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Examples of Customized Harpist Playlists:
Background Harp Music for Your Reception, Dinner Party, or Similar Event
Many clients who have requested 1-3 hours of background music leave the selection of individual song titles to the harpist. There are clients, however, who prefer to choose many of the titles themselves from the harpist's general repertoire listing.
Here are examples of playlists compiled by two of Brenda Street's recent clients. These two examples both feature popular music, but it is certainly possible for a client to request all-classical, a mix of popular and classical, or, during the month of December, a holiday party playlist.
NOTE: The length of a typical piece of harp background music is 4 minutes. A playlist of 15 song titles would be enough for a one-hour cocktail reception.
Harpist Sample Playlist #1
Music for a Wedding Champagne Brunch
EVENT DESCRIPTION: This client hosted a 2-hour brunch in her home for a newly-married couple. She wanted a romantic, relaxed ambiance, with some R&B selections included, but she did want a good mix between ballads and upbeat songs. After collaborating with Brenda through emails, she arrived at this playlist, which was perfect for the occasion.
All of Me - John Legend
At Last - Etta James
Endless Love - Lionel Richie
Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel
My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
My Funny Valentine - Rodgers/Hart
The Prayer - C. Dion & A. Bocelli
Satin Doll - Duke Ellington
Somewhere Over the Rainbow -The Wizard of Oz
Summertime - Porgy and Bess
The Way You Look Tonight - J. Kern
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
When I Fall in Love - Nat King Cole
You Are the Sunshine of My Life -Stevie Wonder
You Are So Beautiful -Joe Cocker
Whenever Wherever Whatever -Maxwell
Whenever You Call -Mariah Carey
Stay With Me - Stan Smith
Lady - Lionel Richie
The Closer I Get To You -Donnie Hathaway
Always and Forever - Heatwave
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
You're Just Too Good to Be True - Frankie Valli
Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
Ribbon in the Sky - Stevie Wonder
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
I Just Called to Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
Harpist Sample Playlist #2
Music for a Wedding Cocktail Reception
EVENT DESCRIPTION: A groom wanted contemporary, upbeat background harp music for the one-hour cocktail reception at an Atlanta country club, immediately following his wedding ceremony at a nearby church. Using the general repertoire list, he chose his 15 songs, then emailed them to Brenda. This playlist set just the mood he wanted at his reception.