Post # 1
I love Greensleeves and I was thinking about it for our wedding, for Prelude music (that’s when everyone is getting seated, correct?)… but not thinking much about the lyrics because it’d be played on the Celtic harp. Then I remembered and went and re-read the lyrics. Hmmm. It’s not exactly a happy love song! LOL
Do you think most people will think of it that way or just enjoy the music?
Any other ideas for songs played on the Celtic harp?
Post # 3
Half of the people will probably be singing “Alas my love” in their head, and the other half will be singing “What child is this.”
I think people won’t mind the symbolism of the lyrics, they’ll just be enjoying the harp music. In which case, can I recommend “Scarborough Fair?”
Post # 4
@jenbrandner: You can absolutely recommend anything you wish! I am crazy confused on music (just posted a big long post about it) and loving ANY suggestions! So yes, and thank you, and you are right… laughed about “What Child is This” as I’d totally forgotten! I guess I should be ready, if we use it, for my mom and others to be asking me why we played Christmas music at our March wedding!
Post # 5
If you love the music then use it. Like the previous posters mentioned, most people automatically associate the melody with Christmas and they have not read/heard the lyrics of Greensleeves to make any opinion. Your guests will not notice or care about lyrics, especially if none are sung at all. If you’re having programs, list the music how it is so that there is no confusion.
That said, Celtic Woman has beautiful traditional songs that can be played on the harp. Your musician should not have difficulty finding music.
Post # 6
Ask your harpist for recommendations. He or she should have a repertoire list that will make your decision process easier! There are so many beautiful, if less well-known, Celtic tunes that don’t have the lyrics problem. If you do use Greensleeves, there will be more people wondering why you chose Christmas music than concerned about the “Alas my love you do me wrong” issue!
To get you started, there is a long list of Celtic & folk songs on my website: http://theclassicharpist.com/html/replistfolk.html