I’m playing for a wedding tomorrow; Sara Thompson is a family friend and has been a part of a group of girls (including our daughters Emily and Liz) that have stayed together in some fashion for the last 10+ years; in our case, we’ve known her since she was quite small – probably more than 20 years.We live just a couple miles from their family.
Tomorrow’s wedding will be a combination of recorded music for the prelude, processional, and recessional, with just a couple live songs. I’ll be singing Matthew West’s “Hold You Up” and leading the congregation in the contemporary hymn/worship song “Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord”, written by Matt Redman.
After the wedding I’ll sit in with Jaden Street Jazz for the reception, since their keyboard guy wasn’t able to get off work. That should be a blast – since I never play in live bands anymore, and don’t know 80% of the songs they do, even though many of them are standards. So there will be no sleeping through this gig! I was temporary worship leader at the church these guys attend a couple years ago while they were between pastors, and I know the drummer, Ben Vawter, from working together at Aire Born Recording Studios in Zionsville, Indiana, just to the northwest of Indianapolis. Jason Tidball, the bassist, is a piano tuner, and has tuned pianos for me at the church I attended previously. Scott Bradley is the guitarist, and he played guitar briefly during my stint at their church, First Baptist in Brownsburg. Chad Hetrick plays keyboards for the band, but of course won’t be at the wedding reception tomorrow, hence my temporary employment with the band.
Both my daughters are in the wedding, and indeed, there are 8! bridesmaids I believe, so quite the lineup. Previously, I’ve been involved in the weddings of 2 of the other friends that are bridesmaids, and I suppose that I’ll be involved in a couple more before it’s all said and done.
The music was quite soft during the rehearsal today, and I’m not even sure what the brides and bridesmaids are walking to. The recessional was a song I didn’t recognize, something more contemporary.
The videographer will be another friend of many years, Will Smith. We’ll both arrive a bit early so he can shoot some close-up video of me singing “Hold You Up” that he’ll intersperse with the actual wedding footage. It should work fine, as long as the shots we fly in aren’t too long, and I sing the song at essentially the same tempo. Of course, if I sing certain notes longer or shorter than during the ceremony, we probably would not use those.
I’ll probably post again after the wedding, and if I can talk her into it, perhaps Sara will blog a little about her wedding down the road a few weeks after she and Brian are an old married couple.