Live Music Lives

At the always incredible Skytop Lodge this past weekend I officiated for a cool couple who chose to have live music for their ceremony. As a former musician this is always exciting to me.

Skytop is gorgeous!

Skytop is gorgeous!

I have nothing at all against DJ’s, however. In fact, DJ’s often do an exceptional job and I love that they can play anything that has ever been recorded. Think about that! With a DJ you can go from classical to rock in a heartbeat. You can have Celtic sounds or Opera, World Beat or Jazz, and of course your favorite song, in the original form. Want Sinatra to sing it – get a DJ. Yes, a good DJ can be amazing.

But there is also something very warm and special about live music. It’s organic. It’s heartfelt. It’s personal. And the couple chose someone whose music they enjoy – so it was perfect. Joe O’Malley played, and he played many great romantic songs while folks arrived and did an awesome job. For the bridal party entrance he played the song she chose – Everything I Do, I Do It For You, by Bryan Adams, from the film Robin Hood. I also quoted the film in the ceremony. They couple loves movies, so how could I resist.

Here I am at Skytop for an amazing wedding last fall.

Here I am at Skytop for an amazing wedding last fall.

“Fate has smiled at us at last. I for one will not turn my back on her,” which was said by Robin Hood in the Ridley Scott version of the tale and seemed perfect for their journey.

I also used that most famous of all films quotes, the Humphrey Bogart line, ‘of all the gin joints in town she had to walk into this one,’ because it actually pretty much describes how they met. It was a great group of guests and lovely couple. Congratulations Kelly and Andy.

Arnie on keys!

Arnie on keys!

The following day I was also surprised and pleased to find a real live musician at the next wedding – Arnie Abrams, playing wonderful piano selections! So happy to see live music lives. Great job by Arnie!

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