Happy 50th to McKendree Village

Congratulations to McKendree Village on their 50th anniversary of operation.  McKendree is a senior living facility in Hermitage, TN.  It’s a lovely place for retirees and those who might need a little assistance with their daily lives.  Mayor Dean, among other dignitaries was on hand to help them celebrate this momentous occasion.  Silver Strings brought a mix of light classics and familiar standards to the reception before the speeches and ceremonies that took place April 19.

April 5 wedding at CJs Off the Square

Silver Strings presided over the musical part of the wedding of Nikki and Travis at CJs Off the Square on April 5.  They chose many of my favorite Disney songs from the animated films including “Some Day My Prince Will Come”, “When You Wish Upon A Star” (I still get a little misty thinking about Jiminy Cricket singing that) and “A Whole New World”.  Most interesting, however, was the choice for the unity ceremony…”Flightless Bird”, a lovely waltz that we played quietly while they poured the two vials of sand together into one vessel.  Congratulations on their magic carpet ride into a “Whole New World”.

Wedding at Front Porch Farms

April 6 was a busy day for Silver Strings.  Our first appointment of the day was to see that Jamie and Steve tied the knot at Front Porch Farms.  The weather was gorgeous and the whole scene was so relaxed.  We brought Jamie in to the strains of Elton John’s “Your Song” and at the end of the ceremony sent them off to “Wagon Wheel”.  Congratulations to Jamie and Steve and their families!

This Masquerade

Several weeks ago Silver Strings brought the musical entertainment for the cocktail and dinner hours at the Junior League of Nashville’s Masquerade Ball, a fundraiser for childhood obesity.  We incorporated masquerade songs into our set lists including “This Masquerade”, “Masquerade” from Phantom of the Opera and Waltz from the Khatchaturian “Masquerade Suite”.  We were able to add a bass to the regular quartet which totally put the music over the top.  The opening of the Khatchaturian waltz gave me shivers up and down my spine.

The event took place at the War Memorial Auditorium April 6.  The decor was stunning and the guests, the staff and the band, Almost Famous who played after dinner (cue the Twilight Zone music here…the official name of my company is Almost Famous Music) couldn’t have been nicer. 

Thank you Junior League for your wonderful contributions to the community!

Secret Garden Style Shoot

John Jordan Films shot a magnificent video of the Secret Garden Style Shoot under the auspices of Wedding 101 in Franklin. Silver Strings provided the live music for the shoot.

Reception at Opryland Hotel

Silver Strings booked a fabulous jazz quartet for a reception at the Crystal Gazebo in the Opryland Hotel. On hand were Smitty on drums, Roy Vogt on bass, Steve Willets on keyboard and Joe Getsi on sax.

Wedding at CJs Off the Square

Y-a-w-n, s-t-r-e-t-c-h.  My apologies for being in hibernation for so many weeks.  The wedding season got off to a great start for us at CJs Off the Square in Franklin on March 24.  We in the trio had a deja vu of feeling like we were back at Opryland playing shows in the breezy cold.  Though the weather was nippy, the bride’s choices of music were definitely cool….in a good way of course.    “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones was chosen for the procession of the wedding party.  For the bridal processional, appropriately enough, was “Marry Me” by Train.  To top it off, the newly married couple recessed to Michael Buble’s “Everything”.

Congratulations to Sarah and Ameer and best wishes for a long and happy life together.