December 15th @ Free Times Café

Did you know that the average Canadian adult (not that any of you are ’average’ by any means) makes 5,371 different decisions a day. I know, it sounds like a lot doesn’t it, but when you think about it, it starts to make sense. First thing in the morning, ‘Do I shut off my alarm or sleep for another five minutes’, ‘What will I have for breakfast?’, ‘What am I going to wear today?’ etc. Over time, all these decisions mount up, so at the end of the day you’ve made over 5,000 of such decisions. And you know what, it gets tiring. Think of how often when someone asks you ‘What do you want for dinner?’ you reply ‘Whatever you want.’ No one answers ‘Whatever you want’ to the question ‘What do you want for breakfast?’, but by dinner we’re done.

And of course, it gets worse in December as the holidays approach. On top of the all the decisions we usually have to make, now we have to decide things like ‘Am I getting this person a gift?’, ‘What am I getting this person for a gift?’, ‘Do I really have to go this party?’, ‘Is it OK to bring this fruitcake that I’ve had for at least three years to the party?’ – there are a just a lot of additional decisions to make.

And, on top of all that, if, say you’re in a band with 10 members and 365 songs on your active roster – excluding bagpipe songs – then when your monthly gig comes up, say for example on Sunday, December 15th, you really don’t want to have to choose what songs to pick from such a widely varied and eclectic menu. And, if to be more specific, the band you are in is Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room, then you don’t pick the songs, you let others choose the songs for you.

Yes, on Sunday, December 15th, it is time for our annual all-request show at the Free Times Café at College and Major, just west of Spadina, at 8 pm. There is still time to vote – just go here – http://www.galr.ca/vote/ – and make your choices. By voting, you will be doing us a great favour and removing all sorts of decisions from our lives, and for that we are very grateful. So grateful in fact that there is no cover charge to attend the all-request show (of course it is true that there is never a cover for our shows at the Free Times Café, but this time there is a different reason that there isn’t a cover).

I know some of you who have read this far are wondering why we have excluded bagpipe songs from our 365 song active roster and there are two reasons for this. First, we usually do these songs in a medley, so sometimes it’s “The Piper’s Lost His Kilt”, followed by “The Sheep are Bleating” and ending with “Oh God, a Brick Has Fallen From the Castle Ruins and Killed a Tourist”, and then we just take one out and add “The Mist Over the Loch Tastes Better Than Haggis”, and so how do you even list all these various combinations. Second, for most of us in the band, there are really just three bagpipe tunes anyway, the slow one, the medium one, and the fast one – sure they have different names, but they all sound the same.

I hope you can make it out, and even if you can’t, help save us from deciding and vote. And finally, you will have to decide if you believe that the average Canadian makes 5,371 decisions a day – I can’t help you, I’m all decided out.

– Jonathan


December 15th (All-Request) Set List
Set #1 Set #2
Bagpipe Christmas Carols
All You Need Is Love
Brown-Eyed Girl
Ruby Tuesday
Redemption Song
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
Rocket Man
Hallelujah
People Are Crazy
Unchained Melody
Unchain My Heart
House Of The Rising Sun
Come Together
Wild Thing
Log Driver’s Waltz
Famous Blue Raincoat
Wichita Lineman
I Can See Clearly
Sisters Of Mercy
Every Time You Walk In The Room
Like A Rolling Stone
Stand By Me
Harvest Moon
Save The Last Dance
That’ll Be The Day
Long Way To The Top