My sister and I were practicing background music for our grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary party, and she flipped one page too many. Suddenly we were playing "Grace Greater Than All our Sin."

Which brought on unquenchable laughter, and the question: what songs should never be sung at a wedding/anniversary?

Reminds me of that scene in Richard Peck's A Season of Gifts, the shotgun wedding on Christmas day, with the bride obviously pregnant, and the choir singing "Joy to the World," and the narrator observing that a more appropriate selection might have been, "Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming" or "For Unto Us a Child is Born."

The final cut for our grandparents' party includes one precarious choice: "The Merry Widow." It's a lovely classical piece that I refuse to omit--I just hope no one recognizes the tune. Although, on second thought, if they know enough about music to put a name to the notes, they'll appreciate the joke, and will chuckle as they shake their heads at such mischievous grandchildren.


hopeinbrazil said...

Very funny post. I haven't kept up with other book bloggers for many months so it was nice to read some of your posts that I missed.

S. Mehrens said...

LOL. That's great. And seriously, I've read enough about The Merry Widow walz from The Betsy-Tacy books, I NEED to hear it.

CLM said...

The Merry Widow waltz is important in Betsy-Tacy but plays a critical role in another fabulous series, the Williamsburg Novels by Elswyth Thane. Book one is Dawn's Early Light, set just prior to the Revolutionary War. Interestingly, that first book is very popular with men but the rest of the series is more targeted to women readers. Thane is also well known for the book, Tryst (check the Amazon reviews).