I swear I don’t plan my trips to and from Seattle around Mark Pickerel’s appearances at the airport, but I ran into the man there again yesterday. He was performing as part of Sea-Tac’s City of Music program which features local musicians playing live music throughout the airport. This was the second time that our schedules have overlapped. This time I found him singing in the middle of the Central Terminal food court to an audience of travelers eating Qdoba burritos and something that might’ve been Chinese food. I pulled up a chair and watched the rest of his set.
Here he is:
And here are the songs he played while I was there:
Setlist: … / Sway (Dean Martin) / Waiting on a Friend (Rolling Stones) / Solitary Man (Neil Diamond) / Forest Fire / Your Avenue / You’ll Be Mine / Mother of Earth (Gun Club) / One More Cup of Coffee (Bob Dylan) / Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone (Willie Nelson & others)
Much like last time, he played an interesting mix of covers and originals. The highlights for me included a song I associate with Dean Martin called “Sway” and a cover of Neil Diamond’s “Solitary Man.” As far as the original songs go, I particularly enjoyed “Forest Fire” and “You’ll Be Mine.” I was happy to find both of these songs on the Snake in the Radio CD I bought as Mark was packing up after the show. It’s an album Beth tried to give me years ago. I refused the offer back then by saying,
I don’t want a CD by some guy you gotta crush on!
As you can see, I eventually came around.