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Concert Song Requests of My Faves



The Guitar Train has been lucky enough to make stops to see all of Quirky T’s favorite musicians (except The Beatles) in live concert performances. While I have thoroughly enjoyed all these concerts, there are some songs which I love that I have never heard performed live. I know musicians are limited as far as which songs they can play because of time constraints, technical production issues, and catering to the audiences’ desires. Or as Huey Lewis says during his concerts when the audience yells out titles of songs they want him to sing, “So many hits, so little time.” So putting all practicality aside (including life and death), here are the songs I would love to hear my favorite musicians perform live at a concert I’m attending.


For The Beatles, obviously I’d love to have just been at any of their concerts, even with all the screaming. I’ve been fortunate enough to hear Paul McCartney perform Beatles songs that the band never even performed together in concert. I would love to hear my favorite Beatles album, “Help!” in its entirety. During the October 15, 2015 concert in Detroit, Michigan, Paul McCartney did play “Another Girl”, “I’ve Just Seen a Face”, and “Yesterday”. I would have loved to have been a part of that concert experience. Aside from the album “Help!”, these are the other Beatles songs I would like to hear, broken down by whose songs they are.

  • John Lennon – “It Won’t Be Long”, “All I’ve Got to Do”, and “In My Life”
  • Paul McCartney – “I’ll Follow the Sun”, “I Will” , and “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”
  • George Harrison – “Old Brown Shoe”, “Here Comes the Sun”, and “Don’t Bother Me”
  • Ringo Starr – “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “Honey Don’t” (I know it’s not an original Beatles song but it’s a fun song for Ringo).

Phil Collins t-shirt

From Phil Collins, I would request his angry songs – “I Don’t Care Anymore”, “Do You Know, Do You Care?”, and “Who Said I Would”. To counter the anger, I would love to hear my all time favorite song of all songs I’ve ever heard in my entire life – “We Said Hello Goodbye”.

Genesis glitter T-shirt

I have been lucky that at the two Genesis concerts I attended, Phil Collins sang many of my favorite Genesis songs. To those favorites, I would like to also request “Abacab”, “That’s All”, and “Just a Job To Do.”


I’ve been to many Gloria Estefan concerts but I haven’t heard her perform songs from her 1998 CD titled “gloria!” So I would love to hear that CD performed in its entirety since the songs flow into each other non-stop between tracks. If that’s too much to ask for, I’d settle for just my favorite song from that CD – “I Just Wanna Be Happy”. The other Gloria Estefan song I’d love to hear her perform in concert would fit in with the angry Phil Collins songs. It’s appropriately titled “Go Away.”  I’ll add one Spanish song to my requests – “No Me Dejes De Querer (“Flores” Del Caribe Mix)”.

cu Huey Lewis Sports poster

Huey Lewis and the News concerts are way too short as it is so I can definitely request many more songs for the band to play. They could stand to play a few more hits. In 2013, they played their 1983 album, “Sports”, in its entirety to commemorate its 30th anniversary. That was such an amazing experience that I would love for the band to do that again. In addition to that album, the song I’d most like to hear them perform live is the hard rocking “Couple Days Off”.

Jon Secada and Cadbury Creme Egg

The one Jon Secada concert I attended was also very short. Of course, at the time, he had only released two albums. So I would be happy to hear more songs from those two albums as well as other songs he’s released in the 21 years since then. I would definitely love to hear the songs “La, La, La’, “Whipped”, and “I’m Free”.

Barry Manilow Greatest Hits Album cover

For Barry Manilow who I’ve seen in concert twice, I would like to hear my three favorite songs of his – “Break Down the Door”, “Beautiful Music”, and “All the Time”. I would also request a song that he probably plays at every concert – “Can’t Smile Without You”.


Steve Winwood ticket stub

Steve Winwood ticket stub

One bonus musician that I have song requests for – Steve Winwood. He’s not a favorite of mine like the others are but I do enjoy several songs of his. I saw him in concert six years ago and I was disappointed that he did not play those favorite songs of mine. Those songs are “While You See a Chance”, “Back in the High Life Again”,  “Don’t You Know What the Night Can Do?”, and “Roll With It”.


Guitar Train passengers, what are the songs you would request your favorite musicians play at their concerts?


New (to Quirky T) Music Month – Music Grouch/ Lana del Rey


Welcome aboard the Guitar Train for the second set of stops for New (to Quirky T) Music Month. I’ve just discovered that I am a music grouch. I only want to hear music I am familiar with. I’m hesitant to listen to any new music. I haven’t really liked any of the new artists I have listened to for this blog. Is it because I haven’t listened enough to give them a chance? Or am I so prejudiced against new music that no new music has a chance? Or am I listening to the wrong music for my tastes?

cu Huey Lewis Sports poster

I want to be excited about new music. Really, I want to go back in time to the ‘80’s and ‘90’s when my favorites were releasing new, original songs. Going to the Huey Lewis and the News concert recently reminded me of the excitement of hearing their new songs on the radio for the first time. Possibly with all my favorite musicians, there was a built in expectancy that I would most likely enjoy any new song they released.


Maybe instead of yielding to the pressure of listening to artists because they are talked about, I should go for artists whom I already like one song of and see if I like more. Familiarity may be the key. I find myself while at work, where a wide range of pop/rock songs from the ‘70’s to today are played, now tolerating songs that I didn’t like when they first came out. Many times it is the memories associated with those songs more than the songs themselves.


Or maybe I should go back to my favorite artists and play their less listened to songs. I wrote about this in the Guitar Train stop called, “Am I Fan Enough?”


Maybe new music is over for me. Maybe in the whole realm of music, there’s just no one new I will ever like.


To continue on that dark, dreary track, the artist I listened to for this stop was Lana del Rey. I listened to her 2012 CD, “Born to Die”.  It’s just not my kind of music – too slow and dark for me. That’s disappointing in general but also because I want to add more female musicians to the Guitar Train.


Maybe I should give up and just listen to my favorite Gloria Estefan CD, “gloria!” for the seven hundredth time. At least I know I’ll enjoy that and it won’t depress me.


Guitar Train passengers, stay aboard for the next stop and see if I’m still a music grouch when I listen to more new to me music.

Favorites Month: Gloria Estefan

All this month, Quirky T will be conducting the Guitar Train to stop at each of her all time favorite musicians. This week’s destination is Gloria Estefan. She is the first non-British musician of my favorites and also the only female.



Primitive Love
First Stop (The First Time I Heard Her Music)
The first Gloria Estefan song I ever heard was her song with the Miami Sound Machine called “Conga”.  I first heard it as the background song in a scene on the slow moving TV soap opera, “The Young and the Restless” in 1985. To this day, it is probably one of her most well known songs. My first thought upon hearing the song was, “What is that?” I had never heard such a fast tempo, fun song. It’s a good representation of her music with its Latin influence.


Second Stop (What I Did Next)
After hearing “Conga”, I made sure I bought all of Gloria Estefan’s past and future CDs from the CD mail order club I belonged to. I bought all her CDs in both English and Spanish. She’s so talented that she was able to make two versions of the same song, one in English and one in Spanish. Because of Gloria Estefan, I studied Spanish in high school as my second foreign language. (French is my first foreign language). I can sing Spanish phonetically because of Gloria Estefan’s songs. I might not always know what I am singing but I don’t believe she would conduct me down the wrong track.



Repeated Destinations (Favorite Song and Album)
My favorite Gloria Estefan CD is 1997’s “gloria!”. It is a non-stop dance party. On some tracks, it’s literally non-stop as one song goes right into the next one without stopping.
My favorite Gloria Estefan song is “I Just Wanna Be Happy”  from the same CD. I want everything she sings about in the song.

My favorite Spanish only Gloria Estefan song is “No Me Dejes De Querer” (“Flores” Del Caribe Mix)  from the 2000 CD “Alma Caribena”. It is a very fast, loud song with a great beat.




Gloria Estefan's Destiny

Gloria Estefan’s Destiny

Now Departing (What Non-Fans Say about Her)
I have heard more criticism of Gloria Estefan because of her political views as a Cuban refugee than for her music.
I think the biggest misconception about her music is that it is all dance music. She has made many ballads and serious songs as well. Her 1996 CD “Destiny” is full of slow songs and only contains two fast, dance songs.


Conducting This Train (Why She Will Always be My Favorite)
Life is a mixture of fun, upbeat times and sad times. Music should reflect that. Gloria Estefan’s music does. My iPod playlist titled “Party Songs” is mostly filled with her music and I can’t be sad while listening to it. On the another track, if I want to wallow in heartbreak or feel I am not alone in a confusing romantic situation, I have several go to Gloria Estefan songs to listen to.



Cuts Both Ways
All Aboard (Why I Wish Others Would Listen to Her and Where to Start)
Everyone needs some fun and dancing in their lives. They also need exposure to a different culture. Gloria Estefan’s music gives me this and more. I recommend newcomers to Gloria Estefan listen to another of my favorite CDs of hers, 1989’s “Cuts Both Ways” because it contains a nice mix of fast songs, slow songs, and two songs translated into Spanish.
For a Spanish CD, I recommend 1995’s “Abriendo Puertas” which was only released in Spanish. It is also a nice mix of slow and fast songs.
Official Track
For more information, check out her website at Her official music videos on You Tube are from GloriaEstefanMusic and GloriaEstefanVEVO.


Guitar Train passengers, why do you wish other people would listen to your favorite musicians?

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