You have a chance to play a three-song set on the big stage at Telluride. What songs do you play?
“I’ve Got a Feeling,” The Beatles. “Little Mascara,” The Replacements. “Pale Blue Eyes,” The Velvet Underground.
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” Whitney Houston. “The Boy Is Mine,” Brandy & Monica. “Wagon Wheel,” Old Crow Medicine Show.
If only I knew the actual names of songs, I could then put this list together.
“The Weight,” The Band. “Uncle John’s Band,” The Grateful Dead. “Satisfaction,” The Rolling Stones. If the crowd insisted on an encore, I’d go with Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.”
Sanford and Son Theme Song (Loud), Sanford and Son Theme Song (Louder), Sanford and Son Theme Song (Loudest).
“Ripple,” The Grateful Dead. “Sitting in Limbo,” Jimmy Cliff. “Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967,” John Mayer.
I’d start off mellow with “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” get everyone rockin’ with Grace Potter’s “Medicine,” and then shamelessly close with Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
In my dreams, I’m belting out “Sympathy for the Devil,” then the complex fable of “Tangled Up in Blue,” finishing softly with the utopian “Imagine.” In this fantasy, I perform embodied as Jagger, Dylan, and Lennon. No encores, no modernity, no apologies.