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It has been my experience, after playing in restaurants and bars over many years, that clientele go there to #1: Eat, #2: Converse, #3: Tune in and out of what a musician is offering. This has led me to play instrumentals exclusively, in order to not add to, or compete with, the vocal chatter in the room. 
Audiences do enjoy hearing songs that they are familiar with, so I weave in cover songs along with my originals at every performance. PN

Cover Songs (Artist, Author or Group)

Afro-Cuban Lullaby (Brouwer)

Blue Bayou (Roy Orbison arr. Sparks))

Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley)

Danny Boy (Traditional)

Deep in an Ancient Hawaiian Forest (Makana)

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Dylan)

Dream a Little Dream (Mama Cass)

Freight Train (Cotten)

Girl (Beatles)

Girl From Ipanema (Jobim)

Greensleeves (Traditional)

Happy Together (Turtles)

Happy Trails (Dale Evans)

He Punahele No Oe (trad. Beamer arr.)

If I Only Had a Brain (Arlen/Harburg)

I Feel Fine/Day Tripper/If I Needed Someone/Help From My Friends (Beatles)

Imagine (Lennon) 

I'm Into Something Good (Herman's Hermits)

I'm Walkin' (Fats Domino)

Isn't She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)

Love's In Need (Stevie Wonder)

Lovin' You (Lovin' Spoonful)

Morning Dew (trad. Beamer arr.)

Mr. Sandman (The Chordettes)

My Girl (Temptations)

Obladee Obladah (Beatles)

Over the Rainbow (Arlen/Harburg)

Singin' the Blues (Marty Robbins)

Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder)

Slack Key Lullaby (Ka'apana)

Surfer Girl (Beach Boys) 

Twilight Time (The Platters)

Up On the Roof (The Drifters)

What a Wonderful World (Thiele/Weiss)

When I'm 64 (Beatles)

Windy and Warm (Chet Atkins)

Yesterday (Beatles)

You've Got a Friend (Carole King)

Neri Originals (Genre)*

The Answer (Jazz)

Celtic Vision (Celtic)

Child of the Heart (Classical)

Commercial Jingle with no Product (Latin-esq)

Day After the First Kiss (Jazz)

Dreaming of Home (Alt/Alt Folk)

Everlasting Life (Classical)

Flight of the Hummingbird Moth (Alt Folk)

Journey Up the Amazon (Alt/Alt Folk)

Julia and Geena Go to the Circus (Alt/Alt Folk)

Land of the Awakening (Alt Slack Key)

Leaving the Nest (Alt/Alt Folk)

Lone Warrior (Alt/Alt Folk)

The Long Goodbye (Classical)

Lullaby (Classical)

Lullaby for a Dreamer (Classical/Jazz)

Mating Call (Slack Key)

Moonshine in the Gas Tank (Alt/Alt Folk)

Night Visions (Alt/Alt Folk)

Out from the Shadows (Alt/Alt Rock)

Party in the Hen House (Country/Blues)

Pizza Delivery (Alt/Alt Folk)

The Question (Jazz)

Rise and Fall of the (Polka)

Rough Edges (Alt/Alt Rock)

Running in the House (Country)

Solace (Alt/Alt Folk)

The Sad Sad Demise of the Underwood 5 (Alt/Alt Rock)

She Gazes Upon the Deep Blue Sea (Alt/Alt Folk)

Slap Happy (Alt/Alt Rock)

Sneaky Pete (Alt/Alt Rock)

Solace/Fields of Gold (Alt Folk)

Still Alive (Alt/Alt Rock)

Summer Serenade (Classical)

Vermont Sunrise (Alt/Alt Folk)

Walking Hand in Hand (Country)

Faucet Still Dripping (Alt/Alt Folk)

Wide Horizons (Alt/Alt Folk)

Without You (Jazz)

Unreeling (Celtic)

* All "Genres" are loosely defined in this column
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