This weekend I had the privilege of officiating at the wedding of two musicians, a concert pianist and an opera singer. Those attending included other singers and instrumentalists–even a prima ballerina.
The two families (parents and grandparents) were from China, Uruguay, Ukraine, Latvia, Belarus, America and Charleston, South Carolina. We also brought together Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and atheism. The two other religions represented in this wedding ceremony were Music and, of course, Charleston.
Included in the ceremony were a handful of quotations about music:
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
From the Old Testament (referring to the prophet Elisha): II Kings 3: 14-15: “When the minstrel played, the power of the Lord came upon him.
“People haven’t always been there for me but music always has.”
“If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it.”
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
“Let this be my epitaph:
THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED
FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD