Last week, I got to do a singing telegram for a couple that's been married for 37 years. They were celebrating their anniversary with friends at the Wrightsville Beach restaurant, The Oceanic. Here I am getting ready to walk into the Oceanic, find their table, and sing their customized anniversary song.
So far, I've done singing telegrams for baby showers, birthdays, Valentine's Day, promotions, retirement parties, anniversaries, wedding showers...even for an adorable group of kindergarten students as an Easter surprise. Since the Easter Bunny couldn't attend the kids' Easter party, I came instead! (For those of you who weren't aware, I'm good friends with Peter Cottontail. We vacation together in Bermuda every year. The kids were duly impressed!)
What I like most about singing telegrams is getting a glimpse into the lives of the people who receive them and learning why they are so loved by their friends and family. I always try to include humor in the telegrams, which usually consist of some gentle, good-natured teasing. Here are a few of my favorite lyrics and song choices from recent singing telegrams:
Occasion: Birthday Telegram for Abby,
Location: Performed at the Marriott hotel where she is employed
Fun Fact: She is a huge Disney fan!
Now we all know Abby likes Disney
It's the truth, it's actual
There ain’t nothin’ else more factual
So listen up Marriott, I’ve got somethin’ to say
It’s Abby’s birthday!
Occasion: Valentine's Day Telegram for Daniela from her fiancé, Bryn, who is currently working overseas
Location: Performed at The Landfall Country Club, where she is employed
Fun Fact: He calls her "Babe"
Song: To the tune of Earth Angel
Bryn says: "Babe, won’t you please be mine?"
Because he loves you and wants you for his Valentine
He sent The Bon Bon Queen, to play his fool
'Cause he’s just a fool in love with you...ooh ooh ooh
Occasion: Birthday Telegram for Michelle from her best friend Melissa who moved far away last year
Location: Performed at Cape Fear Memorial Hospital, where she is employed
Fun Facts: She loves country music, she wears an old pair of black Birkenstocks that she can't keep on her feet, and they tease each other that when they're old and living together in a nursing home, Melissa's daughter Emma will "clip the tater tots off of their toes"
Song: To the tune of Forever and Ever Amen
They say that time takes its toll on a body
You'll get wrinkles and your hair will turn gray
You'll wear ugly support hose socks and drink whiskey poured on the rocks
And I'm sure you'll still be fallin' off those old black Birkenstocks
Melissa says, "At least we’ll have my daughter Emma
Isn’t that the way that life goes?
She’ll come see us in the nursing home
She’ll bring blue hair dye and a comb
Melissa will be your friend forever & ever, forever & ever Amen
As long as old men sit & talk about the weather
As long as old women sit & talk about old men
If you wonder how long she’ll keep up these crazy surprises
I promise you, next year it will happen again
Melissa loves you and she misses you, but most of all she wishes you
A very Happy Birthday...Amen!
Although I've sang at restaurants, offices, schools, hotels and hospitals, there is one type of business where I get sent to sing the most. Can you guess which one? Here’s a hint: it's the location of an iconic classic film about Southern women. Stay tuned...I’ll reveal the answer after Mother’s Day.