“The groom always smiles proudly because he’s convinced he’s accomplished something quite wonderful. The bride smiles because she’s been able to convince him of it.”
Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.
June has arrived, the most popular month for tying the knot. This week, some nice wedding reception music that will not include any polkas or the Macarena. Nothing wrong with that stuff, mind you. It’s just that we have a theme to adhere to.
Gonna get married, gonna have a party, gotta play some Sinatra. A natural is “The Way You Look Tonight,” sung originally in 1936 by Fred Astaire in the film, “Swing Time.”
Sinatra’s version is classic. From a danceability perspective (yeh, I’ve been known to trip the light fantastic), I really like Steve Tyrell’s rendition from “Father of the Bride II,” complete with strings and rich sax solo. Let’s say we give it a whirl.
Speaking of Sinatra, any idea what his biggest selling record was?
I recall hearing the answer on the radio a few years back and was somewhat surprised.
Strangers in the Night?
Fly Me to the Moon?
The Summer Wind?
You Make Me Feel So Young?
Actually it’s none of the above.
In the mid-60’s, Frank teamed up with his beautiful daughter for a memorable recording.
A more contemporary version makes for a great wedding song, although I’ll bet my house that if you request this particular version the wedding DJ won’t have it.
The Mavericks with lead singer Raul Malo are joined by Trisha Yearwood.
Cuddle up, couples.
Just look at that packed dance floor. Love those bumpers and grinders.
This next song was made famous in the 60’s and redone beautifully decades later. Again, great wedding reception material.
Y’know, they just don’t play enough slow numbers at weddings, despite the tons of super material.
Seems by 9, definitely 10:00, the record spinners, and they dominate wedding night entertainment these days, start appealing to those 24 and younger. A shame. They don’t know what they’re missing.
For years I’d give my friend, Jim Kaluzny a hand playing music at weddings. You learn quickly what the “Can’t Miss” classics are:
Can’t Help Falling in Love- Elvis
Crazy- Patsy Cline
Unforgettable- Nat King and Natalie Cole
Chances Are- Johnny Mathis
Summer Wind- Frank Sinatra
Put Your Head on My Shoulder- Paul Anka
Moonlight Serenade- Glenn Miller
Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
You Are Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Behind Closed Doors- Charlie Rich
Could I Have This Dance for the Rest of My Life?- Anne Murray
Close to You- Carpenters
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend all you sentimental fools.
Congratulations to all the brides and bridegrooms.
We close with a selection from the CD, “Disney’s Fairytale Weddings,” and it ain’t kids stuff.