Friday, May 04, 2012

The wedding: music

As earlier posts indicated, while all the other elements of the wedding went very smoothly, the music was a proverbial thorn in my side.  First it was the repair and re-installation of the main control unit for our whole house sound system, which didn't take place until the morning of the wedding day.  Next it was the uploading of songs from our CDs and downloading of songs from the internet into 1 playlist.  

Then on the morning of the wedding the mp3 player would not play the playlist through the music system.  My friend Ted suggested we use my laptop instead, which seemed to work just fine.  But then we noticed that the playlist was skipping certain songs!  Fortunately Jason & Kevin came to our rescue and figured out why.

The final result was that we used my laptop, plugged into the main control unit of the whole house sound system, to pipe our playlist throughout the house for both the pre-ceremony time, the ceremony itself, and the entire reception.  It all worked out and sounded beautiful. 

Here's our playlist:
**Pre-ceremony while guests arrive
June in January                                           Julie London
I’ve Got a Crush on You                             Linda Ronstadt
Til There Was You                                      Sherry Petta
It Might As Well Be Spring                       Ella Fitzgerald
My Romance                                                Carly Simon
The Nearness of You                                  Accoustix
**Ceremony begins - music stops
We’ve Only Just Begun                              sung live by Christy
Time After Time                                          sung live by Ted
**Ceremony ends - music resumes
Finally!                                                          Ce Ce Peniston
Time After Time                                          Margaret Whiting
At Last                                                           Etta James
Misty                                                              Johnny Mathis
What Are You Doing Rest of Your Life?  The Real Group
Dancing Queen                                            Abba
Come Rain or Come Shine                        Bette Midler
You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To       Julie London
We've Only Just Begun                              Carpenters
Happiness is Just a Thing Called Joe     Judy Garland
Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square    Manhattan Transfer
Express Yourself                                         Madonna
Chances Are                                                 Johnny Mathis
Firework                                                       Katy Perry
Embraceable You                                       Sarah Vaughn
Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered       Laura Fygi
Day By Day                                                 Accoustix
All The Things You Are                            Ella Fitzgerald
Candy                                                           Manhattan Transfer
For Sentimental Reasons                         Linda Ronstadt
For Once In My Life                                  Stevie Wonder
Body and Soul                                            The Real Group
Moves Like Jagger                                    Adam Levine
I’ve Got the World on a String               Ella Fitzgerald
Can You Feel The Love Tonight            Elton John
I Got a Feeling/Tonight’s the Night     Black Eyed Peas
Skylark                                                       The Real Group
Love Shack                                                B-52s
It Had To Be You                                     Harry Connick, Jr
Macarena                                                   Los Dos Rio
Unfortgettable                                          Nat King Cole
Wind Beneath My Wings                       Bette Midler
Love Boat                                                   Dominic Hauser
I Won’t Last a Day Without You           Carpenters
Caught Up In The Rapture of Love      Anita Baker
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life        Stevie Wonder
Our Love is Here to Stay                        Julie London
Can’t Get Enough of Your Love            Barry White
Glory of Love                                            Bette Midler
How Sweet It Is                                        James Taylor
Holiday                                                      Madonna
When I Fall In Love                                Linda Ronstadt
L-O-V-E                                                     Nat King Cole
Truly, Madly, Deeply                              Savage Garden
Body and Soul                                          The Real Group
True Colors                                               Cyndi Lauper
Fever                                                          Peggy Lee
Oo-La-La-La                                             Teena Marie
Tuxedo Junction                                      Manhattan Transfer
Shake Your Groove Thing                      Peaches & Herb
Shadow of your Smile                             Astrid Gilberto
Crazy Little Thing Called Love              Queen
Out On a Limb                                          Teena Marie
I’m Coming Out                                        Diana Ross
I Have Nothing                                         Whitney Houston
Get Into The Groove                                Madonna
I Knew I Loved You                                 Savage Garden
If I Were A Bell                                         Teena Marie
Lucky Star                                                  Madonna
When Sunny Gets Blue                            Johnny Mathis
Livin’ La Vida Loca                                   Ricky Martin
Heart’s Desire                                            Manhattan Transfer
Yellow Diamonds                                      Rihanna
Sweet Love                                                 Anita Baker
This Time The Dream’s On Me              Ella Fitzgerald
Take A Chance On Me                             Abba
Girl From Ipanema                                  Astrid Gilberto
You’re The Top                                         Ethel Merman
Vogue                                                         Madonna
Someone To Watch Over Me                 Sarah Vaughn
DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love                       Usher
Stairway to the Stars                               Ella Fitzgerald
For All We Know                                      Bette Midler
Its De-Lovely                                             Ethel Merman
Until I Met You                                         Manhattan Transfer
Borderline                                                  Madonna

As you can see there was a mixture of older and current songs, ballads and up-tempo songs.  Obviously the running theme of the playlist was love and romance.  I was really happy with the way it turned out.  

As I heard the songs playing in the background the entire night I kept thinking "Oh, I love this song!", and then I'd remember that I created the playlist!


anne marie in philly said...

it wouldn't be your playlist if ella were not involved! GREAT dance tunes!

truthspew said...

Nice mix! Love the fact that Finally is the first song at the end of the ceremony.

Were we to do ours I suspect there'd be some Sinatra in there, maybe a little Jack Johnson, and maybe some Azymuth, Incognito. Just to keep it going.

cb said...

Damn that a lot of music! I would've just let my iTunes play random shit and been done with it! :-)

Stan said...

What ever happened to Manhattan Transfer?