1/9/15 TN Bar Foundation Dinner

The second Friday in January found Silver Strings with the addition of bass player, Roy Vogt, at the Hutton Hotel entertaining the guests at the Tennessee Bar Foundation’s annual dinner.  We started off in the lobby outside the ballroom playing jazzy standards.  It’s such a pleasure for us to have a bass add bottom to the sound and give us the boost the standards as well as rock and roll really need.  For the dinner part of the evening we convened in the ballroom to play a selection of classics, movie themes and smooth standards to create the ambiance without being obtrusive.  However after their presentation and for the dessert and networking time we let our collective hair down to jam on some rock classics.  The guests couldn’t believe it when we launched into “Billie Jean” driven along so ably by Roy.  Violinist Julianna Waller and Roy traded solos on “Born to be Wild” much to the audience’s delight.  A couple of days later I got wonderful feedback from Barri, the mover and shaker of this event.  A good time was had by all….including us!

1/3/15 Wedding in Alabama

We started the year off right away with a road trip to north Alabama to bring music to the wedding of Walt and Stephanie.  Not an easy location to get to but the drive on twisty roads was beautiful.  We were a quartet this time and it was great to sit down with my favorite musicians after the Christmas holidays.  Walt and Stephanie chose some beautiful standards for their prelude such as “When I Fall In Love” and “It Had To Be You”.  They fell back on the traditional Wedding Marches for the processional and recessional but in between after the exchange of vows and rings, they danced their first dance as husband and wife to “At Last”.  New and different for us but that’s what makes our job so interesting.  Congratulations to them both along with their families and many wishes for a long and happy life together.

12/27/14 Wedding in Cross Plains, TN

Near the end of December Silver Strings were in attendance at the nuptials of Walton (the bride) and Terry (the groom).  This couple had already married so that Terry could begin adoption proceedings for Walton’s son before he was called back into active duty.  The ceremony then confirmed their commitment to one another.

The ceremony took place in a barn on the property of her parents’ home and what was neat was to see a small blanket or throw on each chair for the guests in case it got too cold.  We ended up being parked right next to the heat source and soon wished we hadn’t dressed so warmly.    Walton and her mom, Mary Phil, chose a contemporary program of music.  We brought mothers in to “You Make Beautiful Things” by Gungor, the bridesmaids to “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen), and Walton entered to the strains of “Bless the Broken Road”.  Her 2 yr old punctuated the minister’s remarks with “Amen” in several appropriate places.  So cute.  We sent them back down the aisle to “This Will Be an Everlasting Love”.

Congratulations to Walton and Terry for tying the knot (again).  And to their families as well.  Many wishes for a long and happy life together.

12/4/14 Memorial at Phillips Robinson Funeral Home

I started my long winter’s nap early after a very busy fall.  So reaching back to last month to bring us up to date let’s start with a lovely memorial service on December 4 at the Phillips Robinson Funeral Home given for those persons who had lost a loved one in 2014.  A trio of us (Craig Duncan and Gary Tussing with me) played traditional Christmas songs before the service started.  After a short sermon those who wanted to place an ornament on the Christmas tree in honor of their loved one did so while we played “Silent Night”.  When the service concluded everyone was invited into another room where punch and desserts were served while we relocated and began to play songs from the lighter side of Christmas.

After all the guests had left and we were packing to leave, owner, Gail Robinson, remarked that everyone liked what we did so much that we should put the first Thursday on our calendar for next year and be back.  Craig immediately jumped in and said, “Great!  Can just we leave our instruments here until then?”  (For the uninitiated…it’s an old joke musicians take any opportunity to repeat.)