I’ve been home for a while, actually.

The wedding was lovely, but the poor wedding party was in the sun the whole time and it was extremely hot. I had told them I’d need a covering, so while I was pretty darn warm, I didn’t have to sit in the sun. The wedding began later than the 5:00 time I was told, so I wound up playing a lot more than I had expected. I went between Telemann, a little bit ‘o Barrett (those make sweet little ditties … really!), and tunes I’d make up on the spot. And yes, I played Gabriel’s Oboe for the bride.

So are you wondering why I struggle with the tune from The Mission? If you’ve seen the film I’m guessing you actually can figure it out. But at the end of that film Gabriel, the pacifist priest, is walking and ends up … hmm … no … I really shouldn’t give it away in case you haven’t seen it. But if you see it maybe you’ll guess why I struggle with it as a bridal march sort of thing. And yet it is beautiful and if you haven’t seen the movie ….

I stayed through the entire wedding although I was done once the bride was up the aisle. I think it’s rather rude when musicians leave early unless they can do so without being seen. Besides, it was a nice ceremony, I’m a sucker for these things, and I wasn’t absolutely certain that the guitarist really was going to play at the end. I thought it best to be prepared to jump in if necessary. That way, too, I even managed to meet the bride for the first time!

Oh … and one reason I had gone shopping this morning was because the only outfit I had that is decent enough for a wedding is mostly brown, with dashes of other autumn colors. I was certain the bridal party wouldn’t be in brown, so I figured it was best to get something else that wouldn’t clash. Hah. They were in brown. Go figure. And I was seated off to the side, where I was mostly unseen. So what I wore didn’t matter at all anyway.

This was the first wedding I’ve been hired to play as a soloist. I’ve done quintets, and trios in the distant past, but it’s been a long time. I haven’t a clue if I charged enough. I know I didn’t charge too much. If any readers play weddings want to clue me in on what you charge, please. I’d love to know. And I’d love to get more of this kind of work. Maybe because I love being able to put pieces together that I like, make up things on the spot, it’s a no-stress sort of job, and, well, it’s fun to watch people sometimes.

Any bad news? Yeah. Giants lost. Second day in a row too. Rats.


  1. Hilda Ramirez

    Sounds like the wedding went quite well! 

    I like that piece, Gabriel’s Oboe.  I guess I like anything that
    features an oboe prominently though.  And this one even has the
    word “oboe” in the title.  Furthermore, it’s mostly playable for
    me (just have to make sure all those high A’s come out in tune and
    pretty sounding).  So how can I not like it?

     I’ve never seen the movie, though, and now you have made me curious.  Will it ruin the piece for me?  Hmm . . .

  2. Patricia Mitchell

    Well, it’s not an “easy” movie. And it’s not a movie to see if you don’t like to cry at movies. (It’s not actually the sort of movie I usually see because I get too emotional.) But it is one that makes one think a lot after seeing it.

    I don’t know if it would ruin the music for you or not.

  3. David Bratman

    On the subject of wedding marches, I wonder about the one from Lohengrin.  That marriage did not turn out so well, if I recall.

  4. Patricia Mitchell

    Heh … interesting! I have to confess, because I refuse to pretend I know anything I don’t know, that I am not familiar with the plot of Lohengrin. (I know, I know, I’m pathetic!) So are there any other music choices that would be considered odd (or horrible) if we connected plots to music? I wonder.

  5. David Bratman

    Standard fairy-tale tragedy: he’d laid a geas on her not to ask him his
    name or origin, and she asks anyway, so he has to take the next swan
    and leave.