Wedding stories I have known:
I have often thought that some day I'd write a book filled with stories of all the bizarre happenings of various weddings that I've played. As a member of a string quartet which does many weddings every year, I'm compiling quite a list.
It occurs to me that many of you may have entertaining, freaky or just weird stories to share as well. Bring em on...
I can start with my experience of today. I live about 40 minutes from the ferry boat that takes one to Mackinac Island, so most years my group plays there most weekends. These are usually outdoor weddings, ranging from simple to quite elaborate.
For today's wedding, I believe we set a record for the longest continuous playing of Canon in D in history. (and not played at a super slow pace, either). The wedding party was fairly large, but they walked a long way in super slow motion. Then the 3 flower girls, then ring bearer...all in slo-mo. THEN, we were supposed to continue with that music until the bride arrived by horse drawn carriage. There must have been a mix-up with the horse-traffic controller, because we waited and waited and waited....playing all the while. I was beginning to think that the poor groom has been stood up. The whole wedding party up front, and no bride....
We did the ENTIRE Canon 1 1/2 times before the bride arrived. Never thought I'd have to put a repeat onto a 5 minute melody, but there it was. Probably about 7-8 minutes of unbroken Canon.
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