Name that Tune…

Deciding what songs we wanted to feature in our ceremony and then have played at the reception was no easy task. At times it was random, others silly, yet could be complicated and just plain a hard task to focus on. But we did it!

Step 1. Music Merger

The first real step was combing through all the CDs we had independently stocked piled over the years. We ended up with three piles and lots of notes.

  • Pile 1, in alphabetical order, CDs we planned to keep
  • Pile 2, in random order, the CDs that go immediately to the Goodwill
  • Pile 3, the CDs we wanted to make sure we transferred at least a few songs to our iTunes before boxing them up for the Goodwill

Step 2. Favorites

We had a few “must plays”. We first knew we wanted to end the ceremony with U2’s a Beautiful Day. And, then Bailie asked that “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” be played (it is one of those songs that one of us gets in our head and soon we are all singing it). So we choose that for the song that she (and the Mother’s walk in to). The hardest one was what I would walk up the aisle to…

Step 3. Dueling Banjos

Then another night, closer to the wedding, we sat in the library, each playing snip after snip from our collections or online. And compiling a list of key songs to have the guitarist play (or put on an iPod to play on his breaks). It was great fun – sharing a few memories, both good and bad – picking music that meant something to us as individuals and as a couple. And Bill finally found the song that would lead me down the aisle: Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love”.

Step 4. Compile

The list. The laughter. The music. And then share with the musician. And Bailie so she could make a playlist for the night. She also was able to select three of “her” songs to add to the playlist.

And the night of…

We found our a musician didn’t plan to take breaks (in five hours – yikes!). And if he did, he had no way to play the iPod. Regardless, the ceremony music accompaniment was perfect (in our ears) and we had great background music the whole meal. We even snuck in an unplanned dance. Bill didn’t want dancing, he wanted it all about eating. However, he decided he would dance with me to Clapton’s Lady in Red (although I was in white…)

I never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight
I never seen you shine  so bright…mm hmm
I never seen so many men ask you if you wanted to  dance
Looking for a little romance
Given half the chance

I have  never seen that dress you’re wearing
Or the highlights in your hair…they  catch my eye
I have been blind

Lady in red is dancing with  me…cheek to cheek
There’s nobody here
It’s just you and me
It’s  where I wanna be
I hardly know
This beauty by my side
I’ll never  forget the way you look tonight

I’ve never seen you looking so gorgeous  as you did tonight
I’ve never seen you shine so bright
You’re  amazing
I never seen so many people want to be there by your side
And  when you turn to me and smile
You took my breath away
I have never had  such a feeling
Such a feeling of complete and utter love
As I do  tonight

Lady in red is dancing with me…cheek to cheek
There’s  nobody here
It’s just you and me
It’s where I wanna be
And I hardly  know
This beauty by my side
I’ll never forget the way you look  tonight

I never will forget
The way you look tonight
Lady in  red…
Lady in red…
Lady in red…
Lady in red…

Author: sheilashultz

Search marketer by day, full-time Mom by night...always looking for ways to find a few moments of "me" time.

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