I often get hired to play romantic ballads, jazz, and pop music, for couples who are celebrating their anniversary, engagement, or even first date, with a memorable evening. I set up my small portable amp on the beach near Coronado Ferry Landing and Maria Ojeda Urista of Romance Events in San Diego sets up a romantic candlelight dinner and gets a permit for the beach setup from the City of Coronado.
Sometimes the couple books the event together, but often one person books it as a surprise to their partner. I have a great time seeing the look of surprised partner when they see the setup and beautiful backdrop of downtown San Diego. One of the best parts is the parking: this secluded area a few blocks south of the Ferry Landing, in front of a large condominium, has ample 3-hour parking most times of the day.
Sunset time is most popular, and parking is easy and right next to the beach. When the couple arrives in their car, I’m already playing romantic saxophone music. They walk to the table where the dinner is prepared, and often walk to the water’s edge, sharing a quiet private moment.
As they have dinner, the sun goes down and the buildings of downtown San Diego light up, making a magical scene. It is a quiet spot, and I keep my saxophone volume at a nice level: loud enough for the couple, but not too loud for the neighbors. However, I am proud to say that many residents of the nearby buildings and pedestrians enjoying the area have told me how much they enjoy the music and have hired me for other events. One person who happened to see me was talented photographer Victoria Pennick, of Frozen Glass Photography. She wanted to take some photos and I am pleased to share these.