My friend J will be here soon; she's bringing dinner with her. Later, since it is the last Saturday of the month, we'll go to Calvary Community Church, Tecumseh for their 'movie night'. In light of my plans this evening, I have posted this entry early. May you have a blessed evening.
So, now you know it. Gordon and I loved the story and music of, 'The Phantom of the Opera'.
The photo I've posted is one that I took from one of the balcony boxes in The Paris Opera House - Le Palais Garnier, when Gordon and I took a tour of the opera house; it is the setting of, 'The Phantom of the Opera'. Yes, I managed to fit in the stage, a view of the balcony boxes and even the chandelier. It is an amazing place; if you go to Paris, don't miss it!
We enjoyed, 'The Phantom' so much that when we planned our wedding, we arranged to have the, 'The Phantom' and, 'Christine' sing for us.
Our wedding was a small wedding, but it was amazing. It was a beautiful day. We were blessed to have some family (although not all), along with a few friends in attendance, including both our Moms. My sister was my maid of honour and Gordon's brother was his best man.
The music was wonderful! I could hardly believe I was doing this, though. After so many years of Gordon pursuing me, I had finally given in. I was gloriously happy. Even though I was sick. Yes, I had an upper respiratory infection; no, I wasn't yet taking my wonderful vitamins!
During the ceremony, both Gordon and our Pastor D, almost had heart failure. Well, during our rehearsal, Pastor D had reminded us that if he asks, "Will you...", we were to respond, "I will...". If he asked, "Shall you...", we were to respond, "I shall...". And of course, if he were to ask, "Do you...", we were to respond, "I do...". Trying to stay calm, I had asked Pastor D what he would ask; he responded that he wasn't sure, but whatever he asked, we should respond appropriately.
Sure. Between nervousness and excitement, not to mention this blasted upper respiratory infection, I could hardly think straight, never mind remember anything! Then came time for the question. I paused with my response, for I could not recall what Pastor D had asked. I thought if I looked at Pastor D with a questioning look, he might get the hint that I wasn't sure how to respond, but he didn't clue in.
Then, I looked at Gordon, whose eyes were growing as large as saucers. Pastor D's were, also. Then, I realized that neither one knew that I wasn't sure how to respond, but thought that I was having 'second thoughts', reconsidering and was possibly going to call off the wedding/marriage. Knowing we were being filmed and recorded, I did the only thing I could think of doing. I responded, "I will, shall, do!". I don't think I have ever seen two more relieved men, in all my life! :-))
Hearing the Phantom and Christine serenade us at our intimate reception was such a blessing. One I will never forget. Just as I will never forget you or my love for you, Gordon. You may be gone, but you'll always be in my heart.
Since I have not been able to figure out how to post a link for music/videos, I will just publish the lyrics to one of the Phantom's songs. Enjoy!
Music of the Night
Night time sharpens, heightens each sensation
Darkness stirs and wakes imagination
Silently the senses abandon their defenses
Slowly, gently night unfurls its splendor
Grasp it, sense it tremulous and tender
Turn your face away from the garish light of day
Turn your thoughts away from cold, unfeeling light
And listen to the music of the night
Close your eyes and surrender to your darkest dreams
Purge your thoughts of the life you knew before
Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar
And you'll live as you've never lived before
Softly, deftly music shall caress you
Hear it, feel it secretly possess you
Open up your mind, let your fantasies unwind
In this darkness that you know you cannot fight
The darkness of the music of the night
Let your mind start a journey through a strange new world
Leave all thoughts of the life you knew before
Let your soul take you where you long to be
Only then can you belong to me
Floating, falling sweet intoxication
Touch me, trust me, savor each sensation
Let the dream begin, let your darker side give in
To the power of the music that I write
The power of the music of the night
You alone can make my song take flight
Help me make the music of the night
Until next time...