Why I Now Care About The Royal WeddingPosted: November 17, 2010
Yesterday, those of us in North America woke up to the news that Prince William of England will be marrying Kate Middleton. As I went through my day, many of my friends and co-workers approached me for my opinion on this news. Why? I’m not sure. It was a little odd. My answer was predictable – I don’t care.
As the day went on, my answer changed. Why? Because I was called and asked to sing at the wedding.
Why is a really reasonable question, if you don’t know me. People who do would tell you that I have a very powerful voice. I am capable of filling a large cathedral with my vocal stylings, without the need for artificial amplification.
I don’t feel constrained by the traditional musical notes, A through G. Some of my friends have heard me sing notes as high as M flat, and as low as 5. Yes, my vocal range extends down into the numbers!
I am the obvious choice for this gig.
There Was The Matter Of Money
When Queen Elizabeth called, I was surprised. I have gone to such great lengths to keep her from getting my number.
So there we were on the phone, with The Queen asking me to sing at her Grandson’s wedding. Naturally, we had to discuss my fees and expenses. I assumed the bride’s family would be writing me a check. The Queen let me know that was not the case. “Dude, seriously, I’m like…The Queen”, she told me, “everyone knows I pick up the tab when I party”
That Leaves One Unanswered Question
With the money issue behind us, all that was left was the selection of music. I asked Queen Elizabeth if there was a particular piece of music she or the wedding couple would want me to prepare for my performance.
The Queen’s answer was direct – “O, I think you know your musical gift better than anyone. I want you to pick a couple of songs you like and just do what you do on the big day.”
Hearing something like this from the Queen was very flattering, but it does come with a bit of pressure attached. Just “pick a couple of songs”? That’s it? Come on, Your Highness, help a brother out!
I’m in trouble here. I need everyone’s suggestions. What song or songs do you want to hear me sing at the big royal wedding? The Queen left it up to me, I’m leaving it up to you!
Remember, this is important to me, even though I used to not care at all.
My first thoughts are Whiter Shade of Pale (that organ solo on a cathedral organ makes it a no brainer) and Can’t Touch This.
- Prince William and Kate Middleton Get Engaged (seattlepi.com)