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6 Dec
A Few Wedding Requests

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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Mon,  6 Dec 99 02:08:57 -0800
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Subject: A Few Wedding Requests

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From: (Peter Schwimmer)
From: "Michael D. Gargano" <>
[Oh yes!  Been there, done that, got the T-shirt, but it shrank...  -psl]

Dear Bandleader:

   We look forward to your performance at our daughter's wedding.  If you
don't mind, we would like to request a few of our favorite songs. If you
could play these at some point during the reception, we'd be grateful:

   Any Keith Jarrett composition from his solo series.  Please arrange it
for full ensemble and nothing in 4/4 please.

   Mahavishnu Orchestra, "Dance of the Maya" and please have the guitarist
play John Mclaughlin's solo from the live performance Nov. 16, 1972  at
Chrysler Arena.  My wife and I were at that show and we particularly liked
his use of polyrhythms.  If you find it too difficult you can leave out the

   Any of John Coltrane's duets with Pharaoh Sanders.  I understand that
their use of atonality is not everyone's cup of tea, but all our guests love
high register tenor saxes.

   We thought a little Stravinsky right after the toast would be nice.  We
particularly like "The Rite of Spring."  If you want to use the sheet music
it's OK.  We like a tempo of about 1/4 note = 93.

   Then for the candle lighting ceremony, please play Frank Zappa's "The
Grand Wazoo."  If you want to play it in the original key of Bb, that would
be fine.  And my cousin Jeannie would like to sing the baritone sax solo,
though you  may have to play that part in another key - she has kind of a
high voice.

  When my daughter throws the garter, could you play just a little of
Varese's "Ionization."  It's such a funny piece, we think it would go over
real well.  Much better than "The Stripper."

  And for the Bride & Groom's first dance, please slow things down a bit by
doing  Barber's "Adagio For Strings." It's so much better than "We've Only
Just Begun" or the "Anniversary Waltz."

  When my wife and I join in the first dance, could you please segue to
Thelonius Monk's "Ruby, My Dear" - it's in honor of my wife's grandmother
whose name was Ruby.  It would mean so much to the family.

Thanks very much for all your help.  We'll certainly be happy to recommend
your band to all our friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Dilettante

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