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    Just wanted to get your input on your ideas for the top 40 songs every aspiring cruise ship drummer should have under his belt. List as many, or as few as you want depending on how bored you are at time of reading.
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    play that funky music
    brown eyed girl
    margaritaville
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    You should just go and listen to Jimmy Buffet's top 20 songs
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    Thxs atom!!!
    Its nice to know i still have fans!!!

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    I have a cpl set lists I can dig out for ya...Give me a day or 2

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    Sweet caroline. They played that song so much on the last cruise I went on.
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    hahaha yeah that was on the list..and mustang sally (ughhh)...i'll get the list..not what most would think it is, but it;s what ppl want to hear/dance to

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    and to add, when I did it , E drums were a must..91' or 92' I think..for a single guy it would be cool, but I had my Daughter coming and wanted to try my luck at the "game"..It's almost military like doing that gig..and I dont like being told what to do

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    Quote Originally Posted by zzzdanz View Post
    and to add, when I did it , E drums were a must..91' or 92' I think..for a single guy it would be cool, but I had my Daughter coming and wanted to try my luck at the "game"..It's almost military like doing that gig..and I dont like being told what to do
    ZZZdanz, Thanks for that, that's a good point. I for sure can't be told what to do. But the thought of cruising around on a ship seeing the world and playing drums, seems like such a sweet gig.
    But, I hear what your saying and im taking note.
    I love the set list so far, somehow its making me laugh.

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    It's been yrs man..more I think about it I wanna say it was '90 so my list is old but it was weird. Being told when , how, and where!...no thanks..wear this , dont do that that..like I said man, great gig for a single guy, but really demanding..and being told when to be in bed (seriously) ...nahhh...good $ thou

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    mustang Sally
    sweet home alabama
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    Pretty much all of Barry Manilow's canon of work!
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    any pop type hits, some red hot chili peppers might be good, but most of it should be slow type oldies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PHROGGE View Post
    Thxs atom!!!
    Its nice to know i still have fans!!!

    Sea cruise....
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    dizzy
    i can see for miles (who)
    slippin & slidin
    aqualung (?????) lol
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    Make sure you learn the theme song for Titanic. That'll go down well.
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    also The Love Boat theme, gotta do that one
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    I'm still living out of boxes due to my ex getting my house, but I want to say it was really pop-ish..Like Madonna stuff back then..really keyboard driven stuff. No rock to speak of...I hope I have that box of stuff, because if I dont have it I'll never see it again I'm sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slinky View Post
    also The Love Boat theme, gotta do that one
    HaHa, "The Loooooove Boat, promises something for everyone"

    Ok, maybe a lame gig, what do you think would be a good gig for a drummer then, besides doing the tavern deal.....and besides making it big as a rock star?
    Just a way to make a living and see the world, you know?

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    Cruise ships offer almost any form of musical entertainment you can imagine, including everything from small after hours jazz combos to full blown Broadway shows. You may be asked to play in one specific ensemble or several, depending on the line and what they require from their musicians. Family oriented cruise lines like Disney will usually require you to play a lot of music from their movies/shows as well as traditional Caribbean music for poolside afternoon gigs, etc. Adult/singles oriented party boats like Carnival will usually want you to be up on current/recent pop hits and classic rock/pop standards like those mentioned in previous posts.

    A friend of mine worked cruise ships for about 10 years after college and he had to do everything from reading classic big band charts in a tux, to playing Buffet charts on the hula deck during lunch time.

    Be careful which line you audition for too. Some lines require you to execute tasks other than just playing, and staff and guests are often strictly segregated while on board, so you likely won't have access to any of the on board amenities. Accomodations are usually small and spartan, and you can count on having one or two roomies in your cabin. Your access to the ship is often limited, so be prepared to spend a lot of your down time below decks, hanging with your fellow musicians and staring at steel bulkheads or a television.

    Every musician I know that's worked ships, maybe 10 or so, really made the most of their shore leave (par-tay!!!) and used the connections/friendships they made on board to move up to better gigs on land.
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    Come Sail away - Styx
    Redneck Yacht Club - Craig Morgon
    Southern Cross - Crosby, Stills and Nash
    Knee Deep - Zac Brown Band
    Boats - Kenny Chesney
    Sloop John B. - Beach Boys
    Rock the Boat - Hues Corporation

    Or pretty much anything by Jimmy Buffett.
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    I would like to hear songs that tell a story by artists such as : Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot, Don Mclean, Billy Joel.....and who does that one song about the " Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald " ?
    Most definitely. As a matter of fact, there will be "NO LIMIT"... just an unending quagmire of musical genius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MR. G View Post
    I would like to hear songs that tell a story by artists such as : Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot, Don Mclean, Billy Joel.....and who does that one song about the " Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald " ?
    Gordon Lightfoot. I bet that song would go over great! lol
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    I used to play on a cruise ship. It's quite an experience! To bring members on board, we would play some Jimmy Buffet tunes and Carribean sounding songs out on the deck. Then I played in a jazz band and also the big band for the showroom where we backed up Vegas artists.

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    I think Mattdrums has said it best. I was doing a little research into playing on cruise ships and versatility is key. also research what cruise line you want to work with.

    Read music. be up on it if its been a while start working on it now. search the internet there are a couple of blogs of cruise ship musicians that really cover what to do to get the gig. and even more important what to to to keep the gig.

    some can be bad some can be good but even if it sucks stick out your contract and research where to go next. then show them even though it sucked you stuck out your contract with X company it will help you get in the door with the other companies because they all know what its like.
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