03 May 2009

The Food of Love

A dark and stormy April evening found me and my DEB in the small Warwickshire village of Oversley Green, our official meeting with our harpist, Audrey Douglas. As the heavens raged around us, we sat warm and snug in Audrey’s harp studio. It was like a session in heaven with the angel Gabriel.

Audrey will be providing special music—in addition to that of the organist and the choir—for our wedding.  The idea of the harp had never really crossed my mind until we actually heard Audrey playing at the Wedding Fayre at The Glebe Hotel. Such a magic and ethereal sound.

I went to this meeting with what I thought was a clear sense of what I wanted. I had narrowed my “Bridal Procession” choices down to three: “O Mio Babbino Caro” (The Theme from Room With A View), “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and “Sleeper’s Awake.”

Audrey went through these for me, each so lovely, I declared I would never decide. With smile, she said softly: “What do you think about this?” And then she played Pachelbel’s Canon. I thought my heart would break in two it was so beautiful. I had axed that tune from my list long ago, because it is so over-used, cliché almost. But, all of that went out of the window when I heard her play it. I could barely keep myself from crying.

“That’s the one.” We all agreed.

p.s. The other contending tunes will be played during the “Signing of the Registry,” so they will feature in the soundtrack of the day.

1 comment:

Spike said...

I'm having heart palpitations... That is what I marched into.. Who cares if it is overused... It's works and it is awe-inspiring.

I'm shaking... It's like I'm there!