Monday, January 28, 2008

Play that funky music

We're comin' down to the line, ladies and gents!!! We are officially 12 days from The Big Day today. Hard to believe. And with it getting so close, I'm doing all kinds of juggling to make things happen. Today my boss actually said, "Maybe you should think about taking at least one more day off in addition to your other days so you can really be ready." Uhhhh... kind of a not so obvious hint, eh? I bet she thinks I'm going crazy with everything going on. Probably since I think I said so (verbatim) in the midst of the conversation.

Anyway, today I managed to do my job AND multi-task by getting some contracts and vendors confirmed in addition to making some major headway with our song list. Here's what I've managed to pull together within the last few days:

Entrance/Introduction - "At Last" by Etta James

First dance
- "Groovy Kinda Love" by Phil Collins

Father/bride dance - "Danny's song" by Kenny Loggins

Mother/groom dance - "First time ever I saw your face" sung by Celine Dion

Anniversary dance (we aren't doing the garter/bouquet toss) - "Everything" by Michael Buble

Kids' dance - "Baby Elephant walk" by Henry Mancini

Cake cutting
- "Young at heart" by Sinatra

Last Dance/Farewell
- "I swear" by John Michael Montgomery

At the start of the meal
- the typical rundown of jazz standards to include the following:
-"Cheek to cheek" by Ella Fitzgerald
-"Misty" version by Jane Monheit
-"Love and Marriage" by Sinatra
- anything Tony Bennett
- "More" by Bobby Darin
- "L-O-V-E" by Nat King Cole
- "East of the Sun" by Diana Krall
- anything by Sinatra
- anything by Michael Buble
- anything by Ella Fitzgerald
- anything by Harry Connick Jr.

Other songs that we would like to be played (if possible) - those with asterisks we definitely want:

- "Memories are made of this" by Dean Martin*
- "You Are My Only One" by James Taylor*
- "It had to be you" by Harry Connick Jr.*
- "Love of My Life" by Santana/Dave Matthews Band*
- "A love that will last" by Renee Olstead
- "To make you feel my love" by Garth Brooks
- "God blessed the broken road" by Rascal Flats
- "Stick wit you" by Pussycat Dolls
- "We are man and wife" by Michelle Featherstone
- "Gotta have you" by The Weepies
- "You've got a way" by Shania Twain
- "Come what may" from Moulin Rouge soundtrack
- "Valentine" by Martina McBride
- "The Gift" (duet) with Jim Brickman
- "Beauty and the Beast" (duet) with Celine Dion
- "When I fall in Love" (duet) with Celine Dion
- "At the beginning" duet with Richard Marx
- "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynard Skynard
- "Stand by Me" by Ben E. King
- "Shower the People" by James Taylor
- "Hips don't lie" by Shakira
- "Hey Ya" by Outkast
- "Brown eyed Girl" by Van Morrison
- "Build me up buttercup" by the Foundations
- "Ain't no other man" by Christina Aguilera
- "Material Girl" by Madonna
- "Blister in the Sun" by Violent Femmes
- "Brick house" by the Commodores
- "RESPECT" by Aretha Franklin
- "The Twist" by Chubby Checker
- "1,2,step" by Ciara
- "Sway" - Pussycat dolls
- "Little wonders" by Rob Thomas
- "Cause I love you" duet by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
- "Put your records on" by Corinne Bailey Rae
- "Zoot suit riot" by Cherry Poppin' Daddies
- "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins
- "Girls just wanna have fun" by Cyndi Lauper
- "Stayin' Alive" by Bee Gees
- "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi
- "Old Time Rock n Roll" by Bob Seger
- "Heaven" by DJ Sammy
- "Crazy little thing called love" by Queen
- "Shook me all night long" by AC/DC
- "Dancing Queen" by ABBA
- "Can't help myelf" by the Four Tops

Please DO NOT PLAY any of the following:
- "Love Shack" by B-52's
- "Macarena"
- Any "club" mixes/remixes/music
- Anything by Britney Spears
- Anything with profanity (there will be a lot of children present!)
- "Chicken Dance"
- "Hokey Pokey"
- "Conga"
- "Locomotion"
- anything by Hinder
- anything by Nickelback
- "Who Let the Dogs out" by Baha Men
- "My humps" by Black eyed peas

Not too shabby considering I got a major amount of this accomplished today alongside teaching "Read aloud strategies" and "Organizational patterns of informational texts." Go ahead - inflate my ego. I'm AWESOME.

*Not really but please let me humor myself because I feel a little guilty after just eating an entire half a block of cheese in about 10 minutes - eating for two right? I take this SERIOUSLY!*

Anyway, I'm kind of excited about our song list! I never realized that I have so many "favorite" type songs. I had a hard time getting started but then I googled for other people's play lists and took notes from them - especially with regard to the "DO NOT PLAY" portion at the end.

Some things that we are doing specifically are adding things like a "Kids' dance" since we are having a significant number of little chitlin's under the age of 7 in attendance and the "Baby Elephant Walk" is a personal favorite of husband2be and mine that has served as inspiration for the nursery theme that we are going with for our baby! I can't wait to see all of the little ones on the dance floor "bustin' their groove thangs" *yes - I said thangs!* to this very silly song. And you better believe that husband2be and I will be out there with them!!!

Another thing that we are doing is the songs that are marked with asterisks are all ones that were played as the "First Dances" for each of our brothers/sisters and parents. We don't expect any of them to get up and do any kind of spotlight dancing but we figure it's a good way to a) recognize them as family members, b) allow them to hear "their songs" because how often does that happen(?), and c) automatically get them out of the dance floor to "inspire" others to dance!

Husband2be sort-of helped to compile this list. It's been mostly me doing it but he's going to be looking at it and probably adding his own songs in there because I know he wants some George Clinton - he's mentioned this before.

I'd say we're pretty good to go though if this is what we end up going from. Not bad at all, I think.


Blogger Miss Annapolis said...

Fabulous..., you've taken half the work out of finding the right songs.... but more importantly... you've highlighted the WRONG songs.... (I'm meeting with the hopeful DJs/bands mid-feb)

Monday, January 28, 2008 9:43:00 PM  

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