I really do love learning so much new music. In the past 9 years, I have arranged and played almost every style of music from Catholic masses to Kanye West to Old Crow Medicine Show! Sometimes though it’s lovely to return to one’s roots.
Our July 31st bride and groom chose a violin and guitar duo and requested a number of hymns in the mix with other styles of music including Classical and Classic Rock. Since my public playing of the violin really began as a child playing hymns in a small country church, the opportunity to revisit sacred music was so special. Even better, I was joined again by guitarist Nate Macy who I began playing music with almost 15 years ago while we were in college.
Jordan and Janae’s ceremony was held at a venue that was new to me—the Riverview Restaurant’s Waterfall Estate. The weather was perfect and our setup under the gazebo for ceremony and cocktail hour offered just enough protection from the breeze and sun. After the cocktail hour, the guests moved inside for the dinner and reception. Nate and I continued to play for another hour inside and then spent the rest of the evening facilitating the couple’s i-pod playlist on our sound system.
This was just a gorgeous wedding—the bride and groom are obviously well loved by their family and friends and there were a number of couples in the room approaching their 50th wedding anniversary!
Hope you enjoy listening to a few of the songs we played—please pardon some rumbling wind and the crows “singing” in the background toward the end of Amazing Grace. Too bad it couldn’t have been a bird with a slightly more elegant voice! I guess at least this way you won’t question whether this is really recorded live.