‘Tis the Season – Of Weddings
This is the 30th year of my music career – in the summer of 1988 Peter and myself sold our belongings, bought one-way tickets, and left our German home to make music our careers and take advantage of a one year exchange scholarship to the University of Alabama. We quickly realized that playing club gigs for the door with our original music would not generate enough income to pay the rent and groceries. The lucrative jobs were the corporate and wedding gigs. We actually didn’t mind at all performing for these special occasions. In contrast to playing in a wedding band in Germany where you end up playing for extremely long hours mostly very square music, corporate jobs in the US seemed to require a good knowledge of the Great American Songbook with sprinkles of some Beatles and Motown songs. I actually enjoyed learning how to select the best music that fits the audience and the occasion. Especially performing for countless wedding ceremonies, receptions, and dances has helped me acquire a large repertoire of songs and musical styles over those three decades.
Weddings are very special and personal celebrations and every time the wedding photographer takes the close-ups of the band I wonder in how many family memory scrapbooks we ended up by now and how often our pictures trigger memories of a special day with special music. Well – and then there are those that trigger memories for us – here is my recollection of some unconventional, somewhat unfortunate, not to be duplicated moments:
I better stop here and my colleagues have plenty more stories to tell – but of course that’s a small percentage of the hundreds of beautiful and uplifting gatherings that we have the privilege to be part of. I absolutely enjoy adding the perfect musical framework to these special events and I do encourage using live musicians. Musicians are able to react to the moment, the atmosphere, the audiences through their musical choices and unique performance – a DJ provides playback –