It was my cousins wedding and I had to drive a good three hours just to get this hotel where she was having her special event. The traffic on I-101 was just bad, both ways. By about 8 PM, I got to Monterey all tired and ready to go to bed. But I couldn’t just yet, since there’s a wedding rehearsal and dinner at the the nearby restaurant. The very moment I went inside the ballroom, I was surprised to see that all eyes were on me. I was puzzled at first, but decided to ignore the look I got from members of the family. A couple minutes after, my cousin (the bride) got up and asked to speak to me in private. What did we talked about? You would not beleive it. They’re (bride, groom and family members) requesting that I sing for her wedding. Now, I feel like laughing! Is this some sick joke?
Don’t get me wrong, I do know how to sing. Going back my grade school and highschool years, I was an active member of glee clubs and choir groups. But that was it! I have no formal training in music or whatsover. Nor do I have a dream of becoming a singer. If ever I do sing nowadays, it’s all for fun. And I dare not embarrassed myself in front of many people, half of which I don’t even know . And so I talked my cousin into forgetting this whole idea. But she didn’t let me off the hook that easy. She made me sing right that very minute and then got on her kness. She’s really serious about this. She’s begging me to sing on her wedding. Now, what am I supposed to do?
That same night, I went to my hotel room with a CD player in one hand and lyrics on the other. I was to sing One in a Million You for the bridal march, For Once In My Life , The Way You Look Tonight and a duet of the song, All I Ask of You. Luckily, I knew the songs as I’m an avid listener of Michael Buble and Larry Graham records. Bu am I really ready for the embarrassment.? Seriously, what did I get myself into?
The next day, I woke early to do a dry run. In as much as I’d like to sing without a cheat sheet in front of me, there’s just no way I can memorize four songs in one night. I phoned my cousin and she said that it’s alright if I had to read some of the lyrics. For my first song, I was to sing A One in A Million You as my cousin Jane walks the aisle with my uncle. This huge door opened and when I saw how stunning Jane was in her wedding gown ( and gaved me that quick wink). Suddenly, I was feeling more inspired. I couldn’t let my cousin down. And so, I gave the song my 100% and was surprised that I was able to get myself to sing the high notes (just a lucky amateur). I was grasping for breath after, but the people seemed to like it. I even got a thumbs up from the bride and groom. Now, this is how it feels to perform again!
After the first song, I think I’ve bought myself some confidence. That this time, I was more relax and wasn’t as timid as I was earlier. For the newly weds first dance, I sang The Way You Look Tonight. It was then followed by For Once In My Life. Then the last song was All I Ask of You, for the couples last waltz. After my humble performance, I was ready to gulp a gallon of water. I was thirsty as a camel and finished about five glasses of cold water in one seating. Hahaha! But looks like everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed their proxy wedding singers exhibition. Whoah, what a day and what an experience!