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Real-life Romance with Lindsay Harrel: Special Serenade

I’m delighted to have Lindsay Harrel as my guest today. She’s a talented writer, an awesome singer, and a very nice person. When I heard about her husband’s musical gifts during two milestone events in her life, I asked her to share them. Enjoy this heartwarming story of real-life love from Lindsay. . .


I’m a singer, and I always imagined marrying someone musically inclined.

And it happened.

You see, my husband Mike plays the clarinet. He’s so good he got a college scholarship for it and got to play with the Phoenix Symphony when he was a sophomore in high school.

But he never sang in public. Except, of course, in church.

I’d sit next to him while we were dating, and sometimes, I’d just close my eyes and listen to this man—who I was growing to love—worship God. I really liked his baritone/bass voice, but when I told him that, I think he was embarrassed, because he didn’t think he was much good.

Fast forward to the night he proposed.

It was a beautiful July evening. Full moon. Cloudless. Warm. He took me for a “walk” and we ended up on a little wooden bridge on the edge of a golf course. No one around. He’d decorated the bridge with candles and roses.

I wasn’t necessarily shocked he was proposing, but I was shocked at how he did it.

He got down on one knee and sang “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera, one of my favorites.

Yeah, I was a mess of tears. Just to hear a man declaring his love for me in such a way, when he knew I cherished singing and that song in particular—that was one of the most romantic things he could have done.

But that wasn’t the end of his serenade.

Lindsay and Mike Harrel 1

Fast forward again, this time to our wedding. The whole day had been beautiful—beautiful ceremony (where I walked down the aisle to a violin and piano rendition of “All I Ask of You”), beautiful first dance, beautiful toasts, and lots of fun dancing.

The reception was nearing an end, and suddenly, Mike pulled me onto the dance floor and plopped me into a chair. A friend of ours had his guitar, and Mike sat opposite me.

And he started to sing, this time a song by Steven Curtis Chapman I’d never heard—“We Will Dance.”

Go listen to it and you’ll get a glimpse at how incredibly romantic my husband was to sing it to me.

LIndsay and Mike Harrel 2

But the most romantic thing about it all?

He didn’t consider himself a singer. He didn’t think he was good.

But there, in front of 150 people, he sang to me anyway.


Lindsay’s Questions for You

Have you ever been serenaded?

Do you and your special someone have a special song?

If you aren’t married, what is one of the most romantic songs, in your opinion?


A Little More About Lindsay

Since the age of six, when she wrote the riveting tale “How to Eat Mud Pie,” Lindsay Harrel has passionately engaged the written word as a reader, writer, and editor. Lindsay lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband of six years and two golden retriever puppies in serious need of training.

Visit Lindsay’s blog, “like” her Facebook page, and follow her on Twitter


Lindsay’s Published Anthology Piece

Falling in Love with You

41 Real Love Stories Guaranteed for a SmileFalling in Love with You

Where did you first meet the person you fell in love with? The person with whom you could be totally you? Or do you still dream of that magical moment, when you know you’re in head-over-heels, dancing-in-the-rain kind of love?

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Lindsay’s story tells more about how she and Mike dated and fell in love—that is, when friendship wasn’t enough.


Win a Copy of Falling in Love with You!

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I’ll post the winner’s name here and in a comment.

Congratulations to the winner: Ganise!

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  • Ohh, swoon! 🙂 I love this story, Lindsay. It’s such a beautiful example of his true love for you. Stepping out of his comfort zone to do something that means so much.

    Yes, Dave has serenaded me on many occasions. My favorite is when he sang: “I have often walked down this street before…” from My Fair Lady when we moved into a house next door to the house I lived in during high school. It’s one of my favorite songs.

    Hello, Keli! Thanks for sharing Lindsay’s story here today. I’d love to know if Gwynly has ever serenaded you!

    • That’s so cute, Gabe!! You’ll have to get Dave to sing when we’re visiting in June so we can hear his amazing voice. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:


      I remember mushing out the first time I heard about your husband singing that song to you. I love it!

      Yes, Gwynly has sung to me. Many times! When we were first dating, he sang a Beach Boys song for me. I can’t remember the title, but it has a line it in about being kinda small and such a doll. Gwynly melted my heart with that one. 🙂

  • Beth K. Vogt says:

    So beautifully romantic — this makes my insomnia so worth it, Lindsay and Keli!
    My husband Rob and I have many special songs — they’ve changed through the years. One of our treasured songs is also a Steven Curtis Chapman song: I Will Be Here.
    And Rob often sings to me when we’re dancing together — in our kitchen.

  • Jill Kemerer says:

    Oh, I love this!! Lindsay, that is the sweetest thing–I can’t believe your husband went out of his way to give you the gift you really loved, his beautiful voice. My romantic side is swooning… And I loved the pictures!! Wonderful! You were a beautiful bride. 🙂

    (Hi Keli! Loved this guest post!)

  • Oh, squeeee! Love your tale of romance, Lindsay! I’m sure the memory of your beloved singing to you at your wedding ranks as one of the best. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Thanks, Keli, for bringing us Lindsay’s fun story. 🙂

  • Loree Huebner says:

    Hi Keli! Hi Lindsay!

    Sooooo romantic, Lindsay! Love the proposal on the bridge. He’s a keeper – this guy is thinking on his feet, and loves you more than life itself!

    I have been serenaded…not in public, but Hubs has a wonderful voice. When we slow dance, he always sings in my ear, and I drift.

    • Ooo, that’s so romantic, Loree. The cool thing is that everyone told me I should sing for Mike on our wedding day, and I said no, because I didn’t want to be all nervous. And then he swoops in and sings when I didn’t expect it. *love*

  • Ah sigh! I just love this and the pictures. Nothing like real-life romance. My husband wrote a song and sang it to me at our wedding. It was beautiful. I’ll hesitate to share about our “song” because I’m waiting to tell that in February during a real-life romance series. 🙂

    You guys are beautiful!

  • Donna Pyle says:

    My heart is all a-flutter for you and your true-life Romeo! There’s just something about a man who can sing – and use those gifts for the Lord. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story! You are blessed, indeed, Lindsay. Hugs, Keli!

    • I know I am, Donna. I love writing about these memories because sometimes, in the midst of “normal life,” I forget and focus on the negatives. Focusing on all of the wonderful and romantic things is so much better and does wonders for our marriage.

  • Keli, thank you so much for having me today and for doing a giveaway of the anthology! I love being your guest. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:


      I’m delighted you were willing to be my guest and share your great story. Sorry I wasn’t around, but I was spending the day with my sweetie. Gwynly heads back to school on Monday, so I’m soaking up his company on these last days of his vacation, especially since today is his birthday. 🙂

  • Anne Payne says: Where is a tissue?! How sweet it is to read such a romantic story…sigh.

    My husband and I sing to each other all the time and we definitely don’t have great voices. Our special song is I’m Yours by Jason Mraz. I even have it as my ringtone for when he calls me 🙂 Of course, when we hear it over the radio in the store we sing it to each other, much to the embarrassment of our boys.

  • I choked up reading this.
    Our song is Trisha Yearwood’s How Could I Live Without You.

  • Melissa Tagg says:

    Aww, this is awesome, Linz. So sweet. Good job, Mike!

    Um, I have been serenaded. In college, a group of guys called me night after night and sang to me. Took me a month or more to figure out who it was. Then this same group planned a “prom” in their dorm room and each invited someone. I ended up dating the guy I went with. Didn’t last and um, that’s a good thing. But it WAS a fun experience at the time. Plus, they sang Coldplay songs to me, so that made it extra good. Ha!

    • That’s hilarious! And a little odd. 😉

      And btw, Mike is a huge Coldplay and Muse fan. I don’t like them as much, but I told him you did. He said you sounded awesome already. Hehe. I think you two will get along next month.

      • Melissa Tagg says:

        Haha, yes, it was odd. Endearing, but odd. 🙂

        I love Muse!! A couple of their songs are my “angry” songs, perfect for blowing off steam. And then a couple others are my “getting pumped up” songs. LOL!

  • Ganise says:

    Oh my goodness, that’s enough to make a girl shed tears of happiness… how so very romantic!

    Bless you and your husband.

    Love it, Lindsay! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    My apologies for the delay in choosing a winner. An extended family member was hospitalized unexpectedly last week, and I was a bit preoccupied. All’s well now, and thanks to, I have a winner: Ganise.

    Congratulations, Ganise! I’ll be in touch.

  • Ganise says:

    YAY! *Grin*