4 Special Moments for a Personalized Song Part 1: Weddings
July 5, 2016
The tagline for Lyrical Memories is “transforming special moments into lasting memories through original music.” When I launched Lyrical Memories a few months ago, I was often immediately asked, “What are these special moments you’re referring to?”
First of all, you are only limited to your imagination as to how a personalized original song can be used to commemorate a key life event or special moment. Both before officially launching this company and since, I’ve had the opportunity now to be a part of multiple events where the gift of original music worked perfectly. Let me briefly describe the first of four special moments.
This event is such a natural for an original song and it can be presented in multiple ways. Let me start with who has been the most excited about this idea: the father of the bride. First of all the father and his daughter typically have a unique bond and he has been thinking a lot about this big day…his toast, his friends and family who will be there to help celebrate, and a lot of bittersweet thoughts about his daughter’s big day. That said, he is often on the sidelines of the planning of the event.
Mom and daughter are full of ideas and most of them hardly excite him, especially the cost! “We’re going to be spending how much on flowers that start to die the next day?!” Arguments he cannot win. He wants to do something special.
Sharing his thoughts about his daughter with a professional songwriter and surprising her at the reception with such a personalized song is such a home run! I have rarely seen the father and daughter not be in tears by the end of the song if not throughout it.
How and when it is presented is open to all kinds of options. It could be written and performed for the father-daughter dance. It can be presented separately at the reception with the father and/or mother introducing the background to the song to a very surprised bride and groom. Sometimes a moment at the rehearsal dinner is appropriate. I have also seen it used as the song over the backdrop of photos or movies of the bride as she grew up. A lot of the fun of this process is being creative about how you present it!
I’ve also seen it done live by the songwriter themselves, by a talented close friend of the family who has the voice and possibly the musical ability to take the song and perform it, the band already there learns and performs it, or a DJ hired simply plays the recorded version with the appropriate introduction. I can assure you the impact of this moment is often the highlight of the day.