A few clients have asked me about my solo piano set list, recently. I’ve been avoiding this, because my music pile has looked like this for months (taken earlier this morning):
Following some prompting from hairstylist and make up artist, Claire Jones, I waded through the pile just now. And here is where I am currently.
[Note: This is a work in progress. Some client requests are not listed at the moment. If you see any glaring omissions, please do let me know. I’ll add a form at the bottom of the page for shy people, or comment below that for all the world to see…]
Solo piano set list for weddings in no particular order:
Bowie – Space oddity – Starman – Life on Mars
Elton John – Rocket man – Your song – Can you feel the love tonight?
The Beatles – Because – In my life – Lady Madonna – Hey bulldog – Here comes the sun [For a weather gag] – Blackbird
Norah Jones – The nearness of you – Come away with me – Don’t know why – One flight down
Supertramp – Give a little bit – Logical song – Goodbye stranger
Stevie Wonder – I wish – Isn’t she lovely? – For once in my life
Billy Joel – Piano man – Always a woman – Just the way you are
Nat King Cole – L.O.V.E. – Nature boy
Queen – We are the champions – Don’t stop me now
Burt Bacharach – The look of love – Raindrops keep falling on my head [Another weather gag]
Pink Floyd – Us and Them – Shine on you crazy diamond [Slightly scary – haven’t started that yet]
Eva Cassidy versions of – Ain’t no sunshine – Autumn leaves
Lady Gaga – Shallow – Always remember us this way
Movie/TV music – Pirates of the Caribbean – Harry Potter – Game of Thrones – Comptine d’un autre été – Valse d’Amelie – Kiss from a rose – Tale as old as time – We could have been anything that we wanted to be – Promenade Sentimentale – You’ve got a friend in me – Everything I do – Mia and Seb’s theme – Mission Impossible
Awesome jazzy stuff – Just a gigolo – Take 5 – Sweet Georgia Brown – Me and Mrs Jones – Misty – My funny valentine – Georgia on my mind – La vie en rose – Dream a little dream of me – Summertime – My baby just cares for me – Cantaloupe Island – All of me – I wish I knew how it would feel to be free – Left bank two – Fly me to the moon – What a wonderful world – At last – Sympathique – Over the rainbow – The girl from Ipanema [Yes, but it’s kind of jazz]
Great recent stuff – All about that bass – All of me – A thousand years – Perfect – Chasing cars – Thinking out loud – Love story – Despacito
Hard to categorise – Dock of the bay – Lovely day – Eternal flame – Perfect day – Golden brown – Green onions – Don’t cry for me Argentina – Sous le ciel de Paris – It must be love – Killing me softly – More than words – A million years ago – Handbags and gladrags – You really got me – Can’t take my eyes off you – Gymnopédie Nº1
Songs you probably shouldn’t play at a wedding – Creep – Don’t worry, be happy [Note: I absolutely love “The winner takes it all” and it’s tragic that I may never play it]
Songs for the church – Amazing grace – Prelude in C – Prelude in C minor – Pachelbel’s Canon (Which goes nicely into Elvis’ “Can’t help falling in love with you”) – Ave Maria – Cavatina – Jesu, joy of man’s desiring
And when I get round to it – My favourite things – All the things you are – As time goes by – and… (gulp)… but I really want to do it… (deep breath) Monsters Inc. Theme
Notes to self: Also take a look at… What I’d say – How deep is your love? – House of the Rising Sun
There. You can see why I’ve been putting off gathering those songs into one place.
Now, I already play most of those. But if you’re wondering what I’m doing over the next many months, it’s working on the rest of them. I might post on the SoundCloud and YouTube channels along the way (they’re very out of date). And I may even blog some progress here.
As I said at the top of the page, if there’s anything that really should be on this list (I’ve left a bunch of stuff out, for various reasons), please let me know. I’ll hand you the mic now… go!