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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

6 Hair-Razing Music Themes For Your Gothic Wedding Cocktail Hour


It is two minutes to midnight and The Right Reverend Dr. Toowillager has just found out that not only does he have to play the wedding ceremony music, but his “5000 Finger Concerto” that was to be performed by his star virtuoso pupil, Bartholomew Covington, has now been canceled due to hardening of old bubble gum in his braces and he has been rushed to Black Cat In The Hat Emergency.

Is the bride and groom panicking? No, not at all.

They have all the confidence in The Right Reverend Dr. Toowilleger because he is a master of performing the most memorable, heartfelt feelings and celebrations that all brides want . He has the chops to do it himself if need be. But most of all, because he has in his Ipod, his workbook called, “A Thousand And One Hair-Razing Themes for Gothic Weddings.”

But, thank goodness he has the 6 most commonly asked musical themes for the Gothic Wedding Cocktail Hour Reception. And they are the following:

  1. The Candelabra Theme
  2. The Shadows Theme
  3. The Organ Loft Theme
  4. The Whispering Willow Theme
  5. The Atop The Highest Mountain Theme
  6. The Dungeon Theme

The first theme, “The Candelabra Theme” is music for the Gothic Wedding Cocktail Hour that best feels intimate, illuminating, and dedicated. The music carries both bride and groom past the mundane rituals of weddings to their next heaven of life together.

“The Shadows Theme” is a music of enormous sensitivity that alludes, implies, foretells, remembers. It is music that places those special feelings of each other in that special place in the heart. Your cocktail hour guests will remember their own special moments that left or is leaving a lasting appeal of love and tenderness.

Our favorite is the thunderous, proclaiming quality of “The Organ Loft Theme.” Here, as J.S. Bach has written many times about his own compositions and works, are songs solely dedicated unto God. And it is this dedication that some of the worlds best organ music, especially of Gothic sensitiveness, has captured the hearts and imaginations of the world. This music theme should be about the newlywed's dedication unto each other.

The chorusing hallowed fourth music theme is “The Whispering Willow Theme.” Here the nuptial promises are performed as sanctified, they portray the soft yet strong love that both future husband and wife are expressing to one another in this public forum. And it is this theme that flows into any situation whether inclement or bright. These are memorable songs that feels embracing love all around.

The fifth element wedding cocktail hour theme is, “The Atop The Highest Mountain Theme.” This perfect musical performed by your thematic Wedding Cocktail Hour Guitarist says it all. The assuring groom knows that, “With my love, no mountain is too high to climb.” The iconic bride sees that , “My husband just has to hold my hand, and I can see across the altitude of the heavens and into the deepest fathoms of the sea with no fear, but all confidence.” These musical feelings are songs most altitudinal.

The final musical thematic Hair-Razing Gothic Wedding Cocktail Hour feeling is, “The Dungeon Theme.” Are these songs of captivity? No, these are songs that evokes escape, freedom, liberty, victory. If the bride could say one thing about her groom it would be that, “He brings to me a greater life of independence, strength and spirit.” These musical themes are loud, proud, and all about her liberation into covenant love.” This is her day that she has been waiting for all her life. And his love, is the key.

The Gothic romance, the epic conquering, the momentous campaign marches into a new life together is your Best Gothic Wedding Cocktail Hour Music Themes.

The Gothic forest valleys are leading the brides in assurance and strength past life's peaks of ice and snow.

What is your favorite Gothic Wedding music theme?

Are there romantic medieval themes you would like to see in the Wedding Cocktail Hour?

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

7 Cocktail Hour Music Ideas For Your Harvest Romance Wedding Inspired From Stevenson

As the harvest yields up its fruit and the earth rejoices, so too do hearts yield up their love and the bride and groom rejoices.

Its the beginning of Fall and as everyone travels out and about there are pumpkins comforted here and there in their lounge of hay. Rainbow corn are starred above the wares of merchants. And the air is whisked with the smell of spiced scented apples and cinnamon; and somehow through all the crowds at the local shops and markets, everyone is sensing something magical in the air.

That magic can be found at the nearest wedding occurring this time of the year. Especially when the new love-hearts are in that celebration time known as the Wedding Cocktail Hour.

It is romance at its fullest.

And with the help of poet Robert Louis Stevenson and your Wedding Cocktail Hour Guitarist Johnny Gonzales its time to find inspiring and romantic wedding ideas.


I will make you brooches and toys for your delight

Of bird-song at morning and star-shine at night.

I will make a palace fit for you and me,

Of green days in forests and blue days at sea.

I will make my kitchen, and you shall keep your room,

Where white flows the river and bright blows the broom,

And you shall wash your linen and keep your body white

In rainfall at morning and dewfall at night.

And this shall be for music when no one else is near,

The fine song for singing, the rare song to hear!

That only I remember, that only you admire,

Of the broad road that stretches and the roadside fire.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

Mr. Stevenson captures a rare glimpse into the exquisite expression of romance. How can this be expressed musically? How can we create it in the wedding cocktail hour? Let us venture deeper into the poetic artistry of romance in the wedding celebration.

My first inspiration from Mr. Stevenson is from his thought “I will make brooches and toys for your delight.” When a gifting is created and bestowed upon a loved one it holds a very significant meaning. The same special significance is best musically expressed with an original song; perhaps even written by the spouse, or the wedding cocktail hour entertainer. This song could then be performed and accompanied by your wedding cocktail hour entertainer. Whether it is just a short playful song or some serious music to be played as background to spoken words, it will always be beloved and significant.

A second inspired music device comes from “bird-song at morning and star-shine at night” Yes, the love birds have their song. This is always that song that holds a special sensation, usually for both spouses, but especially for one. Whether it is a song from their childhood, or from the moment they first meet. They will always remember their bird-song in morning and star-shine at night.

A third Stevenson Romance device is inspired by “I will make a palace fit for you and me” A future home for a Queen. Yes, the bride is a Queen. And for every Queen she needs to know he has a special place for her to reign in. After all it could be a simple musical tune from a prince charming point of view or just a song with a King building the castle for his Queen. Sometimes the best scenic songs are from Broadway or other musicals, whether stage or the silver screen. Pick the musical expressive style that she will always remember as the Queen.

Robert L. Stevenson's fourth wedding inspired device is when he writes “I will make my kitchen and you shall keep your room” The builder and the designer, together forging their future is a great poetic alliteration to create from. A lyrical or music device can be songs with “we can build it together” or “this will be our house.” What a future their love is going build!

The fifth Stevenson inspiration is “And you shall wash your linen and keep your body white” Here we have her portrait of beauty with the compliment of her inner beauty. This theme is a song all its own and can only be described as her pure essence of light. Songs that allude to “how her light is a guide for my love” or “the purity of her love” is a wonderful music idea that can be retrieved from other songs.

Stevenson's sixth literary idea for the wedding cocktail hour is “And this shall be for music when no one else is near” Their love is melodic and intimate. It can be described as a private entry code where only the two of them make harmonious music. “You have the key to my heart” music themes and other personal themed songs are perfect for this poetic line.

And for the final seventh idea, it is “Of the broad road that stretches and the roadside fire” is expressed musically as our love is panoramic and fully warming. Just as a wide expanse of beautiful Fall tree colors can become breathtaking it can also warm each others spirit. Songs used here would be metaphoric ideas comparing depth and fire, or oceans and sun.

When romance and magic meet, it is in its natural domain in the October Harvest Fall Wedding.

What other October November romance wedding ideas do you have?

What are your October November favorites?

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

5 Autumn Wedding Cocktail Hour Song Ideas From Poet John Keats

You can always find inspiration for weddings from the great poets. Here are some ideas to inspire your Autumn wedding experience from the genius poet, John Keats.

Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

Conspiring with him how to load and bless

With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;

To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,

And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;

To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells

With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,

And still more, later flowers for the bees,

Until they think warm days will never cease,

For Summer has o'er-brimmed their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?

Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find

Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,

Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;

Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,

Drows'd with the fume of poppies, while thy hook

Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:

And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep

Steady thy laden head across the brook;

Or by a cider-press, with patient look,

Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?

Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,

While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,

And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;

Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn

Among the river shallows, borne aloft

Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;

And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;

Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft

The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;

And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.”

taken from the poem “To Autumn” by John Keats

There is only one great poet named John Keats; as so, there will only be one great event in your life and that is your wedding,

We can create as we aspire to achieve a poetic essence in your wedding event. Specifically, autumnal poetic-ism to fill the musical senses during the wedding cocktail hour.

Keats is inventive in writing,

Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness...

fill all fruit with ripeness to the core.”

First off, a wonderful musical approach to this poetic precept would be with soft and mellow songs alluding to the ripeness, or the choice timing of the nuptial couples eternal love. An instrumental orchestrated-jazz theme would be a nice background while in the foreground a lyrical melody evokes that “our” moment is now, “our” time, at this very second, is right. When a couples love has matured, let us sing of its beautiful timing.

Secondly, Keats scribes,

To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells

With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,

And still more, later flowers for the bees,

Until they think warm days will never cease,”

Now, so as Autumn grows with the ripeness and bloom and nectar of the season, it is the same fruition of the wedding couples endless love. For your wedding cocktail hour, a performance of songs with that same passion evoking overflowing perpetual love is correct. A continuity of blossoming love in their future family can also be evident and expressed in song. A roaring river of love cresting pass the rocky shores of life cannot stop this love. There are many songs with this theme and should be easy to create and personalize for the wedding cocktail hour.

Third, the natural ability of storing the precious and dearest things to ones heart emerges from Keats when he pens,

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?

Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find

Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,

Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind

Drows'd with the fume of poppies, while thy hook

Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:

And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep

Steady thy laden head across the brook;

Or by a cider-press, with patient look,

Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.”

As the law of nature is true, so to is the natural law of storing and keeping; in this sense, the selecting and cherishing of the most precious things encompassing the jubilant couple's love. As with the autumn seasons, this time of the year finds many a person selecting and holding for future seasons. The same can be applied to weddings. A sense of seeing two people treasuring each others most precious gifting reflecting their love in all delicacy and eloquence for the future seasons is all-natural. And it is this attention to loves deepest details for one another which can be applied musically. Songs with themes depicting “we are made for each other” are your best choice. Some more themes include lyrical songs like “never losing sight of the important things” or songs that reveal how “the little things magically add up to our love.”

The fourth Autumnal wedding visage comes from the line,

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?

Think not of them, thou hast thy music too.

The musical theme here is that their love is lacking nothing. The couple has everything in place. As they begin this new season together they have nothing to fear about tomorrow for they are equipped. If there was any doubt about the journey in front of them it was left far behind as their hearts said yes to one another. They are making beautiful music together and their wedding cocktail hour is that perfect moment to share that feeling. A musical feel can be lyrical songs with themes such as “our love is complete” and “you are everything to me.” Its time to hear the love of their heart.

The final musical idea is based on Keats poetic scenery. The couples surroundings sing, and paint, and harmonize perfectly with the love they share with each other. Keats canvasses artistically when he says,

Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft

The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;

And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.”

The married couple's new Season of Love is moving naturally and perfect as the seasons of the year move from summer to Autumn. Unison is the air that the future holds for both bride and groom. When all the colors of Autumn are in sync and all the smells of Fall are together with their hearts decor and when the tastes of the fruit of their love is in brimful maturity then these are the covenants of Autumnal love. This is Keats' Autumn of Love. These are the musical reflections for your Autumn Wedding Cocktail Hour of Love.

Are there other Keats inspirations of the Fall that you see with your Fall wedding?

What is your favorite Keats poetic device for Autumn?

Johnny Gonzales —

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

5 Fall Wedding Cocktail Hour Music Ideas Inspired By Edgar Allan Poe

"Hear the mellow wedding bells-

Golden Bells!

What a world of happiness their harmony foretells!

Through the balmy air of night

How they ring out their delight!-

From the molten-golden notes,

And all in tune,

What a liquid ditty floats

To the turtle-dove that listens, while she gloats

On the moon!

Oh, from out the sounding cells,

What a gush of euphony voluminously wells!

How it swells!

How it dwells

Oh the future!- how it tells

Of the rapture that impels

To the swinging and the ringing

Of the bells, bells, bells-

Of the bells, bells, bells, bells,

Bells, bells, bells-

To the rhyming and the chiming of the bells!"

excerpt taken from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Bells"

Once, a long, long time ago there was always a public notice that a wedding was underway and had began its celebration, signaled by the ringing of the bells.

Today's modern Fall wedding couples should take careful note of that; remember this is a once in a lifetime event (OIALE).

Though the placement of their wedding may inhibit say, "the rhyming and chiming of the bells" in the steeple of their church, they can still explore other alternatives to publicly announce that their wedding is underway. This is the first idea from Poe's poem.

During the wedding cocktail hour have your wedding cocktail entertainer incorporate the sound of bells ringing into their music. You may even consider hiring a bell choir or have your wedding cocktail hour entertainer announce the beginning or endings of their songs or just the beginning or just the ending of their musical set with a recording of some bells.

A second idea inspired by Poe is the use of the physical appearance of "golden bells". It is symbiotic to have the stage area that your wedding entertainer is performing placed with bells in or around them. Symbiotic in the sense that they are visually and harmoniously joining in the announcement of the wedding couples joy.

Joy, our third idea. "To the turtle-dove that listens, while she gloats on the moon! Although the turtle-dove is commonly recognized only at Christmas time, here, Poe uses the symbolism of affectionate assurance of the dove as she admiringly looks from her perched moon. We often recall the depiction of two birds in front of the moon close together. A really neat idea could be created, especially in regards to the Harvest moon, by performing a song or two about love and the moon. There are a few older, classic songs that has a catchy melody of love based around or about the moon. There may even be a modern contemporary song with that appeal or feel that can be performed. Affectionate love together gazing into the moon.

Fourthly, "euphony". Alluded by Poe as a sweet swelling of different sounds so pleasing to the ear. That melodious combination of sounds can be absolutely anything your wedding cocktail hour entertainer can create. From the sounds of soft spoken words intermingled with conversational stylistic timbres of music; this effect can be memorable if done correctly.

And finally, that once in a lifetime rapture (OIALR) of the wedding. The big climax of the wedding cocktail hour is the perfect time to unitarially have all the wedding cocktail hour join in a proclamation to the newlyweds. With your Wedding Cocktail Hour entertainer, how about a play along with the attendees either vocally with a song or musically by easy dinnerware percussive instruments or musical party favors. The idea is that everyone is swelling to extreme jubilance. As Poe pens, "How it swells! How it dwells Oh the future!- how it tells Of the rapture that impels".

May the love of the newlyweds live long and grow.

Is there any idea you would like to create into something a little bit different from these ideas?

How many bells are you ready to ring at your next wedding?

Johnny Gonzales - Wedding Cocktail Hour Guitarist

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Harvest Fall Wedding - An Ingathering of Musical Ideas For The Wedding Cocktail Hour Guitarist

Believe it or not Fall weddings are totally in and totally hip.

No longer is it only attributed to rural Americana but its shades of colors, taste, smell and texture is now cool metroburbia.

With the recent blood red moons inaugurating the 2015 Fall season many colorful influences of the autumnal season are associated with Fall weddings. These Fall weddings can also be associated with the traditional celebrations of antiquity such as what is commonly known as Ingathering or Harvest Home.

Celebrating the endtime harvest with singing, shouting, dancing and elaborate bough decorations of their bounty, the participants of this celebration were thankful for the fruit of their labors and looked forward to the next springtime season. So too, are todays Fall wedding couples thankful for the fruitful relationship they have shared and are thus moving forward into their next loving season together.

These new seasonal Harvest celebrations are musically associated by many traditional and non traditional ideas. Contemporary musical arrangements can capture the feel of the celebratory bounty of love and still evoke a modern appeal to the nuptial couple. If the couple has a favorite song ask your Wedding Cocktail Hour entertainer if they can do a woodtone variation or add a windy wissful stroll-like feel to your song. If you have some audio or video recordings that could be used as examples then pass them along to your Wedding Cocktail Hour entertainer as a guide. Ask your entertainer if you can listen to a recording of their musical ideas just in case you may have some other examples to help them along the way.

Falling in love in Fall is joyous, invigorating and fulfilling. There is no limit to your Fall Harvest Wedding having the best inspiring flavors of the season.

Percy B. Shelley inspires autumnal essence when he pens, "Ode To The West Wind"

"O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn's being,

Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead

Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing,

Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red,

Pestilence-stricken multitudes: O thou,

Who chariotest to their dark wintry bed...

...Drive my dead thoughts over the universe

Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth!

And, by the incantation of this verse,

Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth

Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!

Be through my lips to unawakened earth

The trumpet of prophecy! O, wind

If Winter comes, can spring be far behind?"


Joy be unto you Fall Harvest Wedding Couples!

Is your upcoming Fall wedding cocktail hour music in need of some special Harvest Moon arrangements?

Do you have any movie songs or music of the Fall season that you would like to have at your wedding?

Johnny Gonzales - The Wedding Cocktail Hour Guitarist


Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Gothic Hallows Eve Wedding Cocktail Hour - Halloween Weddings

There is love in Halloween.
Not just love for the macabre or the current B-movie gore flick, but love eternal in the shadowy moonlit night of each other’s arms.
I ask you, was it Gomez Addams that swept Morticia out of her deep crypt or was it the dark endless unrest they saw in each other’s eyes that compelled them to entomb their love forever?
Perhaps it is the same question and answer that assures most couples today that choose to cross the nuptial abyss on Hallows Eve.
I believe it is the tell-tale heartbeat love from the harvest moon.
There is no uneasiness of the eerie coincidences that lead to their encounter or any shocking eye opening ghoulish features of each other’s future in-laws.
As like other dark romances portrayed in theatrical presentations such as The Phantom of The Opera, or the nuptial reanimations of Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein, Halloween weddings are true to the warm red blood of this body that enshrines our soul. So during this celebration let us convey wedding cocktail hour music that soothes the savage beast.
Many gothicesque type of music can easily be rendered and performed appropriately and timely by any Wedding Cocktail Hour entertainer.
Will you offer the best apparitions of romantic music at your upcoming Halloween Wedding?
What music do you think Edgar Alan Poe would like to accompany him as he gave the Wedding Cocktail Hour toast?
Johnny Gonzales - The Wedding Cocktail Hour Guitarist

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Play It Again, Johnny - As Time Goes By In The Wedding Cocktail Hour

What are the most requested songs in the Wedding Cocktail Hour?

Would a modern pop song from todays top Country, Rock or Pop artist or group be the most requested song to be played in the wedding cocktail hour?

Or is there a classic song from another genre, from another time, that would be requested?

It depends on the couple.

Either style could be highly requested, but I also believe its a matter of timing.

When the cake is being cut and fruit drinks are being shared, a light, bouyant uplifting song is usually the best at that time of the wedding celebration. It can be any style by any artist that the wedding couple requests.

If the couple has a special song to be played it should be about a matter of timing.

Sometimes "Friends in Low Places" would probably be best played toward the end of the dance portion of the celebration by your Top 40 Dance band as opposed to during the time of the Wedding Cocktail Hour.

Share your ideas with your entertainer and look at the timing of the wedding celebration and then plan appropriately.

Play it again Johnny...right know the song...As Time Goes By; you just may find the best songs are just a matter of timing.

What is your favorite song and when do you think it should be performed?

Johnny Gonzales - The Wedding Cocktail Hour Guitarist -

Monday, October 5, 2015

An Intimate Wedding Cocktail For Two

An Intimate Wedding Cocktail For Two

Pre-libation parties are "in" and so the pre-celebrations with family and friends could be the perfect reason to escape with your truly beloved before you begin your wedding day activities.

If there is an out of the way cafe restaurant or if weather permitting a garden park nearby then the place for you and your loved one can only be described as bliss.

When after all of the planning and organization, and when the evening before the wedding as "singles" just wore you out, then this quick time away could be the calm before the storm. It is after all only a few moments away and there could be some very deep affectionate thoughts and soul comforting that only confirms to each other that "yes", my love, you are the one.

A wedding cocktail for two could be anything from your shared favorite coffee to a fruity drink. It can even be a favorite food delicacy that is only known to one another. And to top it off, it is just the two of you. Just between a man and woman of each others dreams.

Yes, this is a perfect time to begin your wedding day with a wedding cocktail for two. And, if you need a wedding cameo highlight of lights, music, action! Then definitely have your wedding cocktail hour guitarist tucked away somewhere to play a light serenade just for the two of you.

Do you have a favorite out of the way place that the wedding couple can jot off to before the wedding day festivities begin?

Is it just around the corner from the chapel?

Johnny Gonzales - The Wedding Cocktail Hour Guitarist