Saturday, May 14, 2011

Happy Anniversary to My Favourite Pianist

     You know the phrase "make beautiful music together?" Well, that's just what my husband and I have done practically since we met each other in 2001. Music was what actually brought us together so we could meet. I was a sophomore and he was a freshman. He didn't have a music theory book yet, so guess who had to share with him in class?  I was reluctant at first, but before I knew it we were collaborating to get our theory homework done, and a friendship blossomed from that.

     This is a picture from our ceremony. A composer friend of ours (Dan Hadik)wrote a special song for us. I took the melody and arranged it into a piano accompaniment and recorded it. My husband-to-be and I then recorded ourselves singing the song with the accompaniment. It was played while we lit our unity candle. (We thought we would be too emotional to sing it during the ceremony).
     As of today, we have enjoyed 6 years together, and one of the most fun things about our marriage is that we are both musical, and at the same level. Uniquely though, he has a strong eye and I have a strong ear, so we balance each other. We enjoy singing together and playing piano duets, and usually end up laughing hysterically when we practice duets. (We don't laugh hysterically when we perform them, though!) :)
     I gave my husband a fantastic arrangement of the theme song from Pirates of the Caribbean by Jarod Radnich. You can listen to and/or order the arrangement here, and they send you the download within 5 minutes. And you know what? For once I'm glad this arrangement is not a duet, because it would be CRAZY! 

9 comments:

Kate said...

Wow, I checked out that site, that arrangement is crazy!

Jennifer said...

Happy Anniversary! My husband also plays and also has a strong ear and I'm a strong reader. Works well. We enjoy playing duets but it's been awhile. We'll be celebrating our 20th in January. Time does fly. Wishing you many more anniversaries to celebrate with each other!

Leah said...

Kate, isn't it though? It's so fast!

Jennifer, thanks! It's neat to find another musical couple. :)

Wendy Chan said...

Congratulations Leah! you and your husband make such a beautiful couple! That's an amazing piece by Jarod Radnich, I'm sure your husband would really enjoy it, look forward to listening to his performance :)

Leah said...

Wendy, thanks for your kind comment. As for a performance, he's still in the practicing stage...it may take awhile to get it perfect like the expert! :)

Sarah said...

Happy Anniversary Leah! It sounds like you two have a wonderful time making music together.

Good luck to your husband on learning that song- I listened to the video a week or so ago when Natalie over at Music Matters Blog posted about it. It sounds incredible- and fun!

Leah said...

Sarah, yes, that's where I found out about it was from Natalie. My husband was happy to find it sitting on our piano last week. :)

Betsy said...

Happy Anniversary! It's our anniversary, too - 7 wonderful years. Although my hubby doesn't have a musical bone in his body and can barely carry a tune, he is a music lover and very supportive of my teaching and playing in our community.

Enjoy your day!

Leah said...

Thanks, Betsy, and Happy Anniversary to you too!