Day 23 – A song that you want to play at your wedding: "Such Great Heights"

“Such Great Heights” – The Postal Service

So, this gives me a chance to gush a bit about how much I love my missus.  I’m not much for big events (I hate most ‘milestone’ events — for myself or others — finding them at best a big let-down or, at worst, a reminder of the impermanence of any given moment of happiness … sorry to be Captain Bringdown), but our wedding is, in my memory, one of those times that really was better than I’d ever dreamed it could be, and it’s all because of who I’d shared it with! Friends and family of ours from all over the country — heck, some from other parts of the world, came together and had a great party. It was a huge conflagration of folks and, I would like to think, an unpretentious and fun experience for all. But, most importantly, it was the wedding that we wanted it to be, and music was very central to it.

Thems some fancy outfits

The Hussy and I actually played “Such Great Heights” together at our wedding — that is, we performed it. As music-nerds, we wanted to not only have a cool playlist for our ceremony — which we did — and great singers for the songs — which we most definitely did, we wanted to play a couple of songs together. The tunes we chose for pre-ceremony were:

Don Eanes (on keys), David Hart (vocals), and Chad Light (guitar)

“Maybe I’m Amazed” – Wings (sung by Don Eanes)

“I Will Follow You Into the Dark” – Death Cab for Cutie (sung by David Hart)

Wedding March: “The Final Countdown” – Europe

Vanessa Bentley

“To Make You Feel My Love” – Bob Dylan (sung by Vanessa Bentley)

We had a great bluegrass band for our reception, Meridian, and they played “Tennessee Waltz” when we came into the barn (yes, our reception was in a barn). After eating and dancing some, we took the stage along with many of our rock and roll compatriots, commenced to rocking. My now-wife and I played “Such Great Heights” and Teddy Thompson’s “Altered State”; the combined forces of many of my bands, past and present, kept it rocking on into the night. The wonderful night.

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About russellwriter

Rob Russell is a dad, husband, writer, musician, educator, comic book reader, bad solderer, pop culture junky, trivia buff and student of everything cool and uncool. His favorite records are Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and, currently, The Best of Bobbie Gentry: The Capitol Years. His favorite comic books are Kurt Busiek's Astro City and Neil Gaiman's Sandman. His favorite literary novels are Gabrial Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. His favorite genre novels are John Scalzi's Red Shirts, M.R. Carrey's The Girl with All the Gifts, and Dan Simmons' Drood. His favorite movie is Goodfellas. His favorite hobby, besides everything, is writing about himself and his favorite things in the third person.

Posted on May 9, 2011, in 30 Songs, Pop Culture, Rock and Roll and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. *heart*

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