Wednesday, March 7, 2012

That's Why I'm Always Hangin Round You

When the boy and I started talking about first dance songs, we had some pretty opposite opinions. If you were to ask him for a suggestion he'd probably go with Closer by Nine Inch Nails, and if you were to ask me I pick something by the Backstreet Boys, so obviously we needed a compromise.

The one type of music (out of a select few) out of a select is something classic, like Frank Sinatra, except I didn't want to use a song that I've heard over and over. I'd love to use something like Somewhere Over the Rainbow or Songbird, but I didn't want it to be something that everyone expected or had heard before. It doesn't help either that out of the last 4 weddings I've been to 3 of them have had the same first dance song, so basically the first qualification was that it would have to be someone unique.

The second qualification was something we I could dance to. I wouldn't classify myself as a dancer or even having any type of rhythm, so finding something where I wouldn't make myself look like a fool was another want.

I remember reading how Mrs. D'orsay's first dance song was Pride and Joy by Stevie Ray Vaughn, which I loved because not only was it unique (ignoring the fact I didn't come up with the idea myself), and it's a song that has a meaning for us. It's actually one of the boy's favorite songs, and when we first started dating he set it as his ring tone in my phone. It's actually the only ring tone he's ever had because I no longer take the time to download them. But while I loved the idea and meaning behind it, there's no way I could actually dance to it.

Mrs. D'orsey's First Dance
At this point I hadn't really given a whole lot of thought to the first dance decision, until the boy came home from work one day and asked me to listen to this...
It was 'Deed I Do by Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie. To be honest I hadn't heard the song before, and while I did know who Ella Fitzgerald was, I had no idea about Count Basie. Although I've since been told by the boy that he along with Duke Ellington are "the bee's knees."

But even though it's a song that didn't have a significant meaning before hand I like the message and the lyrics, it's fairly unique, and it's something I can dance to. Basically, mission accomplished!

Did you have a hard time coming up with a first dance song? What criteria did you use to select one?


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  2. we went through the same thing- and then one day, we were watching a movie together (Bridget Jones' Diary) and at the end, we both turned and looked at each other and said "that's the song!" and that was it!

    We had another song we consider "our song" but it isn't one you dance to (In your Eyes by Peter Gabriel) so it turned out being "Someone Like You" by Van Morrison. Perfect! :)

  3. I let my husband pick most of the songs for our wedding. One of the only things i could release control of (but dont tell I'm that's the reason) He picked 3 songs for our wedding song, one Harry connick jr, one Beatles and the one we decided on - Bill Withers 'Just the Two of Us'. It sums our relationship up perfectly - we are better as a team than apart. Don't aske me about the rest of the lyrics though :)