Saturday, September 13, 2008

Advice, Please

Thank you all for the wonderful marriage/sex/kinky advice. I'm sure we'll, um, use all of your suggestions in one way or another. :-)

Anyway, I need help on a more serious front. M and I have a dear friend who has agreed to be our iPod DJ for the reception, but I have to help her make up the playlist. I'm seeking ideas for the dinner playlist and the after-dinner-dancing playlist. Dinner music will be Michael Buble/ Frank Sinatra/ jazzy-ish. After dinner, anything goes.

We need to fill up several hours with music, so I'd appreciate any and all ideas. sparkle suggested that we take our top ten or twenty favorites and make them into an iTunes playlist, so maybe we can do that.


Dr. Ken said...

How about "Love Stinks" by the J. Geils Band? :-)

Dr. Ken

Indy said...

Ken, what would you have them play next, Pat Benatar's "Hit Me with Your Best Shot"?!!

Oh, right, that would be an inside joke at this particular wedding.

Seriously, a little Madeleine Peyroux would be great during dinner.

Elspeth said...

Anything goes, eh? Okay, then ...

"How Can I Fall?" - Butterflies Attack featuring Joe Murena

"Farther up the Road" - Mick Hucknall

"Pocketful of Sunshine" - Natasha Bedingfield

"Angels on the Moon" - Thriving Ivory

"One Headlight" - The Wallflowers

"The Time of my Life" - David Cook

"Awake" - Josh Groban

"Make Some Noise" - Krystal Meyers

Iris said...

Oooh, Elspeth, I'm intrigued by your suggestions! I only recognize two of them, so I think I'll have to do a little research tonight...

Thank you! And Indy, good call on the Madeleine Peyroux. Perfect for dinner and exactly the style I'm looking for.

Season said...

Hi Iris! Best wishes on your upcoming wedding!

I love reading your blog! Thought I'd chime in with some wedding dance music suggestions. I have been a bridesmaid/maid of honor in so many weddings, that movie 27 dresses could have been about me. :-)
I'm not sure if your going for a "classy" dance set or good old-fashioned "fun" dance music. But I've observed at countless weddings that the following songs never seem to fail to get people out on the floor:
Mony Mony
Cotton-Eyed Joe
Beer Barrel Polka
Jump, Jive, and Wail (Brian Setzer Orchestra)
Chicken Dance (I know I know - everyone groans, but then everyone does it)
You Should Be Dancing (Bee Gees) - assuming you have a few disco lovers in the crowd
Soul Man (Blues Brothers)
Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys (Willie Nelson)

For romantic slow songs here are some of my favorites:
To Make You Feel My Love (many people have covered it - I love Louise Setara's version)
The Way You Look Tonight (Rod Stewart has a nice version)
Crazy Love (Brian McKnight or Scott Ainslie or Maura O'Connell all have nice versions)
Turn Me On - Norah Jones
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing (although I adore the Aerosmith version, the Mark Chestnutt version is probably a bit more wedding dance friendly)

Have fun!

sparkle said...

I needed to something to obsess about. :)

Some of these are repeats from above, but hey... for the dinner time stuff, there's also Eva Cassidy.

Other random music (I make no judgment as to whether M would enjoy it...):

"What A Beautiful Day", "Chicks Dig It" by Chris Cagle

"It All Comes Down to Love" and "What the World Needs" by Wynonna Judd

"All-American Girl" by Carrie Underwood

The Beatles

"Fly Me High", "Saved by the Music" and "Bless the Wings" by the Moody Blues

"Unbelievable", "Beautiful Mess" by Diamond Rio

"Calling All Angels" by Train

"Happy Girl" and "Blessed" by Martina McBride

"This Is The Life" by Billy Dean

"Love Is A Beautiful Thing" and "Just Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Vassar

"The Time of My Life" by David Cook. Incidentally, we have David Cook's album "Analog" from his pre-Idol days if you want it.

Definitely "Pocketful of Sunshine" by Natasha, and *early* in the evening. :)

"Love of My Life" by Jim Brickman

"Search for the Hero", "Sight for Sore Eyes" by M People

"The Best Day" by George Strait

"Put A Girl In It", "Rock My World (Little Country Girl)" by Brooks & Dunn

"Crackers" by Sara Evans

"Beautiful Day" by U2

"She's A Hottie" and "High Maintenance Woman" by Toby Keith

"Think" by Katharine McPhee

"Firecracker" by Josh Turner

"Livin' In Our Love Song" by Jason Michael Carroll

"I Love My Life" by Jamie O'Neal

"Here for the Party" by Gretchen Wilson

"You Light Up My Life" by Leann Rimes

"You Look Good In My Shirt", "Making Memories of Us" by Keith Urban

My bratty instincts suggest also (but would defer to your more measured judgment in the matter):

"Shake Your Booty" by KC & the Sunshine Band
"Independence Day" Martina McBride
"I Kissed A Girl" Kate Perry
"Faster than Angels Fly" Big & Rich
"Hurts So Good" by John Mellencamp
"Shameless" Billy Joel or Garth Brooks
"Wild One" by Faith Hill
"Six Foot Town" by Big & Rich
"Respect" by Aretha Franklin
"Wild Child" by W.A.S.P.
"Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf
"Once Bitten Twice Shy" by Great White
"Put Your Lights On" by Santana. :) And other music by Santana.
"When God-Fearin' Women Get the Blues" by Martina McBride
"Teach U A Lesson" by Robin Thicke

Indy said...

Lol @ sparkle's 'bratty instincts list.'

I recently had a very big strong top sing "When God-Fearin' Women Get the Blues" while he was spanking me. He just seemed to think I'd find it amusing.

i did.

Iris said...

Flipping awesome!

Thank you, friends!

[Keep the ideas coming...]

Season said...

Can't believe I forgot this song! It's another possibility for a slow romantic dance:

When You Say Nothing At All by Ronan Keating

I agree with Sparkle - Eva Cassidy is marvelous!

Dr. Ken said...

I think it's safe to say that this list is definitely "after-dinner".... :-)

Sway -- Pussycat Dolls

Bleeding Love -- Leona Lewis

Smooth -- Santana

Into the Night -- also Santana

Walk of Life -- Dire Straits

I Can't Dance -- Genesis

Low -- Flo Rida

Hanky Panky -- Madonna

Float On -- Modest Mouse

Modern Love -- David Bowie

White Wedding -- Billy Idol

How Long -- Eagles

Velcro Fly -- ZZ Top

Dr. Ken said...

Would you rather I had suggested Pat Benatar's, "Love Is A Battlefield"? :-)

IRIS -- a few possible Dinner Music songs.....

Mediterraneo--Marc Antoine

Gringo -- Marc Antoine

African Night--Al Di Meola

Flirt -- Mindi Abair

Momo -- Mindi Abair

Dr. Ken said...

Another one for "Dinner Music"--

Inner Changes -- Jazzmasters

Ok, I'm stopping now....:-)

Dr. Ken

ZED and ginger said...

We too are dealing with this for our reception. There are websites (use google) you can go to that will have lists and lists of songs for different parts of the reception -- love songs for slow dancing, party songs for regular dancing.

Are you having a father/daughter dance? We're using the song "Cinderella" by Steven Curtis Chapman for that particular dance. He is a Christian artist but the song itself has no Christian reference.

Jigsaw Analogy said...

Just got around to checking your blog... I should dig around and see if we still have the playlist from our wedding.

One song that I really like (and where I got the name of my blog) is "Breathin'" by the Asylum Street Spankers. Here's a link to them singing it.

I'll ask W if she can remember any of the other songs we played. I *do* remember that we had pretty much everyone at the wedding on the dance floor at various points (ranging in age from 18 months to 84 years old).