Too funny - it's been a while since I found a space here that I've enjoyed as much as this thread. One of the things I do on occasion is call up my Mom and when she says "Hello?" - I play an old 40s or 50s tune for her. Last one I did was "Waltz Across Texas" by Ernest Tubb. My folks used to dance to his music so it brightened her, and my, day.
I can play a lovely lead to this down the neck but for a solo it just seemed to do better in a Carter style of playing. One can do their own backup and lead at the same time that way.
Fred Miller also mentioned other instruments - Oh yes - very good!! Clarinets, trombones, even drums have a lead all of their own. I heard Chet Atkins play a Gershwin tune with our Governor who plays the Clarinet - well at that time he was our Governor. I was amazed at what Chet did with his side of the tune. So good one for you Fred!!
Use the phone and sing sweet love songs Lane - makes for some very nice reunions - and it isn't in the technically perfect mode either my friend - it's what comes from your heart.