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Effect of Music at a Wedding, a Party, even a Funeral

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Robbie Schlosser and friends in Minneapolis,  2012The effect of music at any special event is magical.

If you’re planning a wedding or a party, don’t overlook the magic of your music.

I see it all the time, and a recent experience reminded me again.

What magic?

Simple: Music helps people feel better.

Music guides our mood.  The effect of music can inspire, excite, or soothe us.  Whether we’re rejoicing at a wedding, celebrating at a party, or mourning at a funeral.

As you’ll see in these blog posts, most often my band helps people get happy at weddings and parties.  Occasionally we console people at memorial ceremonies.

We’re very good at providing the right music for every occasion, and our effectiveness depends largely on what music we play and how we play it.

We’ve found that choosing wisely creates the perfect music at every wedding.  Every party.  Though, of course, each event’s details are special and unique.

Let me explain “choosing wisely” with an example.  A sad story, but with a good ending.

Recently my wife and I traveled to Minneapolis to attend her mother’s funeral.  Bernie had been living with us nearly four years, and I’d grown very fond of her.

Bernie was a wonderful person, and her funeral was a very sad occasion for us.  We knew that music could comfort us and all of Bernie’s mourners.

So I brought my cornet.  For an hour preceding Bernie’s funeral Mass, I played familiar hymns as her friends and family gathered.  “Abide With Me”, “Precious Lord”, “Closer Walk With Thee”, and others.  Reassuring songs that everyone would recognize and love.

See the photo above.  I was joined by three of our good friends from the Twin Cities.  Left to right:  Robbie Schlosser, Henry Blackburn, Butch Thompson, and Dave McCurdy.

Our gentle, beautiful music brought peace and calm, filling the room as people chatted softly.

We created a quiet, sentimental mood that comforted everyone there.

It was magic.

So here’s a tip:  Planning music for a wedding, party, or any celebration?  Always give plenty of thought to selecting the best songs for the occasion and presenting them the best way.   You’ll get the magical effect of music.


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Posted by on January 13, 2013.

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