Wednesday, 31 March 2010

If Music Be The Food of Love

People often ask me if I know a good pianist for their wedding and until now, I had to say I didn't.

But at Sharon & David's wedding at One Royal Circus on Saturday evening, I met Michael Kelly, aka The Wedding Pianist, who used Mike Gordon's baby grand piano to knock out a couple of great songs including Van Morrison's "Have I told you lately that I love you?"

It was a very intimate wedding with only eight guests, so I took the opportunity to hang out for a while afterwards, enjoy a glass or two of very good champagne and listen to him play.

Every time I see a grand piano, for some reason, the soundtrack to "Film 90-whatever-year-it-was, with Barry Norman" comes to mind, but I can never remember the title of the piece. Not only did Michael play it, he very kindly sent me a link to two versions online. One is by Nina Simone, but I prefer this instrumental by its composer, Billy Gaskin. It's called, "I wish I knew how it would feel to be free", and it goes like this...  

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