I thought some of you guys (and gals) who do this stuff regularly would enjoy this. It may have been around a while but I just got it this morning: Dear Band Leader, > >We look forward to your performance at our daughter's wedding. If you don't >mind, we would like to request a few of our favorite songs. Please play >these during the reception: > >A Keith Jarrett composition from his solo series. Please arrange it for full >ensemble in the key of B, but nothing in 4/4 please. > >Mahavishnu Orchestra, "Dance of the Maya" and please have the guitarist play >John McLaughlin's solo from the live performance Nov. 16, 1972 at the >Chrysler Arena. My wife and I were at that show and we liked his use of >polyrythms. > >One of John Coltrane's duets with Pharaoh Sanders. Our guests love high >register tenor saxes. > >We thought a little Stravinsky right after the toast would be nice. So >please play "The Rite of Spring". We like a tempo of about 1/4note=93 and >transpose it down three half steps-it will be so much more appropriate for >this occasion in the slightly lower register. > >Then for the candle lighting ceremony, please play Frank Zappa's "The Grand >Wazoo". The original key of Bb would be fine but my cousin Jeannie would >like to sing the baritone sax solo in the key of D-she has kind of a high >voice. When my new son-in-law takes off the garter, please just a little of >Varese's "Ionization". It's such a funny piece, we think it would go over >really well. Much better than "The Stripper". > >And for the bride and groom's first dance, please slow things down a bit by >doing Barber's "Adagio for Strings". It's so much better than "We've Only >Just Begun" or "The Anniversary Waltz". > >When my wife and I join in the first dance, could you segue into Thelonius >Monk's "Ruby My Dear"- it's in honor of my wife's grandmother whose name was >Ruby. It would mean so much to the family. > >Thanks for all your help. Depending on the outcome we'll certainly be happy >to recommend your band to our friends. > >We'll have your check for the fee of $250 (minus our expenses of contacting >you of $12.50) by the end of next month: we're a little short as the young >lady doing the balloon arch wanted her $1,850 in advance and the DJ had to >be paid up front his $2,500 as normal. Our daughter assured us that your >love of music was greater than your need for money, and that you would >welcome the exposure you would get from playing this wedding. > >Before you leave, please feel free to ask the caterer for a snack sandwich >and a soda (the bottles are returnable or you can pay the deposit to the >butler). Please use the back entrance to avoid disturbing the guests.