play the parts.

You Won’t Disgust Me – The Sunday Mornings, “Bloodshot Eyes” – 2003-03

The Blackwood Press DUB, March 2003, cover painting "The Fashion Show" by Dave Bullhorn

This song was originally published March 2003 in The Blackwood Press DUB, a nearly unmentionable ‘zine I helped publish.

You Won’t Disgust Me – The Sunday Mornings – Bloodshot Eyes

You Won’t Disgust Me

put your mind
in my dish
make a wish
I won’t waste it
I’ll see what I can do
I want to make it come true

put your heart
in my hands
the beat stands
on my fingers
the blood lingers
I will do my best
to fulfill your breast

baby you can trust me
let me look
you won’t disgust me

put your mouth
where my lips are
take a look at my hip scar
it waits for you
I wanna share this chance
would you care to dance?

baby you can trust me
let me look
you won’t disgust me

As usual, this is more like a one-off half-formed number that my friend Jim Bob and I were messing around with. There are a few others that complement the experience, maybe I should post those as well. I’m glad we recorded them.

Wall Street Blues – 2007-08-19

Wall Street Blues

Here’s a song I wrote back in 1998, “Wall Street Blues”. It was delivered as an instrumental speech to my International Finance 410 class complete with electric guitars and a backing band (my buddy Jim Bob), for which I received an ‘A’ grade.

The recording posted here is from 2007, and features my band, The Midnights!

Wall Street Blues

I was drinking down at the bar
Stock broker showed me his brand new car
His new gold watch, and his girlfriend, too
He said, “hey buddy, I can get all of this for you.
Uh-huh, just invest a little money in me.
I’ll make you a rich man, yeah boy, you’ll see.”

I bought ’em low, and I watched ’em rise.
The stock split, then doubled in size.
Monday came and went in a flash,
But on Tuesday morning the whole market crashed, uh-huh
And I went into a trance.
I should have listened to my baby
And sold them when I had the chance.

The market crashed, the market crashed,
The market splashed, smashed, and
I lost all of my cash, uh-huh,
It’s all over the news.
I was looking for some new shoes but all I found was them
Wall Street Blues.

Now I’m walking in the streets
I got no money and nothing to eat
I’ll tell you once, you can take it from me,
Ain’t nobody on Wall Street getting rich for free, huh-uh
You better be ready to lose
Don’t end up like me, with them
Wall Street Blues.

This song becomes relevant every ten years or so.

Times I Rushed In – 2007-06-07

Times I Rushed In

Another example of a scratched record. But that’s why you’re here, right?

I like this for the guitar tone that comes in around the five minute mark. It sounds like the Hagstrom Viking through Dave’s Celestion Alnico Blues. But previous to that throughout the song it sounds like the Peavey Predator … housing pickups from a 1972 Fender Stratocaster, courtesy of Uncle Al.

Upon The Road To Dreaming – 2010-02-14

Upon The Road to Dreaming

This was Valentine’s Day 2010, rockin’ out with The Midnights!

We recorded a bunch of songs during our practice that night and pretty much all of them have a missed note or more. Regardless, there are parts in each of them that shine through. The Story of The Midnights Band!

We have a lot of scratched records.

TVFury Podcast Rocks Joe Greenwood Song

Hey, the 1st @TVFury podcast is done. The topic: NYC street ball. Music by @joegreenwood. http://tvfury.wordpress.com

[Editor’s note: The song is “Modern Girls“, which you can listen to via FREE MP3 download, as well as many others over on the music page.]

In The News: Charlie Parr with The Midnights at NDMOA

Charlie Parr
Charlie Parr, photo by Evan Boucher

On Tuesday, July 5, hundreds gathered outside of the North Dakota Museum of Art to see Charlie Parr, an internationally renowned bluegrass and folk musician.

The Midnights, who opened for Charlie Parr, formed in the summer of 2007, with Mr. Joe Greenwood bringing some of his home-spun tunes. The name is derived from the band’s rehearsal time slot from 12:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. The rehearsal time was a unique requirement for the Midnights, as Greenwood could only rehearse after he got off work from the Grand Forks Herald newspaper.

SOURCE:  http://und.edu/news/2011/07/charlie-parr-concert.cfm

Johann Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D Major’, 1694; popular arrangement for solo guitar, as performed by Joe Greenwood on double guitar

I was asked to play this song for a girlfriend’s wedding as she walked her processional down the aisle.

That day, it was beautiful; but I was only able to play the first several opening measures. So, as a gift, I made this recording of the full arrangement.

Johann Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D Major’, 1694; popular arrangement for solo guitar, as performed by Joe Greenwood on double guitar

This is a widely popular arrangement for solo guitar that I have been playing since I was a young boy. Here, I recorded myself twice, once on top of the other, to fill in some areas that felt inarticulate without further clarification. It is a quick, rough sketch; I am far away from perfection in so many things, and my life is short.

My favorite performance arrangement for this song includes a group of strings, nearer the original score for three violins and basso continuo. Just the thought blooms a panoramic scene of beauty inside my mind.

For this recording, and at the wedding, I used an Epiphone ‘Chet Atkins’ model classical style electric-acoustic guitar, with nylon strings and a broad classical style neck. The guitar is borrowed from my uncle Alan.