New wedding and gig repertoire

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    rosemarie donatelli on #207202

    Hello fellow harpists! I have been playing the harp for quite some time for weddings and other background music events. I play all of the standard wedding tunes. I would however like to enrich and liven my popular selections. What current/ popular songs do you play and did you make the arrangements yourself from piano music? Thanks in advance for your help!!

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    JackieHarpFan on #207394

    I can add one song to your list. My daughter recently played at her cousin’s wedding and the bride’s only special request was for, “The River Flows In You”. My daughter played a simple but lovely arrangement by Sylvia Woods.

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    myka on #208043

    Learn “a thousand years” by Christina Perry. I arrainged to for my sister’s wedding a year ago, and haven’t regretted it since. It’s very popular as a professional and can be played on either pedal or lever harp.

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    balfour-knight on #209922

    “Clocks” by Coldplay was recently requested as “the groom’s favorite” at a wedding I did a couple of weeks ago. I learned it by ear and did a peppy rendition of it at the appropriate time. The groom and his men loved it!

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    emma-graham on #211847

    1000 years is by FAR my most requested song for weddings so definately add that one. This year I’ve had the biggest response from guests when I’ve played the theme from Game of Thrones. I’ve never seen a single episode but people love it. One guest even held his phone next to me and recorded it (without saying a word!)
    My favourite request of the year though was “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath. Hours of fun!

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    balfour-knight on #212206

    I agree with 1000 Years! I have used that one for most of the outdoor weddings I have played this entire year. Two others that always seem good are the theme song from Somewhere In Time and the Eighteenth Variation by Rachmaninoff that was also used often in the movie. In a recent conversation I had with Angi Bemiss, Simply the Harp productions in Atlanta, GA, she affirmed this about the continued popularity of the two songs/pieces from Somewhere In Time. She and I have published simple harp arrangements of these two which can also be used as “fake book” versions for those of you who can add and improvise. Contact her if you are interested!

    Best to all of you,
    Balfour

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