How to Sock It to Your Husband in the 21st Century

Posted on February 5th, by Robin Schoepf in Front Row, News. 3 comments

How to Sock It to Your Husband in the 21st Century

I work with my husband. I have avoided it for many years because we are very different people. And that is glaringly obvious enough in our personal life. We have learned to adapt to each others styles on stage. But in the beginning it was kind of rough. One area that still chaffes is the set list.

I like to make a plan and stick with it. So I rarely veer off the set list. Bruce throws caution to the wind. Four songs into the show and he might stop looking at the setlist altogether. Bruce thinks his ability to do this makes him better than me. Not that he has ever told me this, but I just know.

Fact is, we each think the way we do things makes us better than the other one.

One night though, Bruce was the clear winner, when he effortlessly honored a request from the crowd to play “Me and Bobby Mcgee”. A song I had never seen or heard him play, ever. Why anyone would have requested it is confusing. But they did and just to be a showoff (I’m guessing) he played it and knew every word and killed it. In a really good way. Crowd goes wild. I not only never do that kind of thing, I sometimes can’t remember how my own songs go.

So the next day I took to twitter/facebook to hatch a plan to get him back. I asked for suggestions for the perfect extremely wordy country song I could secretly learn before our next gig. The minute it was suggested I knew Harper Valley PTA was just the song.

I emailed the guys in the band my key and told them to be prepared and not to let on. For the rest of the week I practiced that song every time Bruce left the house. My kids were about to kill me because it was never ending. I sang it while walking the dog. I was motivated. Bruce WOULD bow down to my awesomeness!

I asked the twitterverse to come to the show and please nonchalantly request the song about midway though the show. They did.

What followed was a triumph of the human spirit.

It was such fun, and we captured the moment on youtube. Bruce was impressed and I won the night. But best of all, we won this wonderful song as a part of our show. It’s actually on the setlist.


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3 Responses to “How to Sock It to Your Husband in the 21st Century”

  1. Frank Thompson says:

    Great story and great song!

  2. merlin ellis says:

    Loved the story. I have several of your albums. I’ll have to get the new one now. When are you coming to AZ?

  3. […] “How to Sock It to Your Husband in the 21st Century” was a cute story Willis wrote about slyly working “Harper Valley PTA” (her splendid cover on Our Year of the Jeannie C. Riley rabble-rousing hit) into their show. She now takes charge of the set list, Robison said, so that must make for some entertaining onstage chemistry, mixing Johnny-and-June authenticity with Sonny-and-Cher electricity. […]

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