Last night was the first time that Phillip & Mitchel have played in front of a live audience in I don't even remember how long. Beyond Facebook streams, experiencing live music has yet to happen for us or anyone else this year.
We were lucky enough to play a desert house party for fifty of our closest/ newest Joshua Tree friends and it was the wonderful feeling of remembering, "oh yeah,this is what that feels like."
Phillip always creates the setlysst whether we're doing fifty dates in a row or it's a one off, the time and focus is the same, and watching him carefully craft what he feels the audience wants to hear is always magical in itself.
The setlysst is the blueprint for the entire show and it's up to the band to tell a story that brings the lyssteners on a journey throughout the set.
There's hit songs, there's new songs, there's sad songs, there's slow songs, and that journey they take you on is intuitive, collaborative, and created to offer the best present moment experience.
When I sit down on Sunday to plan my week, I put the same focus into my to do lysst. I match a setlysst straight to it. It's easier for me if I know what I'm going to do that I'm prepared with the song that's going to help get me through it. Some meetings encourage me like "Be The Lion," others call for songs with heavy metal breakdowns. Instead of avoiding the energy that comes up, I get to direct the energy and move with it, just like when I'm at a concert.
The Sunday Setlysst is the playlysst that gets me through the week and even through writing the to do lysst. Having the support and the grace of music helps keep me in a rhythm, especially one to shake my ass & save my soul to. What are you lysstening to this week?