The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 28, 1996 · Page 68
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 68

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, January 28, 1996
Page 68
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t^ay^^^r^fjfK^-yff M SUNDAY, JANUARY 28,' 1996 ,•!-,. r >. c i, ,\ | ^ -'; 3. H T THE SALINA JOURNAL T RECEPTION TUNE Song puts groom at center stage Lyrics tout traditional values mothers want sons to marry with By SHERIDA WARNER The Satina Journal "Be kind, be sweet, be a gentle man. Care and share and always be fair, and remember though you have taken a wife, you will always be my son, my loving son." These sentimental words are the chorus to "A Song for My Son," written specifically for the celebratory dance between a bridegroom and his mother. These two people often are left behind during marriage preparations, and What's more, the bride and her father usually share a reception dance to the well-known tune of "Daddy's Little Girl." No special song for mothers and sons pre- How to preserve a bridal bouquet By The Associated Press Preserving the wedding bouquet can give the bride nostalgic pleasure in future years, especially if it's cared for right after the nuptials. Begin the drying process right away, before you leave for the honeymoon. Turn the bouquet upside down and hang it in a dark, dry place. In two weeks it should be completely dry and ready to decorate a wall or shelf. If you prefer, cut fresh flowers close to the base and place inside a large book for pressing; these can be used to decorate a wedding album. viously existed. After 20 years of singing at wedding receptions, Mikki Viereck of East Longmeadow, Mass., decided it was time to fill that mother-son void. She herself is a mother of two boys, neither one yet married. Viereck sat at her kitchen table one day in 1991, wrote the lyrics to "A Song for My Son" and asked her musician friends to put them to a catchy tune. The finished product is a ballad in waltz time, describing traditional values that mothers try to instill in their sons and how they want them to carry on throughout their lifetimes. Apparently, many mothers of sons were more than appreciative of such a tribute. Viereck has sold more than 100,000 copies of the song and enlarged her business which she calls New Traditions. "The song describes exactly what I would say to my sons when they get married," said Viereck during a telephone interview. "No matter how old See me for Life, Health, Home, Auto or Renter's Insurance Norm Pihl 1400-B S. Santa Fe 30 years of service to Salina Community 827-0447 INSURANCE AUTO HOME BUSINESS HEALTH IK they get or how many kids they have, I will always love them the same way. I will just have more to love because I will have a new daughter-in-law." Viereck said she is touched by the letters she receives from grateful mothers. One from Moberly, Mo., wrote: "My daughter-in-law surprised both my son and myself by playing 'A Song for My Son' at their wedding reception. That song caused more tears of joy than any song up to that time. It told of mothers' hopes and dreams better than I could ever have told my son. Thank you for making his day so special for both of us." Since then, Viereck has written two new songs, "One More Time," an alternative to "Daddy's Little Girl," and "A Wedding Thank You" for the family or friends of the couple. She sells compact discs ($9,) cassette tapes ($7) and sheet music ($6) of "A Song for My Son." To order, call 800-4476647. The GROOM goes FREE during our Early Booking Wedding Special! Just give us your groom's name and your 1996 wedding date and you'll get the Grooms Tuxedo Rental FREE with six additional rentals. Stop in today.. take a look at our fine selection of men's formalwear from The Tuxitement Collection and we'll show you how your groom goes free! Prices Start at $ 42 95 It s \\wlh I In 1 I rip 110 s. Santa Fe, Downtown Salina Now & Forever • ' The best wedding gifts come from Forever Oak. You'll find that "special gift" from our selection of handcrafted oak furniture & accessories. Now featuring Bridal Registry. Enter your wishes with us. FOREVER OAK •HmtenftoHMTitmttunSiACCOM " 1-800-8644429 823-8729 619 E. Crawford • Ebnore Center Monday - Friday 1(W, Saturday 104 Bill Ray's Porta-Party (Formerly Wild Hair Productions) J'i Since 1977 Since 1977 • COUNTRY • OLDIES • TOP 40 STEREO SOUND SYSTEM • COMPUTERIZED LIGHT SHOW CONTACT: BILL RAY SALINA, KANSAS 67401 (913) 825-5138 Why Bifocals? e recommend Varilux eyeglass lenses for people who need to see from near to far, without wearing bifocals. Varilux has a sophisticated, patented design that allows focusing clearly at any distance. It does away with the "window" seen in bifocals and awkward bifocal line. We have the experience and equipment to fit this advanced lens, and we invite you to come and see the difference. IVflR/LUX BETTER THAN BIFOCALS CERTIFIED OPTICIANS: Doug Kelsey, Manager RoseAnne Halsey Dispensers 827-8123 1495 E. iron Salina, Ks MOD. thru Frt 8:30-550. Sat 8:SO-12.-00

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