Aloha from Maui!
I’ve been enjoying playing at some wonderful, even whimsical weddings here on Maui so far this month. Just this last weekend, I provided harp music for 2 different weddings in 2 different parts of the island of Maui. On Friday afternoon at 1 pm, I was playing at a luxury home in Ma’alaea. The couple made a special request of a song that was meaningful to them, “Across the Stars” from Episode 2 of Star Wars. Tho’ it’s unusual in that it’s in a minor key, it was actually quite lovely, even majestic, played when the groom and maids entered, and I’m happy for the opportunity to have to learn it. Then I transitioned into “Hymne” by Vangelis for the bride. NICE!
The colors for the flowers were exquisite–oranges, yellows, and the maids wore royal blue dresses. What a great combination for Maui! Blue water, vibrant sun colors…
This must be a new color fad, as the wedding next day at Royal Lahaina Resort in Ka’anapali had the oranges and yellows again. Because many of our tropical flowers are *not* these colors, roses and perhaps callas are tending to be the flower of choice…. Beautiful! I got to make elegant harp music with my favorite violinist, Don Lax, and we played lots of traditional wedding songs as the bride had requested the Traditional Processional, “Wedding Chorus” by Wagner, also commonly called “Here Comes the Bride.” 🙂 Because it’s not requested so much anymore, it actually sounds new again to us!