10/27/18 Wedding at Scarritt

On 10/27/18 Silver Strings convened at Wightman Chapel on the Scarritt Campus for the nuptials of Shannon and Eduardo.  Jocelyn Sprouse and Gary Tussing joined me in a mostly classical setting in this beautiful chapel.  Grandparents and mothers took their places to Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” after which the attendants arrived to the no-so-classical Coldplay tune “Clocks”.  Shannon met Eduardo at the altar to “Trumpet Voluntary”.

Two friends of the couple lent their beautiful voices to moments during the ceremony.  At the beginning of the ceremony Maribeth sang “Blessed assurance”, accompanying herself on the piano.  After a scripture reading Dennis sang “In Christ Alone” with the trio along with the piano as accompaniment.  Both of them gave me goosebumps with the beauty of their singing.  After the vows and exchange of rings Maribeth and Dennis sang “The Prayer” with the trio in another goosebumpy moment.

When the Newlyweds were introduced we sent them back down the aisle to U2’s “Beautiful Day”.  And indeed it was a beautiful day for everyone.  Congratulations to Shannon and Eduardo and their families with wishes for a long and happy life together!

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10/13/18 Wedding in Burns, TN

On 10/13/18 Silver Strings had the honor of playing for a wedding of a colleague from Wisconsin at a farm in Burns, TN.  Heather is a cellist in her Wisconsin city doing the same thing we do, but was here to be married to her sweetheart, Adam.  She provided the music for the processional and we were very impressed with her arranging skills.  Everyone who was part of the service entered to “Higher Ground” in which we played along with a track created by Heather of an oboist friend of hers who couldn’t be at the wedding but wanted to participate.

But I’m ahead of myself.  The wedding took place in a freshly mown meadow down from the house of her fiance’s brother in rural Burns.  Chairs for about 25 guests were placed in a circle.  At the beginning of the ceremony the officiant gave the rings to a guest to start the “Ring Warming” where the rings were passed around the circle of guests with each person silently conveying prayers, good thoughts or wishes as the rings were in their hands while the quartet played “The Book of Love” (Heather’s arrangement).  After the vows were recited and rings exchanged we sent them and the guests up to the brunch tent to the strains of “In Your Eyes/Solsbury Hill”, another of Heather’s arrangements.

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We soon followed to play fun stuff for their gourmet brunch, pulling out songs like “Uptown Funk”, “Istanbul”, Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” and “Another One Bites the Dust”.  Toward the end of the brunch Heather asked if she could sit in and would Paul Nelson mind if she played his cello.  He happily let her have his place so he could warm up with a hot cup of coffee, it being quite cold that day.  When we were done we were invited to enjoy the buffet at a table set specifically for us….something only another musician would think of.

Congratulations to Heather and Adam!  It was wonderful meeting them, seeing that they were properly married and hopefully we’ll see them again when they visit Adam’s brother again.

9/29/18 Wedding at King’s Chapel

This wedding ranks as one of my all time favorites.  Mother of the bride, Wendy, was a joy to work with.  We immediately bonded over coffee at our first meeting with a lot of laughter and animation.  I threatened to wear my vampire teeth to smile at her when she was seated to keep her from crying and running her mascara.

But this is about Katherine and Rod tying the knot at King’s Chapel, a tiny but lovely chapel near Franklin.  We were a quartet for this wedding, playing beautiful classics such as the Bach “Air from Suite in D” and the Delibes “Flower Duet.  We also mixed in the more contemporary “Hymne” by Vangelis and the gorgeous theme from “Ladies in Lavender”.

Hymns were the order of the day for the processionals with “For the Beauty of the Earth” for the mothers, “Come Thou Fount” for the wedding party and “All Creatures of Our God and King” for Katherine.  After the vows were repeated, the rings exchanged and the celebration of the first kiss as husband and wife, we sent them back down the aisle to Handel’s joyful “Allegro” from Solomon.

Congratulations to Katherine and Rod and their families with many wishes for a long and happy life together!

9/1/18 Wedding at Cheekwood

On 9/1/18 Silver Strings also was in attendance at the wedding of Valery and Bill in Will’s Garden at Cheekwood.  Ashley Porter of Posh Occasion did a super job coordinating the ceremony and reception.  I think maybe she might have even had some pull with the Big Man Upstairs to hold off the rain until the ceremony was over.  The garden was beautiful and the ceremony went flawlessly, maybe with the exception of the PA system not working very well but then I can’t remember a time in Will’s Garden when the audio didn’t have problems.  I think the garden must be haunted.

The couple chose traditional selections for the prelude, processionals and recessionals but then left the music up to us for the cocktail hour later on at the Hillwood Country Club.  Susan, Toni, Gary and I had entirely too much fun playing tunes like “Shut Up and Dance” and “Uptown Funk”.

Congratulations to Valery and Bill with many wishes for a long and happy life together from Silver Strings.

7/14/18 Wedding in Murfreesboro

On the morning of July 14, 2018 Asheton married Aaron at his mother’s home in Murfreeboro.  The ceremony took place on a veranda overlooking a lovely pool complete with fountains.  The little flower girl took her job very seriously, bending over to place each petal carefully in the aisle….until her mother scooped her up so we all could get on with the bridal entrance and ceremony.  Asheton and Aaron included a hand wrapping unity ceremony where the minister wrapped their clasped hands with a white scarf, said a prayer over them and then unwrapped their hands as we played “The Prayer”.

Asheton’s main music requests were “Over the Rainbow” and “Game of Thrones” which we played during prelude and then again after toasts to begin the luncheon which was served in the house.  The trio of Susan Mullen, Gary Tussing and Linda Davis continued to play through the luncheon including songs for the various generations represented.  The little flower girl couldn’t resist dancing to “Let It Go” from the movie, Frozen.

The families were wonderful to us, treating us like royalty making sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed…including lunch when we were finished.

Congratulations to Asheton and Aaron and from what the minister said about them, they are sure to have a long and wonderful life together!

6/16/18 Wedding at Scarritt

On 6/16/18 Silver Strings was in attendance at Wightman Chapel on the Scarritt campus bringing selection of contemporary songs to the wedding of Rachel and Nick.  I got a last minute request for “Stand By Me” from Rachel.  I asked her if she had just watched the Royal Wedding to which she admitted she had.  Fortunately I had set my alarm to get up in time to watch the royal nuptials and heard the gospel choir sing their interpretation of this song.  I got out my stock arrangement of the the Ben E. King version, decided it couldn’t be what Rachel was thinking and transcribed what the choir did.  I told the quartet to play it as though we were a gospel choir…which they did admirably.

Rachel had also asked for “Your Song” by Elton John for the mothers and men, “Stolen” by Dashboard Confessional for the bridesmaids, and finally “Young and Beautiful” by Lana del Ray for her entrance.  After the vows and rings were exchanged, the pronouncement of marriage and most importantly….the kiss….we played them back down the aisle as husband and wife to “Shut Up and Dance”.  And indeed it was time to dance with joy and celebration.

Congratulations to Rachel and Nick!  May they have a long and happy union!

6/15/18 Wedding at St. John Vianney Catholic Church

On 6/15/18 Kate and Derick were married in a Catholic ceremony at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Gallatin.  We were a quartet that day and very much appreciated the help of organist and cantor, Stuart Kelly, in navigating the details of the Catholic marriage rite.  We also all agreed that it was such a pleasure to play selections from the classical literature for this wedding.  Kate chose things like the Brandenburg Concerto #3 and the stunningly beautiful Pavane by Faure for the prelude.  We brought family members to their places with “Arioso”, the men to “Trumpet Voluntary”, the bridesmaids to “Trumpet Tune” and finally Kate, on her mother’s arm, to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”.  We mostly got to watch this beautiful rite with the exception of playing “The Prayer” and “Panis Angelicus” during Communion.  Finally after all was said and done and the bride and groom were presented as Mr. and Mrs., we sent them back down the aisle to “O Happy Day”.

Silver Strings wishes Kate and Derick a long and happy together.  Congratulations to them and their families!

6/9/18 Wedding at Ruby Cora

On 6/9/18 a trio of us made an afternoon trip to Adams, TN to provide the music for the nuptials of Taylor and Cory at a site overlooking the freshly harvested fields of wheat in the countryside.  Marcia Winn, owner of Ruby Cora, has taken great care to make her event venue beautiful and welcoming.

I mostly worked with mom, Chauncy, on the music as kids these days have way too much on their plates and welcome the help of parents and friends.  The processionals were mostly classics with my choice of prelude music.  The scenery begged for things like “Butterfly Waltz” as there were many swallowtail butterflies lending their grace and beauty.  The minister showed his sense of humor at the end of the ceremony by telling Cory he could now make out with his bride after which we played them back down the aisle to “Cowboy Take Me Away”.

The reception took place in a specially designed building for events that was mostly windows with beautiful views out all sides.  The trio played Country tunes, old and new, while guests had cocktails and barbecue.  We even wore our Cowboy boots in honor of the music requested.

Silver Strings offers many wishes to Taylor and Cory for a long and happy life together.

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Rehearsal at Ruby Cora

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!

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