Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Last year, while attending a friend’s wedding, my wife and I were taken aback by the simplicity and beauty of the wedding’s cocktail hour entertainment. The ambiance for the event was set by a single wedding violinist that truly enhanced the occasion. While the music was fantastic, it never overwhelmed the guests that were enjoying drinks and casual conversation. In other receptions that we had attended in the past, full bands provided excellent music that was appropriate for the occasion, but the guests regularly had to raise their voices above the volume of the music. In this particular case, the soft music augmented the experience of having a few drinks and conversing with friends. After the cocktail hour, everyone was ready for a great dinner and the full ensemble’s performance for dancing and the real celebration.

I had never heard jazz music before my visit to New Orleans this past summer, so I never knew what I was missing. The upbeat tones, swinging melodies and, of course, that great sound of the saxophone player all come together to produce some of the most wonderful music I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.

A few friends and I had traveled down to New Orleans for a wedding, and decided to stay for a few days afterward to soak up the local culture. We spoke to some of the local business owners to get an idea of what we should do before heading back home. Each one of them had the same advice for us, check out the jazz festival a few miles away from our hotel. That was some of the best advice I’ve ever taken.