Archive for the ‘Music’ Category


And the winner is …

April 13, 2011

Some brides can’t stop looking at wedding dresses – even after they’ve found the one.

I, thankfully, didn’t have a problem with that.

However, I’ve really been struggling choosing music for our dances.

I’m the bride who likes everything which makes the decision ten times more difficult. I knew I was nearing an emotional breaking point over these silly songs, so I had decided tonight was the night. We were going to pick these songs no matter what … no matter how much it killed Randy 😉

Until this morning, I was going to tell him we had two songs to choose from:

Clay Aiken – The Way

(Sorry about the embedding. I tried at least 10 different links and they all came up blocked. The rest should be fine.)

and Rod Stewart’s Have I Told You Lately

But, I happened upon Christina Perri’s Penguin this morning at work. Intrigued, I listened to the preview on iTunes and the line “He’s your penguin” instantly reminded me of Pheobe from Friends:

I listened to the full song on YouTube and was hooked. First of all, Perri is an amazing singer and songwriter. Secondly, it fits the not-overdone-but-still-meaningful-to-us criteria. Lastly, Randy’s my penguin (or lobster). 😉

I made Randy sit down after dinner and listen to each song – Penguin, Have I Told You Lately, and The Way (in that order). He didn’t have much to say about the first two, but halfway through The Way he said, “I’m not feeling Clay, sorry.” Which he quickly followed with, “And it’s not because it’s Clay.”

Uh huh. Sure. 😛

I then told him I would be perfectly happy with either of the other two choices so he needed to pick one. Naturally, he turned it around on me by saying, “Well, which one is your favorite?”

Haha! Nice try, buddy.

We briefly discussed each and the deciding factor was when he mentioned Have I Told You Lately has probably been danced into the ground. And that we shouldn’t be picking a song to please our guests but what pleases us. Points taken.

So, Penguin it is! Yay!! 😀 Have a listen:

I love it!

Also, I’ve decided on Daughter by Loudon Wainwright, III for the Father/Daughter dance:

I asked Randy if he liked My Wish for the Mother/Son dance and he shrugged his shoulders. That’s when I told him he was on his own and I’d suggest he utilize his Googling skills. 😉

Some progress is better than no progress. 😀


Music – Take Two

March 31, 2011

I’m typically sawing logs by now, but I’m not even close to tired.

I wonder if it has anything to do with the extra caffeine I consumed this week? The head honcho is overseas, so there was no reason to make the typical pot of half-caff. As a consequence, I made good use of a Starbucks gift card every day. 😉

With sleep alluding me, I decided to explore other father-daughter dance song options.

I e-mailed my dad links to the two songs I liked, but I don’t think he was wowed by them. As is typical in our family, difficult situations are often deflected with joking and laughter. So I wasn’t surprised when he responded he’d prefer “this song”:

However, I think I surprised him when I wrote back, “I’m game!!”

I never got a reply. 😛

At that point I figured I was on my own with the song selection. I came across this one tonight – and I think it’s now the frontrunner:

I do love me some Elton. I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before!

Not only am I choosing our song, I also need to suggest songs for Randy and his mom. Our conversation went something like this:

Me: We really need to make decisions on music. Are you going to dance with your mom?

Him: Are you dancing with your dad?

Me: Uhh … yeah.

Him: Okay. Then I guess I’m dancing with my mom.

Me: Okie dokie. What song do you have in mind?

Him: I guess whatever song you’re dancing to.

Me: Huh?

Him: We’ll be on the floor at the same time, right?

Me: Nooo … Two separate dances.

Him: Oh.

Me: You’ll need to talk to your mom about a song. <crickets> Or do you want me to suggest some for you?

Him: You can suggest some for me.

Crap. Ha!

I’ve decided this will be my first one:

Heart this song! And Oxford for allowing me to use “heart” in that context. 😉 If Randy and his mom don’t want it, I may move it to my list. LOL!


Play a song for me

January 4, 2011

Not our guitarist


Ya’ll, I love the musician we picked for our ceremony.

Like, a lot. It makes me want to do a little jig.

I haven’t felt this way since hiring Amberlee. 😀

We met Kevin last night at The Blue Moose Cafe. After a bit of chit chat, I learned he’s not only a musician but a writer as well. He’s also a fellow P.I. Reed School of Journalism alum. Bonus points for you, sir. 😉

He readily described his musical style (Jack Johnson-esque) and said if we were looking for non-traditional ceremony music, he could be our man.

Umm … yeah. That’s exactly what I had in mind. Tell me more.

He is, first and foremost, an original artist; however, he’s willing to learn whatever songs we’d like him to perform. If a song or two isn’t working out, he’ll let us know well enough in advance so things can be switched around. When asked if he had original songs that would fit a wedding, he answered affirmatively – and then offered to do rough recordings of them so we could have a listen. Sweet!

In the end, we settled on 30 minutes of prelude music, music for the entrances, and then 15 minutes of recessional music with the understanding we had plenty of time to switch things around. I’m also all about mixing covers with his original music.

Below is the list of songs I presented him. Although I wouldn’t say I’m musically inclined, I tried to pick songs with a strong guitar base. I think I did a decent job:

Throw some others my way, if you have them! I’d rather have more options than not enough.