|Posted on February 23, 2014 at 10:50 AM|
This is the inaugural blog post for my new website, Marriage Proposals by Mike. I'm pleased to be able to kick it off with an accounting of a very successful Valentine's Day proposal that took place at Bethesda Fountain in the legendary Central Park. John from San Diego found my profile on GigSalad.com (www.gigsalad.com/mike_cranmer). He and his girlfriend were planning a full on, go-all-out adventure to New York City. Unbeknownst to his girl he was going to pop the question and wanted to have a guitar player play his girlfriends favorite song, "Come what may" from the movie Moulin Rouge. John was emphatic that this is her favorite song. He also requested mandolin to be featured in this acoustic rendition. I tapped my friend, fruequent collaborator and band mate Billy Ryan to join me. John also expressed an interest in having a photographer capture the event for all time. For this i tapped BJ Enright whom i had met at a corp show last year.
So the stage was set and the players in place. Now we just needed a little cooperation from the weather gods. It was cold cold cold and we had immense amount of snow, which then turned to rain and then back to snow. John's original flight was cancelled on Wednesday but thankfully was able to board a plane headed for New York the next day. By Friday the sun was out and Central Park looked beautiful with all the snow. John & Taylor took a buggy ride to the 72nd Street transverse where we were all waiting. BJ hid out in a corner by the pond just across from the Loeb Boat House so as to appear inconspicuous while still beginning the work of capturing the randomness of a couple strolling by the fountain. I spotted them as they were deboarding the buggy and as they approached John shot me the wink. Billy and I had been playing the opening chords of 'come what may" since they began their descent down the stairs so as to appear as 2 guys busking. When John gave the nod we began the song. Taylor heard it and was like "oh my goodness, they're playing that song from Moulin Rouge that I love". That was John's natural cue to begin the proceedings. On bended knee he proposed to Taylor and she accepted coffee in hand. Then it became clear that the photographer and the musicians were not randomly there as part of the landscape but rather as players for her proposal. It wasa great day indeed. Onlookers at Bethesda Fountain all were snapping photos with the iphone. Great day indeed.