I grew up playing the piano from a tender age, and consequently most music has been filtered through the lens of a pianist. Wedding piano music entered my repertoire at age 12 or so. I was accompanying singing in churches, playing for weddings, cantatas, and so forth.
It was to my advantage that for many years the primary church pianist where I attended was a dear lady who became quite nervous when playing for anything other than congregational singing, so I was given many opportunities as a youngster to perform and accompany.
In the early years I wasn’t very creative, and so I defaulted to the typical wedding piano music choices, except that I would push the parameters a bit to include popular love songs, that is the ones that seemed innocuous enough, though some church member might have been slightly uncomfortable with that.
I had a decided advantage over many other church pianists in that I have played by ear for as long as I can remember (I am extremely curious at what age that started to happen – but have no memory of the process), and it was never a problem to glance at the groomsmen as they strode in, or bridesmaids coming down the aisle, or try to locate the bride and her father at the back, and adjust the bridal processional timing or other music according to the need of the moment.
I didn’t especially like or dislike playing for weddings – it was something that came with the territory of being a good pianist (for my age) and having a keen ear. It was almost like a game, trying to get everything timed correctly and making the transitions from one piece to another natural, and at times seamless, creating medleys on the fly. The game thing was always a good motivating tool for me, because I always tried to make a game out of anything I did.
I still do, and it drives certain family members crazy, but that doesn’t have a lot to do with wedding piano music… back to the beaten path.
So I guess the point is that I’ve been playing music for weddings forever, relatively speaking. I find it enjoyable and fulfilling to add to the depth of meaning of the weddings of friends and family with the best wedding piano music I can come up with given the parameters of the situation, and part of that is the joy of sharing great songs with others. I love music that touches the soul and the emotions, and never tire of the finest wedding music that men and women have composed and arranged over the centuries.
As to the title of the blog – “wedding piano music played by little Weevie” – I had an aunt who called me Weevie for some reason, and to this day it still amuses me to remember her addressing me that way.