Mike and Rob Wedding Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Reception

We had a wonderful time providing wedding ceremony and reception music for Mike and Robert at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.

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It was an honor to sing their special request, “Prayer of St. Francis” by Alan Pote. We arranged the choral piece to be a solo especially for their ceremony. The ballroom ceremony was touching. I also sang “The Lord’s Prayer” and JJ played “Canon in D” for the processional and “Ode to Joy” for the recessional.

We then moved our portable piano and small PA to the pre-function area for the cocktail hour.  It was nice and sunny in the area we were at.

We then provided dinner music in the Wabasha room. We played jazz, light pop, Broadway, and took some requests. It was a lot of fun. The Mystic Lake staff was very helpful and their dinner they provided there was delicious!

Congratulations Mike and Rob!  Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day.

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Music in Memory Care

We had a great time earlier this month performing classic jazz standards and songs from the Great American Songbook for seniors in memory care at The Waters in Edina.

Jazz Duo at The WatersWe received a wonderful thank you from the client

“Thank you so very much for a wonderful concert!  My mother and father talked about it yesterday and again this morning – and both have mild dementia and memory loss – so you made quite an impact.  Your gift of music was loved by all. BRAVO!”

As well as a terrific review on the BBB website

“I recently hired Diane Martinson and her piano player, JJ to play at The Waters of Edina, a Senior Assisted Living facility where my mother and father live. The music they played exceeded expectations – WOW! We were all toe tapping and singing along to the wonderful music of the Great American Songbook. Diane was easy to work with, on time and most of all, she delighted everyone with her fabulous voice and charming presence!”

We are very grateful for the opportunity to perform our music for senior audiences and feel the joy we all share with the power of music.  We’re glad that we’ve been invited back in two months.

Music: Set the Emotional Tone for Your Wedding Ceremony

Music is the surest way to create lasting memories of your wedding ceremony in the hearts and minds of your friends and family.  Consider the following three elements when setting the emotional tone of your ceremony with music.

1. Emotional peak moments

In general, the most emotional moments have a musical presence.  The processional entrance of the bride and groom, the couple’s song, a unity candle lighting or rose exchange with the family, and the recessional exit of the married couple.  These are the highlights where music is felt most deeply.

If you’re using music only for the processional and recessional you may be missing opportunities to enhance other meaningful moments.

2. Music that fits you as a couple

couple singer ceremonyPick a vocal song that has a special meaning for the two of you.  This is a chance to share with your guests who you are as a couple.  This song usually appears early in the ceremony, after the readings.  Other possibilities are after the ring exchange or as a vocal prelude before the processional.

Most couples report that their wedding day goes by so fast like a blur.  The vocal solo is a chance for the two of you to be in the moment and take in all of the love and support in the room.

Music sets the tone throughout your ceremony.  The music you select may be calming and peaceful or it may be energetic and vibrant.  Whether the music has one overall feel or is a combination, your music professional will guide you in setting the placement of your music selections to create lasting memories.

3. The impact of live music

Live music has both the advantage of an engaging visual experience and creating a romantic atmosphere.  A live performance is a special treat that you and your guests will remember.

Engagement Season 2015

I’m really enjoying talking with the newly engaged brides and grooms.  Couples are gathering a lot of ideas and information at all of the wedding fairs and shows, and reaching out for musical guidance.

I’m prompted to create an upcoming post that talks about setting the tone of your wedding ceremony with music.  In it I will share tips on what to consider when planning your wedding music.

You’ll find my vocalist listing in Minnesota Bride Magazine.  Be sure to check out their Look of Love wedding showcase on February 22nd at the Westin in Edina.

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Jazz for Thanksgiving Luncheon

pictures from the stage

pictures from the stage

The Diane Martinson Swing Jazz Quintet was well received at Bloomington’s Creekside Community Center luncheon.  It was fun to see so many people singing along to hit jazz standard songs.  They were familiar with the songs made popular by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and the Andrew Sisters, as well as the Glen Miller band tunes.

It was a packed room for a Thanksgiving celebration and we appreciated the warm reception.

Special Request Music for Jazz Duo

The Newport Masonic Lodge in St. Paul Park asked for some special music for their 100 year anniversary celebration.  We were thrilled to honor their request with songs from 1914 through the 30’s.  It is fun for us to play these older hits, and the guests enjoyed the chance to hear the songs performed live.

Here is our duo’s rendition of a trio version of a big band hit – Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, from an iPad (too bad it turned out blurry).  During the social hour we had a cozy corner in the main room of the 2 story lodge.  We really enjoyed how responsive the audience was that evening.