Song for a son
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - One day Mikki Viereck's 'A Song For My Son' may be to weddings what 'Happy Birthday' is to birthdays. Everybody will know the words and melody, but nobody will know where it came from. That's OK with Viereck, a professional singer from Springfield, Mass., who has made a career out of performing for wedding receptions. "There are three important songs at any wedding," Viereck said. "There's the one for the bride and groom to dance to. There's one for the bride and her father, and then you need one for the mother and the groom. Most couples have their own favorite song. 'Daddy's Little Girl' is pretty much traditional for the fathers and daughters. But. when mothers would ask me what was played for their dance, there really was nothing." In 18 years of performing at wedding receptions, Viereck said she never found a song that was really appropriate for the mother of the groom. As a mother of two sons herself, Viereck thought mothers deserved something special for those few minutes on the dance floor. She wanted a song that would capture the sentiments of a mother's love for her son, as well as send a message for him to carry into his marriage. Viereck tried to imagine what she might say when her sons Lino, 20, or Zack, 15, got married. Here's what she came up with. "Be kind, be sweet, be a gentleman/ Care, share and always be fair/ And remember, though you now have taken a wife/ You will always be my son ... my loving son." "If you have these qualities, you will not only be a good husband, you will be a good person, and that's what any woman wants for her son," Viereck said. "There's also that feeling of clinging to him for those few minutes at the wedding and letting him know that he will always be a part of you." From a practical standpoint, the song needed a moderate, danceable beat and a melody that anyone could sing. "I wanted it to be something a mother could sing to her son if she wanted to," Viereck said. She turned to friends Steve Moser and Bob Casinghino who set her words to music. Viereck has done most of the distribution herself. She mailed sample tapes to 100 wedding disc jockeys and got back 90 surveys with positive responses. While visiting relatives in Florida, she has taken time to drop off tapes at newspaper offices and radio stations. Some of her best advertising, however, has been word-of-mouth. Since April, when she first started performing the song at wedding receptions, she has received more than 2,500 letters from all over the country. "People from out of town would hear me do it at a wedding and tell their friends when they got back home." Viereck said. "It's been great." The tape is available at any Tux shops. Or it can be ordered from New Traditions, P.O. Box 827, East Longmeadow, Mass. 01028.