Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Marrying is a team sport. (Get ready for more sports metaphors, I'm high on the Olympics right now.)

Not only do you have your primary team-mate (him to whom you are affianced), but you get the opportunity to assemble a cracker-jack squad of specialists. Most of these specialists are creative types, and like elite athletes they must be handled with the utmost level of respect and attention.

Our team at this point consists of no fewer than seven farmers, seven musicians, five speechmakers, four declaimers, three therapists, two DJs, two chefs, two visual artists, two jewelers, a tailor, a stylist, a photographer, a choreographer, an administrative assistant and countless personal advisers.

Working with all these brilliant people is a privilege and a responsibility. One can smooth the path, in a way, by aiming low - that is, making all one's own creative decisions and employing mere technicians to execute them. But, we were dedicated to a "collaborative" approach from an early stage. We wanted each of these superstars to bring his or her own viewpoint, enjoyment and artistry to the task. Consequently, we are engaged in deep, sometimes delicate conversations with each of them.

The newest additions to our team are the brass quintet and the tailor. We have just exchanged our first rally of emails with the quintet's leader, Sandy, having started with a number of outlandish musical suggestions. Her response was very thoughtful and sensitive to our taste - which she clearly understood - and now we have parried with a new set list. Our goal is to find music that they are truly excited to play, because we believe that will bring out their best talents.

Mr. Tabet is our tailor, and he too brings not only a reputation for extraordinary skill, but also a strong viewpoint as to how our suits should look. With his strong but unidentifiable accent and hard but pitying glare, he barks out orders like the tiny Bela Karolyi of menswear. Our bill for his services is a little more than double the money we paid for our suits to begin with! Nonetheless, it is a true pleasure to see his experience and competence, and to know that we have avoided the sad fate of the Ukrainian athletes last Friday.


Michael Bruno said...

Those Ukrainian outfits were ghastly, weren't they?

Sweet T said...

i'm really loving China's outfits, and Michael Phelps killed it last night, no? I still can't get over how terrifyingly Nazi-esque the male swimmers and gymnasts are, though.

I would love to see your quintet's set list for the ceremony when you've finalized it- we are having some jazz and gospel music in our ceremony now (so excited!) and I'd love to know what you've picked too.

Emerson Beyer said...

Last night's Olympic action was just breathtaking. Can I cheer for China and the USA both? They're rocking my world in the swimming and the gymnastics. Dang!

Love the idea of working in jazz and gospel. Sounds fun and cool and totally right for the occasion.

Here's our working music list:
Prelude: Verne Reynolds (1926-), Suite for Brass (Toccata - Arioso - March)
Procession: Victor Ewald (1860-1935), Music for Brass Instruments (Adagio - Allegro - Andante)
Psalm: Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904), Biblical Songs, Op. 99 No. 5 (I will sing to the Lord a new song), brass with soprano voice
Interlude: TBD, tentatively another movement by Reynolds or Ewald
Hymn: Karen Lafferty (1948-), Seek Ye First, bass voice a capella with congregation
Recession: TBD, tentatively Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654), Canzona Bergamasca, but looking for a 20th century alternative, such as Britten or Ives

Jennifer said...

I am trying to convince my Fi that along with our Dj, bagpiper and mariachi band that I need a trumpeter to announce me. He thinks I'm nuts.