Name That Tune (And Be VERY Specific.)

Posted by Dave

For many brides, the most nerve-wracking event of their wedding day is not the vows or the honeymoon night. It is a rite which comes in between: the first dance. Knowing that all eyes will be on them, some brides and grooms rehearse endlessly the exact steps, dips, and dives of that spotlight dance, only to discover – too late – that the band or deejay misunderstood exactly which music the “happy” couple desired.

In my career, I have played Aretha Franklin’s “Baby I Love You” when the bride was actually expecting an Andy Kim song of the same name, and once performed “The Best Of Times” (a Broadway show tune) when a Styx anthem of identical title was desired.

Such glaring errors (there’s nothing quite like having the bride stop in her tracks and say “what the **** is that?” to get the reception off to a great start) are easily avoided. When requesting her special song, a bride must merely say something like, “we love Rod Stewart’s rendition of ‘Time After Time’” – which is a completely different composition from Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.” Even the right song can be played wrong – Michael Buble’s take on “Try A Little Tenderness” is very different from the Otis Redding or 3 Dog Night versions. So it’s crucial that your musicians know not only what song to play, but also which version.

Communicating the correct title is also vital. For instance, I know 2 separate songs called “Memories,” neither one of which are from the Broadway show “Cats.” (That hit is actually called “Memory” – singular.) If you want to ensure that Andrew Lloyd Webber is playing as you go into your choreography, Name That Tune accurately.

Otherwise, even before you get started, you could be singing “The Party’s Over” (which is either a Polly Bergen ballad or a Willie Nelson honky tonker. Take your pick – but both of them will start your first dance on the wrong foot.)


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