Meat Loaf Paradise by the Dashboards Lights
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We were married in Kauai, Hawaii in an intimate setting, and had a traditional Hawaiian guitar group provide all the music. Magical.
The most impressive wedding music moment I can remember is when my brother and his wife made their entrance into the reception to Stevie Ray Vaughan's version of "Little Wing". THAT was incredible!
Your question brings back sweet memories: my college roommate, Philip Aaberg--former Windham Hill pianist, and general keyboard genius extraordinaire, gave us the gift of his music for a wedding present. He played several original improvisations, plus his own version of Abdullah Ibrahim's "The Wedding", all played on a beautiful sounding Mason-Hamlin grand piano. Tears all around, including in the eyes of the bride and groom!
Beethoven STRING QUARTET IN A MINOR Op 132 Heilige Dankgesang eines Genesenden an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart. Molto adagio - Neue kraft fühlend. Andante ('Song of thanksgiving of a convalescent, in the Lydian mode', alternating with Molto adagio ('feeling new strength') But only if you are serious about your marriage. We had a string quartet playing it quite admirably with cues and everything.
I wrote my own ballad/song and worked with the wedding band in the studio to learn it and get it right. Male and female singers in a duet with word representing each of our viewpoints and love for each other at the time. Came out beautiful at the wedding and captured our sentiments toward each other perfectly. Very touching.
However, there is nobody in the world at any wedding, christening, communion or other event that will ever be able to spin a disk for us so we can dance to it. And you will never hear it on the radio. The one downside.
We had a harpist accomanied by a flutist play for our outdoor wedding. They played background before the wedding and then left after the ceremony.
Then we had a Latin Rock group play for the reception which was really good as the music was enjoyed by all.
For the 'First Dance" I had planned for them to play Louis Armstrong's "Oh, What A Wonderful World" with my Wife's Father beginning the dance and then with me finishing it with her, after the ceremonial 'handoff'. Her Father declared he doesn't dance so my lesson was to just do the dance with her and to forget about his problems.
A lesson that has served us well over the years.
I was just thinking about this the other day. The first one that came to mind was as follows. Kind of an odd song in that it is both up-beat and somewhat dark at the same time. Maybe that's why i can relate : )
"I'll stop the world and melt with you
I've seen the difference
and it's getting better all the time"....
"I've seen the future and it's open wide"...
Modern English "I Melt With You".
Another one, depending on whether or not you're having second thoughts, might be:
"and I ran,
i ran so far away"
"I Ran" by Flock of Seagulls
For those couples that are always travelling and don't have time for a formal wedding, they can do a "drive through" wedding in Las Vegas with the following song playing:
"Here in my car,
i feel safest of all,
i can lock all my doors,
it's the only way to live,
"Cars" by Gary Numan
This next one is a two-parter. The first part of the song is for those couples that tend to bicker / argue a lot:
"When a problem comes along,
you must whip it,
when something's going wrong,
you must whip it"
The next part of that same song may help kinky couples look forward to their Honeymoon after the ceremony is over and done with:
"I say Whip it,
whip it good" : )
"Whip It" by Devo
Hope this helps any prospective brides and grooms : ) Sean
PS... Can you tell what "musical generation" i grew up in??? : )