I played several wedding ceremonies this summer. One such opportunity involved arranging eight different pieces for the guitar that had previously never been arranged. The couple had great taste in music (a big plus for me) and one of the songs I arranged was Perfect Day by Lou Reed. This song jumped onto my radar in the film “Trainspotting” and had a nice resurgence a couple years ago on a playstation add. What a poignant choice it is for a wedding! I’m actually amazed that more people don’t consider it for this purpose.

For the past several years I’ve taught lessons on Google Hangouts to my buddy Derek in Alaska. He started as a student with me when he was quite young (in person) and has really bloomed into a great teenage guitarist. When we had a chance to meet up this summer he performed my wedding arrangement of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” with mics and cameras rolling.

Derek has a great future as a lifelong guitar player and really did a nice job bringing out all the different parts of “Perfect Day”. I feel that one of the greatest things about the guitar is it’s ability to take on the voices of so many instruments all in one.

What do you dream about playing on the guitar?

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  • On March 14, 2014, Richard Barone and Alejandro Escovedo produced and hosted the first full-scale tribute to Lou Reed at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, with over twenty international acts performing Reed’s music.

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