‘Anatomy of a set list’

mwasb_2014_setlist_thumbOn his “Hair-Breened Ideas” blog, MWASB Keyboardist Chris Breen peels back the onion and provides a peak behind the curtain about the inner workings of creating a Macworld All-Star Band set list. And if that didn’t throw enough metaphors at you, here’s a simile to consider: Set lists are like sausages; it’s better not to see them being made.

Says Chris: “Throughout the course of the night the MWASB has its highs and lows. The highs include just playing together—we’re friends and we share some common musical interests—as well as those moments when the band clicks. The inevitable lows are when a tune falls apart because we missed a change, we didn’t communicate adequately while playing it, someone got distracted, or the song was simply too ambitious and didn’t hold together under pressure. While we increasingly play like a real band, those “damn, that happened” moments frustrate us as we know we can do better. So this year, as leader, I tried a little experiment.”

The article is a great insight into all the thinking that does into something most people probably don’t give a second thought. Read the rest here.