30-Day Song Challenge, Day 23 - A Song that You Want to Play at Your Wedding
“This Night” by Billy Joel, from the Innocent Man album, was “our song” when my husband and I were dating, so I always figured we would have that at our wedding. Well, times were kinda tight since my parents had just footed the bill for my college education, and I didn’t want them to have to shell out for a lavish wedding in addition. As a matter of fact, I bought the dress myself, and fortunately my niece, Jessica, a cheerful 9-year-old, didn’t mind wearing her same flower girl’s dress from my sister’s recent wedding.
Clearly, we weren’t going to be able to book a ballroom and a DJ for a dancing reception--we ended up with a very nice, albeit small, banquet room and one guy that sat in the corner playing background music on an electric keyboard--but I was heartened to find out that Billy Joel actually based the melody for the chorus of “This Night” on a classical piece by Beethoven! If we could figure out which composition it was and find sheet music for it, we might be able have the organist play it at the actual wedding.
Long story short, we didn’t, and she didn’t, but it’s not like my wedding was RUINED—life’s too short to be a Bridezilla, you know? But years later, I bought a boxed set of classical music, and there it was: Beethoven’s Sonata Pathétique. We’re still kind of cheap, but maybe we will shell out for a DJ--or classical pianist--for our 25th wedding anniversary!
Here's the last one, in case you missed it!
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