Monday morning, Text message: “Song hit with explosive force. Succeeded beyond my wildest dreams! Tears everywhere. Details later.”
Tuesday morning, Text message: “Returning later this morning. Will send you a number of observations and crowd comments on the song. It drew an immense reaction from all quarters. No one expected it, so the surprise added to the emotional impact. Expression on Rachel’s face was worth millions. She wept, my wife’s five Fort Worth girlfriends wept. Linda was reeling and in tears.
Next text minutes later: BTW—in the restroom after the song, my sister overheard a woman say, “that’s the best thing I’ve ever seen at a wedding—ever!” I probably had a dozen people ask, “OMG! How did you do that?”
Next text minutes later: Two bridesmaids told me they were blown away, the song did them in. The next morning at the brunch the bridesmaid wept when she read the lyrics on the cd. OMG how satisfying!
Email later that day: After the Father of the Bride speech, I introduced the song by saying I had one more thing. No one had any idea what I was doing. I told the audience I had engaged a songwriter to frame my feelings about this wedding and my daughter in a song and to please listen to the lyrics. There were 134 people there under an outdoor canopy. When the song began and the first lyrics spoke personally to my daughter, my wife said she thought she was going to faint from the excitement and surprise. I watched my daughter’s face. She was incredulous and stunned. As the song moved through the lines, she walked up to me on the dance floor and we started to dance. She was nearly speechless but uttered: “Gee, Dad, you stole the show.”
The email continued: I got an email this morning from two good friends from London who are vocalists themselves and to whom I sent a copy of the song. They wrote, “Thank you for sharing this amazing song. Your dancing with your radiant daughter to this moving tribute ranks as one of the best wedding moments I have ever experienced.” By the way, I watched a video of this song being performed at the reception and enjoyed reliving the experience. As the song progressed we could see the bridesmaids wiping back tears.