John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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I sang at a wedding this afternoon. No one I knew; just a couple who wanted to get married in my quaint little church, and needed a couple extra singers to round out a quartet.

This particular wedding rated pretty high on the cliche-o-meter. Canon in D for the processional? Check. 1 Corinthians 13 for the scripture reading? Check. If I ever get married, I will refuse to allow either of those in my wedding. On the plus side, the wedding party jumped the gun and processed early, during the vocal solo, so Canon in D never actually got played during the service. Hee! More proof for my theory that something unexpected always happens during weddings.

For my part, the quartet sang an setting of Robert Burns's "My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose." I've heard better arrangements, but it was pretty good, and we performed it pretty well, especially since we only had 45 minutes to rehearse together. I'm not sure I fully approve of using a secular song like that during a church wedding though. I sang a secular song at my sister's wedding -- "Love Changes Everything," from Andrew Lloyd Weber's Aspects of Love -- but that was held in a botanical garden, not a church. But the minister and the worship committee signed off on it, so really, who cares what I think? And it's not like I'm going to refuse to cash the check or anything. Am I a hypocrite for complaining about what I sang, and yet still accepting payment for having sung it? Maybe, but I can live with it.

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