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Posted on December 31, 2015 at 8:50 PM

As 2015 draws to a close in just a few hours EST I wanted to give thanks to all my couples who got engaged this year using me as the soundtrack to their engagements.  It was a great year, meaning I had more engagements than in 2014.  And for that i'm truly thankful.  I'm also thankful for meeting head on some of the technical and ancillary challenges that were posed to me.  I performed in 2 weather extremes, 100 degree heat as well as polar vortex, sub-zero cold temps.  One client had a very challenging engagement both logisitcally and in terms of lighting.  Through some expert repair work I was able to deliver a great product. I embraced technology by having one engagement filmed using a GoPro.  This is an amazing device and really creates vivd accounts of my proposals. I worked with some wonderful photographers who really got into the spirit of the work. Sadly one of my top photographers lost his battle with non-hodgkins lymphoma in May at the tender age of 31.  BJ Enright, your professionalism and exquisite work will never be forgotten.  I miss you buddy.  Carly Jara, Michelle Kawka and Howard Baden were also stalwarts in my rotation who proved reliable, steady and professional. I look forward to working with them in the new year.  

There were new songs to learn which can be challenging but equally as rewarding when the couple appreciates the result.  This year, "Marry Me" - Train, , "Grow Old With You" (from the Wedding Singer), "Thinking Out Loud" -  Ed Sheeran, "Marry You" -  Bruno Mars, "God Only Knows"  - Beach Boys, "I'm Yours" - Jason Mraz, "All of Me" - John Legend, "Baby I Love Your Way" (the cover of the Peter Frampton song covered by Big Mountain, "Harvest Moon" -  Neil Young, "Question" - Old 97's were among the songs requested of me.  The last one took place on the Bow Bridge in Central Park in the dead of winter.  -2 degs.  My guitar had to be rushed to the guitar store for some love immediately following that one as all the wood warped.  The price of love eh!

Some other milestones from 2015 included being a guest on the "Don't Quit Your Daydream" radio show hosted by my friend and former colleague John Nuckel.  I got to speak on-air about the origins of this crazy niche little business. Also, Tessie Barnett from the Gig Salad team wrote a wonderful piece for the Gig Salad Blog about me. And just this week i secured my 50th & 51st reviews on GigSalad.  A milestone which i'm immensely proud of.

Some goals for 2016 include once again securing wedding gigs (wedding ceremonies & cocktail hours) for the clients I serve in their engagements.  It's happened once befoe and I hope to create the magic again.  I would also like to involve my musical partners in my 2 bands in some of these engagements to add color and flavor beyond an acoustic guitar.  Adding harmony, percussion and/or additional instruments like the banjo, mandolin or ukulele truly add authenticity.   My 2 bands are Setting Suns (www.settingsunsroadhouseramble.com) and Los Huevos (www.gigsalad.com/los_huevos).  In previous years I was fortunate enough to have my musical partner Billy Ryan accompany me on some of these proposals using his mandolin. The mandolin is such a beautiful instrument and really adds a special touch to a song.  And in April 2014, I was hired by one gentleman who wanted to book my full band, Setting Suns to perform "Something" by the Beatles in Central Park.  I'd like to have more engagements filmed using the GoPro as it is a dynamite device that really captures how special each engagement is. I would love to have the honor of travelling outside Central Park and New York City. for a proposal.  One engagement this year called for a trip to Lake Minnewaska in New Paltz which is one of my favorite places on earth and where I proposed to my wife.  As I visited London this summer I had a lovely idea to perform for an engagement inside a capsule on the London Eye.  How cool would that be?!?  Even more exciting would be to be booked to do it on Christmas Eve, or New Years Eve when there are fireworks on the Thames.  But back to basics, it'd be great to just to keep growing in the right dicrection.  It's a truly  wonderful experience to be on the periphery of such an intimate and beautiful moment between 2 people in love.  

Thank you to all for a wonderful 2015.  I hope your weddings were magical affairs.  It was a pleasure to serve you and be part of your lives for a brief moment.  

Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.

Mike Cranmer

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