On Friday, March 10th 2017 at 6PM I had the thrilling opportunity of singing the national anthem for the Red Sox vs. Orioles spring training game at Jetblue Park, also known as Fenway South. I had sung the anthem for the Red Sox 6 years ago at their old stadium in downtown Fort Myers. Performing at the new state of the art Jetblue stadium was exciting and I was definitely riding an adrenaline rush while standing before a sold out crowd of 11,000+ fans.
Let me tell you about something that nearly messed up my performance - a random outburst by a large section of the crowd yelling "oohhhh" right before the phrase "Oh say does that start spangled banner yet wave." I just smiled and kept going since I have learned over the years that in situations like this: just keep going even when out of the blue distractions happen.
Well, I later learned this was not out of the blue for the Baltimore Oriole fans in the crowd. This was their tradition! The team is famously nicknamed the O's and so they had to voice their famous letter of the alphabet right in the middle of my performance. It is so funny because at that moment a flood of thoughts raced through my mind and I even thought I might get nailed in the head with a rogue baseball.
The anthem was well received and I was thankful for the fans that came up to let me know how much they enjoyed it. Best of all I had my sweet husband and two girls in the crowed as well as some close friends. I am so thankful to God for blessing me with this wonderful gig.
This past weekend I had the privilege of playing piano music for the sweetest couple from New Jersey. Their music has been in the works for some time since they had a special and different request: one song only with different sections played at distinct points within the ceremony.
They also requested a sample of the sections prior to the wedding to make sure everything sounded to their liking. Read more about their custom piano arrangement of the song "Rhythm of Love" by the Plain White T's and listen to the samples submitted to them here.
The weather couldn't have been more beautiful: cool and breezy with a
sun-filled sky and views of a rippling shoreline along the Caloosahatchee.
The Edison Ford Winter Estates in downtown Fort Myers is a perfect place for an outdoor wedding.
The grounds are impeccably maintained and overflowing with the most gorgeous flowers, plants and trees. Michelle and her groom were married amidst ginormous royal palms that make up a natural sort of aisle.
From the ceremony site you can also see a large banyan tree that is so timeless and amazing to behold. Through the trees one can take a peek of downtown Fort Myers
and the surrounding marina.
The ceremony was slated to start at 4:30, however there was some delay. I ended up playing non stop from 4-5pm as guests arrived and awaited the start of the wedding. Below is a recording of 30 minutes worth of un-edited audio during that span. Having a musician present to fill in for times just like this is another invaluable option to bride's and grooms.
These intricately beautiful parasols simply took my breath away! Between the ivory keys of the piano, the deep crimson color of the bridesmaids dress and that awesome sun flair, this is one of my favorite pictures from a wedding performance.
Congratulations to this wonderful bride and groom. It was a pleasure to share in your day and provide music for you and your guests.
Why hello there! I'm Katy, the owner and curator of our professional musician collective in Southwest Florida. As a wife and mom to two adorable little girls, my days are filled with adventure and love. Subscribe to the newsletter below for past melodic weddings that are sure to inspire ideas for your own ceremony music.