Doing sound for Weddings is fun, I get to meet new people, wear nice shoes and no two weddings are the same. I like the not the same part, doing the same thing over and over again just bores me to death. Timing is very critical and I have to be resourceful also at times. Last weeks Wedding the was to be a piano player to play the wedding march song and he was a no show. Thank goodness for You Tube for guess where I came up with the piano version of that song on the fly. Hey, You Tube is great for sound effects also for the Beauty and the Beast play I was working sound on a couple of years ago. Timing is critical on most any event at a live show, be it a play, a concert, and weddings. This last Saturday I had two CDs, one was for the fill music as guest arrived, at 4:15 on the dot I played the first song on the second CD. I brought with me a CD player and my puter so that there would be no transition time between the songs. Being a live audio engineer I do not posses the super cool Pioneer DJ rig, I spent that money on a guitar. So track one was for the groom and every one before the Bride. Once the last little flower girl got in her seat, and she did it without crying this time. Poor girl got scared at rehearsal, little ones are so cute. So track two is for the bride and I have the timing down on that to a tee. 20 minutes later when the couple takes communion I gently play a song for that on track three. So then I set the CD player on track 4 and let it play with out it going out to the speakers, that is I muted the channel. I let the song play about 10 seconds into it and pause it. The bride wanted the song blasting just after they are announced to the world for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. And so the magic moment arrives, they are holding each others hand just after the groom kissed his new bride. The pastor then announces them and I blast the music. Everyone is clapping and cheering and the room is loud. And a good thing to, the CD player decided to go back to track one and that was the song I was trying to blast. I caught it because I know the song on track four by heart so I gently reduce the volume and get that back on track four and playing. By now the newly weds are still trying to get through the mob and the clapping and cheering calm down just as the song becomes noticeable in the room. What great timing that was. I felt like I had just drag raced the fastest car in the world to pull that off. No one had a clue that the wrong song was trying to play. I am at best buy standing in line writing this on my ipad with a new CD player in the shopping cart. wedding

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