Developing themes around groups of songs allows Littlest Big Band to add different historical and interesting facts relating to the songs each time they're played so each presentation is fresh and brings back new memories. This allows the duo to spread out the wealth of information about the songs over the course of weeks and months.
The Route 66 Show
As its name indicates, this show focuses on Route 66, from its beginning as a collection of military trails of the 1850s, to its official designation in 1926, to its decommissioning in 1985. A lot of things happened during those years and a lot of songs were sung. It's a story that touches almost everyone.
Songs on the Big Screen
Songs often help tell the stories in movies, and many of the standards, with their rich lyrics and timeless melodies, continue to be used to do that. Tunes like "As Time Goes By" become part of the memory of Casablanca
, while movies like Space Cowboys
benefit from the timelessness of "Fly Me to the Moon."
Places and how to get to them are the meat of this show, from walking to bicycling to cars, trains, planes, and boats, the cities and countries and even planets available to travel to...well, someday.
The Splendor of Love
Most songs are about some aspect of love, so it's an easy matter to develop a setlist of love songs for Valentine's Day, Mother's and Father's Day, Grandparent's Day...you get the idea. Lynn and Bob like to feature them the whole month of February.
By the Numbers (or the Letters)
Going through the songs by date or by the alphabet is an interesting way to show off the tunes and the decades they were written and performed.
Christmas, Holidays, Patriotic
The Christmas season is a special time when carols, hymns, and other standards of the season highlight gatherings of friends and families. The patriotic observances, and certain other holidays (St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving) also have a few songs that help to connect with them.