5/25/19 Wedding at Opryland Hotel’s Lion’s Gate Fountain

On 5/25/19 Silver Strings gathered to perform music for the nuptials of Tiffany and Brent.  I have to say this was one of the sweetest, most wonderful services of which I’ve been a part.  Matt, the officiant, told the story of Brent’s proposal.  They apparently met through an online dating website and the rest is history.  Brent had taken Tiffany on a holiday to Bermuda where he invited her to take a walk on the beach with him early one morning.  Unbeknownst to her he had half buried a bottle, decked out to look old, in the sand with a message (the proposal) on aged-looking paper.  He made sure she found the bottle and it was several sentences into the message before she realized it was his marriage proposal to her.  That right there was worth the price of admission.

For the music Tiffany chose contemporary songs such as “Beautiful Day”, “1979” and “Bittersweet Symphony” which we interspersed with a few selections from the classical repertoire.  “Ave Maria” was selected for the wedding party and “Con Te Partiro” was selected for Tiffany’s entrance.  After the opening words and a prayer by Tiffany’s dad, Matt cleared his throat signaling us to begin playing the chords to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” as in inside joke for Brent.  He recited a couple of the opening sentences and after a flourish by the strings, proceeded to the serious business of uniting the lovely couple.

The unity ceremony consisted of the parents mingling wine in a cup that was set on a nearby table along with the aforementioned bottle and framed message.  Tiffany and Brent shared a sip of the wine after which they exchanged rings and were ultimately pronounced married.  Appropriately enough they recessed to James Brown’s “I Feel Good”.

Tiffany, her mother, Mona, and officiant Matt were a joy to work with.  So it is with a big smile on my face that I congratulate Tiffany and Brent and wish them abundant happiness in the coming years!

 

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Tennessee Bar Foundation Dinner 5/5/18

May 5, 2018 was a busy day in downtown Nashville.  The Predators were playing a big game with a pre-game bash in front of the Hilton Hotel…the place we were supposed to be that evening to entertain at a dinner for the Tennessee Bar Foundation.  We all expected nightmare traffic but none of us had a problem, getting there in plenty of time.

We started off the dinner part with tunes like “Be Our Guest” and a Star Wars medley to bring the guests into the ballroom to find their tables.  Then we settled into beautiful background music to help create a convivial atmosphere for the diners.  We were a quintet that evening, an ensemble we absolutely love because the addition of a string bass really enhances the richness of the sound.  My favorite tune of the evening with this ensemble was “Oblivion” by Piazzolla.  Look it up on youtube if you’re not familiar with it.  So sensuous and compelling you’ll want to immediately run out and sign up for tango lessons.

After the dinner and presentation we kicked our music into high gear and played danceable music such as “Shut Up and Dance”, “Billie Jean” and “Born to Be Wild” during dessert.  One table of guests kept us playing a good half hour after our contracted time.  We winged an accompaniment to Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” for one of the guests to sing and later a tango for one of the couples.  They were having fun and we were having fun.  Indeed a good time was had by all.

Wedding at CJ’s 5/4/18

On May 4, 2018 Caroline married her sweetheart, Mike in a lovely ceremony in front of the gazebo in the garden at CJ’s Off the Square in Franklin.  Caroline chose mostly contemporary tunes such as “River Flows in You” and “Marry Me” for the prelude and traditional music such as “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and “Canon in D” for the processionals.  She chose “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” for the recessional, the lyrics of which are so apropos for a wedding…”My oh my what a wonderful day.  Plenty of sunshine headin’ my way…”

Susan Mullen and Elizabeth Browne joined me that day.  Being a Friday and rush hour in Nashville, compounded by events going on in Franklin, Elizabeth and I got caught in traffic jam after traffic jam trying to get to CJ’s on time.  We left really early hoping to avoid the worst traffic but no such luck.  Fortunately Susan got there before we did and took care of carving out a place for us set up.  We made it before the guests began to arrive so all was well.  Kudos to CJ’s team for rolling with the situation and making sure we got the proper signals as to when to play what.

Congratulations to Caroline and Mike on their new life journey together!

Party!! 1/27/18

Occasionally Silver Strings gets to step out of the wedding mode to do something really fun.  On Saturday, January 27, a trio of us played for a birthday party.  Actually we had played the wedding of two of the attendees a couple of years ago but the party was for the birthday of the bride’s grandmother.

For the cocktail hour we played fun stuff that had several guests dancing and applauding.  People still can’t believe that strings play rock and roll and have a good time doing it.  When it came time for the dinner we toned it down a bit to play some favorite hymns and classics.  When we had finished their requests I pulled out my new favorite…a tango by Astor Piazzolla called “Oblivion”.  Look that one up on youtube and find you’ll find yourself attempting an impromptu tango to this incredibly sensuous music.

We finished our part of the evening with “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” which brought sighs and applause from the guests.

What a lovely evening!  And Happy Birthday to the birthday girl with wishes for many more birthdays to follow!