I recently finished reading a great book on the art of memorizing called Moonwalking With Einstein. It was a deep dive into the training that is necessary to be a national memory champion. Yes, that is an actual contest. The book, unfortunately, had no actionable information to help me get better at memorizing songs. I have trouble remembering words to songs. Even songs that I’ve written, I continue to struggle with until I’ve played them 63,284 times. I feel that it’s unprofessional to use a cheat sheet but I get nervous without a crutch. I’ve been working on memorizing songs and I have become more confident with the number of songs that I know very well. I am playing a show that will require more upbeat covers than my normal set. It’s a one-hour set. It shouldn’t be a big deal. I think I have it down. I’m not overly confident but I should be able to get through an hour. It just occurred to me, that someone might request a song that is not on my list. If there is a song they want to hear, I should play it. I don’t want to disappoint anyone. I might be back to using a crutch. There are so many great songs out there and I can’t memorize them all.