Monday, December 15, 2008
#57 Singing "I Will Be Here" at weddings
If you have been involved in Christian culture for any amount of time, there is a very good chance you have been to a wedding where Steven Curtis Chapman's "I Will Be Here" was sung.
Usually it is sung by the church's music director or the music director's daughter while the bride and groom stand and stare at each other. On rare occasion, the groom will sing it to the bride. In these instances it will usually say in the bulletin that this song is the groom's wedding gift to her. (Economical!)
At any rate, the song is a tearjerker and if you are a girl who isn't married you will look on while quivering in your pew, your eyes welling with tears and your little heart damn near bursting with longing.
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The only thing more beautiful than that song is this post! Ha ha.
That song isn't as big of deal in Canada, up here it's "I can only imagine" or Paul Brandt's "I do (cherish you)".
Umm.... I've actually had the pleasure of singing this song in a wedding. At the time I thought the lyrics were actually kind of a downer. "When the laughter turns to cryin'", etc., etc.
I sang that song at a wedding, but then the couple got divorced a few years later.
I'm not sure if I've ever been to a wedding where this is sung. Hrm.
I have hazy memories of attending a wedding where the groom did indeed sing this to the bride. But I might just be imaging it because it is totally the kind of thing that couple would have done. As far as I know they are still married, so that's good.
Also - economical?! that is hilarioius, and totally true.
Yeah... I'm totally singing this at a wedding NEXT WEEK!!! hahhahaha! Too true. (and I've sung it just last year as well- I work at a church :-)
I'm not terribly familiar with this song, but then again, I'm an Episcopalian. In our Hymnal, the really "new" music is early 20th cent. ;)
Is it as sickeningly sweet & sappy as it sounds ?
Hi David, Robb & Micah posted links to it earlier so you poor deprived Episcopalian types can experience it - try this one.
i don't know if i know this particular song. but i've listened to a lot of songs in the genre. whenever i get nostalgic i'll pop in a michael w. smith cd and listen to "a friend's a friend forever" or something like that. sometimes it really hits the spot.
you poor deprived Episcopalian types...
Heh, heh...yeah, deprived ;) Thanks, but I think I'll stick with Bach, Buxtehude, etc...
Merry Christmas, oh delightful hostess!
So I sang this to my wife at our wedding. I cried. True story. But being romantic sure helped with the honeymoon!
Stephanie - a tie in.
Steven Curtis Chapman goes to a PCA church in TN.
I so need to clean my ears with bleach now.
I sang this song at a wedding. I really like the song and what it has to say about marriage and commitment; the different seasons a marriage will go through.
Love SCC's mullet though!
I agree with whoever said this song is a downer. My bro sang this song to his bride at their wedding, and even stony-faced Roman de la Rose couldn't keep a dry eye! But even as I cried, I thought, "WTF, weddings are supposed to be happy!" Stephy (or somebody, if she doesn't want to) should post about the Christian tendency to draw bathos and tears out of happy events.
ray boltz "watch the lamb"
Haha! Yes, my husband and I had this one sung at our wedding, but it was more because of the content of the song, rather than the fact that it was a "Christian" song. I have to say, as far as love songs go, this one's not too bad. But that's just me.
My spouse and I grew up in Christian culture, and we had this song sung during our (same-sex) wedding, 10 years ago.
Um ... we had that song at our wedding, actually. Never dance to it anymore, though. Seems way too cheesy now.
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