As we consider what kind of wedding reception music we’re offering, I’m glad I had the opportunity this last Saturday to sit in with some friends and play at Sara Thompson Brown’s wedding. Since Sara and Brian had asked me to play and sing a couple songs during the ceremony, it worked out quite nicely to be able to play at the reception. I was quite surprised at the number of wedding guests at the reception – it was a rather large multi-purpose room, filled to capacity.
The band was Jaden Street Jazz from the Indy/Brownsburg Indiana area; as I mentioned in a previous blog, I know many of the guys in the band from an interim music minister position at Bethesda Baptist Church in Brownsburg a couple years ago, and I’ve known the band’s drummer, Ben Vawter, for many years, working on various projects with him both as a producer and hired keyboardist at Aire Born Recording Studios in Zionsville, IN where he is a staff engineer.
The band was in the corner of the room, and the piano wasn’t miked. Since I have a firm touch, and we were playing at a comfortably low volume, that wasn’t a problem. We played about 25 tunes, and near the end of our last set, repeated some of the earliest songs that I knew well or favored – Unforgettable, Girl from Ipanema, and a couple others I can’t call up.
My lovely bride Mary was one of the servers, and would occasionally walk by and make ‘sheep eyes’ at me, which phrase I suppose some of you might have to look up to fully appreciate. Our family has had an appreciation for all kinds of music through the years, and that expression seems to fit well with our family vacations to the Great Smoky Mountains and the Appalachian music we love to sing and play on such family trips.
Okay, I’m going down a serious rabbit trail here, but that brings to mind one of our favorite silly songs that our family learned a couple decades ago, and it goes something like this:
I got a pig, home in the pen Corn to feed him on
All I need’s a pretty little girl To feed him when I’m gone.
And so forth…