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On this Note - Live Music

From Rock-`n-Roll to the Latin American Lambada, live musicians will stir the souls of your most tone deaf, unco-ordinated guests and have them dancing up a storm. With the right musician, old and young will be tempted to join forces on the dance floor until the early hours.

Have you ever noticed how, when you hear a specific piece of music, memories come flooding back to remind you of distant, faraway moments in time. People habitually associate certain events in their lives with a musical score. Just like the soundtrack of a movie enhances what we see up on screen, the inclusion of a live band at a wedding reception can make it an even more memorable occasion. The term `band` traditionally applies to a group of musicians, but times have changed and coupled with technological advances, solo musicians are now able to re-create that `big band` sound at a fraction of the cost. Whichever you choose, either solo performer or massed ensemble, there is just no beating the atmosphere that is created when live entertainers do what they do best.

With so many bands on the market today all offering the bridal couple their services, the choice can become a nightmarish experience. As daunting as planning your wedding may seem, it is important that your choice of live musicians is not left until the last possible moment. The guest list at most weddings comprises a variety of age groups and you`ll want them all to have a good time. The band you select must be experienced enough to advise you on what their repertoire can accommodate and whether their music will be appropriate throughout the event. They should be professional, dedicated and versatile enough to meet your requirements. If possible, ask for references as they depend on them to build their reputation in the wedding arena. Live bands have the ability to be more interactive and vibrant, creating a magical ambience to get your guests in the mood.
We approached self-taught, solo musician Gary Sletcher and asked him to help us to create some guidelines for selecting a live musician. A professional musician for over a decade, Gary believes the most important thing to remember is that communication between the band and bridal couple is vital.

In your initial meeting, the performer should be able to tell you exactly what s/he requires in terms of space, power points and tables. If your venue doesn`t cater for the necessary P.A equipment, the band will need to make other arrangements or use their own.
The musicians should inform the couple of what their repertoire includes, so that any changes can be made prior to the day. Any special requests for first dances or dedications can also be discussed.
If you need to hear their music first, you can arrange to go and hear them perform at their next `gig`.
Once booked, the band can fax the couple a list of songs which will be performed on the day.
Ask the band if they have a `Plan B` if, for some reason, they are unable to perform.
On the day, the band should be set up and ready to play at least half an hour before the guests arrive.

Whatever your big day brings, when the meal is over, your guests have left and a good time was had by all, the memories of your special day will always come flooding back to you with a song.

1. Always - Ed Jordan
2.My heart will go on - Celine Dion
3.Truly, Madly, Deeply - Savage Garden
4.Love is all around - Wet Wet Wet
5.A whole new world - Theme from `Aladdin`
6.I got you babe - Sonny and Cher
7.I`ve finally found someone - Barbara Streisand and Bryan Adams
8.Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
9.Dance me `till the end - Leonard Cohen
10.I`ll stand by you - Chrissie Hind and The Pretenders

Article source: LifeWorld



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