Gamers and Anime
At last year’s Disneyland Hotel bridal show I met a very creative couple who, working in the on-line gaming industry as beta-testers were interested in having music from Final Fantasy for their wedding. Unknown to them their creativity and willingness to “think outside the box” helped another wedding…
Choices and Decision
I noticed that something was wrong as I was talking with a particular bride about music for her wedding in Palm Desert. She didn’t seem excited but rather detached about her whole wedding almost like “it wasn’t her wedding.” She said in a rather resigned tone that “she was going to let her wedding coordinator, just pick something… probably the traditional?…” This went on for several weeks and she seemed disinterested or rather unable to commit to an idea of her own. This just didn’t seem right to me so I persisted in finding out what music she might be interested in.
Composing and Arranging for String Quartet
In speaking with her further I told her about the creative couple who had given me several pieces from “Final Fantasy” to arrange for Quartet for their wedding processionals at the Disneyland Hotel. This jogged something. She didn’t know this was possible and became interested. Though we had never met and only had corresponded by e-mail and spoken together by phone I felt like she was really there listening!
I mentioned that it is customary to have several pieces of music for the wedding processional; that “the parents” would get their own song and “the bridesmaids” would get their own song and that she “the bride” would certainly have her own song. This seemed to be a new concept; it never occurred to her to have other music; like she would be made wrong to choose anything other than “the traditional.” She said that her fiance was into playing a game on line called Halo 3. Then she told me that she and her mom were big fans of Japanese Anime films. She clarified with me, “you mean I can have anything?”
You mean I can have anything?
Encouraged, she said she had to think about it. About 20 minutes later I got an e-mail entitled “I had an epiphany!” In this e-mail she was very excited and described these Japanese Anime themes: Young Man From The East from Princess Mononoke and The Encounter from Princess Mononoke by composer Joe Hisaishi. She then e-mailed me a link to “Behold a Pale Horse, theme from Halo 3 saying that her fiance was thrilled that he could walk in to the theme from Halo 3.
Suddenly it was “her wedding ceremony” and she was creating it from “her viewpoint.” This enthusiasm spilled over into other parts of the wedding. In planning Dance Music as her DJ it went from, “…oh well no one is going to dance” to planning a full on dance party with many requests.
About 2 days later her wedding coordinator called me up and asked “What did you tell that bride? I have had a hell of a time getting her to make decisions about what she wants for her wedding but now she’s on fire! She suddenly has an opinion about her flowers, centerpieces and linen! ”
Sincerely, Eric Zimmermann, DJ/Master of Ceremonies, Pianist and Band Leader. Elegant Music 3190 Crestford Drive, Altadena, CA. 91001. Phone: 626-797-1795