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First Dance

October 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Ok everyone. I admit it. We cheated.

We went three months after the actual wedding without dancing and considered saving our “first dance” for the reception…but I gave in and finally asked Charles to dance with me at a wedding in August. It just seemed wrong to not dance with my own husband!

Choosing a song for our “first dance” (or third if we want to be honest) was probably one of the hardest things we did. I had a full list of possible songs in mind…all of which were struck down by Charles as being too “top 40” or too overused.

He would hear random songs when we were in the car together and suggest them…but I didn’t really want to open our reception with Flock of Seagulls or anything similar.

It probably wasn’t until maybe two weeks before the wedding that we finally decided on a song (with lots of help from our best man, Gavin).

He suggested Ben Harper’s Beloved One, and as soon as I heard the lyrics, I knew it was just perfect for us:

We have both been here before
Knockin’ upon love’s door
Begging for someone to let us in
Knowing this we can agree to keep each other company
Never to go down that road again

My beloved one
My beloved one

Your eyes shine through me
You are so divine to me
Your heart has a home in mine
We won’t have to say a word
With a touch all shall be heard
When I search my heart it’s you I find

My beloved one
My beloved one
My beloved one

You were meant for me
I believe you were sent to me
From a dream straight into my arms
Hold your body close to me
You mean most to me
We will keep each other safe from harm

My beloved one
My beloved one
My beloved one
My beloved one

Musical Monday – A chance for compromise

June 26, 2011 Leave a comment

One of the many choices a couple has to face in planning their wedding is band vs. DJ.

Charles had his heart set on a band (not a “wedding” band per say, but a specific band). I’ve always preferred the versitility of a DJ to play music for all tastes, and to double as an MC.

So what are we to do?

At this point, it seems like compromise. I’m getting pretty much everything I want out of the wedding ceremony itself…so why shouldn’t he have some veto power over the reception?

When you can’t decide…let’s just do both. Thankfully he’s friendly with the band, so we should get them at an amazing price. Enough to still hire a DJ? We’re hoping so!

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I ♥ Pandora

Seriously, how did people enjoy music before Pandora? Did we seriously listen to the radio and just suffer through songs we didn’t like?

I’ve gotten a lot of inspiration for wedding songs from Pandoras suggestions of music I may like. I’m sure we won’t use all of it. But I can’t even imagine trying to find new music to suit my taste without this handy app on my phone.

My latest favorite, La Vie en Rose by Louis Armstrong.

How did you find music for your wedding?

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My Favorite Things – Music Downloads

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s no secret that I’m an easily distracted person.

Look! Something shiny!!

But really, at work, if I’m hearing the microwave beep, the phone ring, the guy next door belch, etc.; I’m not going to get ANYTHING done.

This is nothing new.

At my old job, we started a habit of “going into my world” when we were super busy and trying to be productive. It was as simple as a pair of earbuds. (Ear buds aren’t very noticable, so we started wearing “thinking caps,” but thankfully, I no longer have to wear a construction hat at work!)

It’s amazing that even though it’s blaring right in your ear, how music can help some of us to relax, focus, calm down, etc.

So, my most recent/most favorite music downloads have been:

1. Parenthood, the Soundtrack. I never paid much attention to soundtracks until I was in college. In one of my media classes, I wrote a story on conglomeration and how music was being advertised through TV shows. Since then, I notice. And I’m glad I noticed with Parenthood. This soundtrack including Bob Dylan, the Avett Brothers and Ray LaMontagne (among others) plays like a mix tape made by a significant other. They’re not just love songs (mostly) but they’re the most interesting and underplayed love songs.

2. Guster’s Easy Wonderful. It was super kind of the fellas to release this album on my birthday, and this was one of two albums I bought for myself as a present. I have to admit, I was dissapointed by many of their more recent albums (I missed the bare-handed drum solos of the late-90s). But I love the feel of this album. It’s peppy and happy. There’s two songs about Jesus on it. How can you not love songs about Jesus?

3. Dar Williams’ Many Great Companions. This was the second album bought for my birthday (or just before it). There isn’t a whole lot that’s new about it, but it’s some of my favorite songs from college. It’s a great compilation.

4. James Taylor & Carole King Live at the Troubadour. This is another compilation, but even better than that, a Live album of their most recent tour. Sure, maybe Carole can’t hit the high notes like she used to, but the duo still amazes me and is even more spectacular when they’re performing together. I took Mom to the concert for her birthday this year, and I think we were both either weepy or laughing hysterically nearly all the way through. The album, while not as amazing as the show, is a great mix of favorites of both artists.

5. Pete’s Dragon Soundtrack. Ok. Fine. I didn’t download it. But I did copy my CD on to my ipod recently. There’s no better Disney musical score in my book.

What have been your most recent and most favorite downloads?

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