- Brides are notoriously high strung and indecisive. That's a dangerous combination when trying to pick music for their special day.
- It's a high stress gig for me. They're always recorded, so if you fuck up it's saved for posterity's sake.
- Weddings are very unpredictable. I've played for some that started close to 30 minutes late. That's 30 more minutes of prelude music I have to pull out of my ass. They never go off without a hitch.
I don't charge that much when I play for one. In fact I usually don't charge a dime. You see I only play for the weddings of close friends or the kids of close friends. I tell them to consider my services their wedding gift from me. It's a win-win because I'm often short on cash and I hate shopping and they need music.
All of this comes up because I am playing for a wedding tomorrow that I never intended to play for. The bride asked me if I would play something at her wedding. She mentioned that her brother was going to sing something, so I assumed she just wanted me to accompany him. (By the way her brother is an excellent singer. Think a cross between the voices of Justin Timberlake and Michael Buble.) So she emails me about 3 weeks ago and asks if I'm still planning to "help out" with the music. After I tell her yes she says she will send me the music. I'll be damned if I didn't get music for the whole entire ceremony.
So think of me tomorrow afternoon about 4:00 Central Time. I'll be sweating in a monkey suit much like the one in my profile picture while I try not to screw up playing Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, and Debussy.