Wednesday, June 27, 2007

"It’s a nice day for a white wedding..."

So as I mentioned in my previous entry I am going to a wedding in DC this weekend. It is in fact, my lovelies, that time of year again: Wedding Season. Today I received an invitation to a friend’s wedding, and in July and September I have more friends tying the knot. A gal in my office got married this weekend as well. Maybe it’s due to the fact that I am getting older and more and more of my friends are pairing off, but it seems like more people I know are getting hitched.

And then a few days ago I got my newsletter/update from the NPR show I adore, All Songs Considered, and in the side bar was a story by NPR music producer Stephen Thompson about how he put together a wedding mix for his niece to use during dinner:

I love his mix of songs and think any of them would be beautiful for wedding day use, especially “Passenger Seat” by Death Cab For Cutie and “Question” by the Old 97’s. I always thought Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” was a bit on the sad side, but I guess it’s all in the way you interpret it. In any case it’s a great list.

Whenever I attend a wedding or talk to someone who went to one, I am always curious on what song was played when the couple had their first dance. I always like to know if the couple was creative enough to dance to something else beside “At Last” by Etta James. Don’t get me wrong, I love that song, but really it can’t be everyone’s song.

I’ll be honest with you I am really not at a point in my life yet where I am seriously thinking about marriage. Maybe it is due to the fact that I am single, or maybe because I’m in no rush. In any case I am not wedding focused. However, with all this wedding talk going on around me, I start to think about me and what I would want to do. And I have gotten as far as I don’t want to get married in my hometown.

But since I am a music junkie, it is clear that I must have great music. So since Stephen Thompson has provided such a great list of songs, I feel that I now must also give my two cents. Fell free to use these for your own wedding or maybe you can make a mixed CD for a bride and/or groom you know. Sorry they are so hipster heavy…

“First Day of My Life”—Bright Eyes

“Yours is the first face that I saw

I think I was blind before I met you
Now I don’t know where I am I don’t know where I’ve been
But I know where I want to go…”

“I Will Follow You Into the Dark”—Death Cab for Cutie

“If there's no one beside you

When your soul embarks
Then I'll follow you into the dark…”

“Grow Old With Me”—Postal Service or the original by John Lennon

“Grow old along with me,
The best is yet to be…”

“Such Great Heights”—The Postal Service (Iron & Wine and Ben Folds also cover this song)

“I am thinking it's a sign that the freckles
In our eyes are mirror images and when
We kiss they're perfectly aligned
And I have to speculate that God himself
Did make us into corresponding shapes like
Puzzle pieces from the clay…”

“Be Here Now”—Mason Jennings
“You are the love of my life
You are the love of my life
Yeah you know you are...”

“Galaxies”—Laura Veirs

“When we kiss, when we kiss
Bears and boulders vibrate through the air…”

“Beautiful”—Smashing Pumpkins

“Beautiful, you're beautiful, as beautiful as the sun
Wonderful, you're wonderful, as wonderful as they come...”

“The Book of Love”—The Magnetic Fields or original by Peter Gabriel
“I love it when you sing to me and you
You can sing me anything…”

“Playground Love”—Air

“I'm a high school lover, and you're my favorite flavor

Love is all, all my soul
You're my Playground Love…”

“Somersault”—Zero 7

“You put my feet back on the ground

Did you know you brought me around
You were sweet and you were sound
You saved me…”

“I Go To The Barn Because I Like The”—Band of Horses
“I'll wait for you to come down

Where you'll find me
Where we'll shine…”

“Fool Says”—M. Ward

“Hey, you ain't never met a fool like me before

You ain't never met a fool like me before
They told you all romantic fools had died
I'm here to tell you that they lied…”

“Luckiest”—Ben Folds

“And where was I before the day

That I first saw your lovely face?
Now I see it everyday, and I know...”

“Wild Horses”—The Sundays or the original by The Rolling Stones

“Wild horses couldn't drag me away

Wild, wild horses, couldn't drag me away…”

“About You”—Jesus and Mary Chain
“I can seeThat you and me

Live our lives in the pouring rain
And the raindrops beat out of time to our refrain…”

“Love Song”—The Cure

“Whenever I'm alone with you

You make me feel like I am home again…”

“Maps”—Yeah Yeah Yeahs

“They don't love you like I love you…”

“Great Expectations”—Elbow

“We exchanged a vow

I love you I always will…”

“The Everthere”—Elbow

“If I loose a sequin here and there

More salt than pepper in my hair
Can I rely on youWhen all the songs are through
To be for me the everthere, everthere…”

“Number 1”—Goldfrapp

“You're my favourite moment

You're my Saturday…”

“Come Close”—Common
“Come close to me baby
Let your love hold you
I know this world is crazy
What's it without you…”

“This Will Be Our Year”—Pablo or the original by The Zombies

“Now we're there
And we've only just begun
This will be our year
Took a long time to come...”

“Love You More”—Alexi Murdoch

“Love you more than anyone

Love you more in time to come
Love you more…”

Well at this point my brain is a bit fried. I know there are songs I am leaving out, and I know this list could go on for days! But I will stop here. Happy Wedding Season!


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