Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Ceremony Music Ideas

Many people have trouble picking ceremony music because they don't have a lot of experience doing it. Here are 10 suggested songs you can sample and listen to below to get your imagination flowing.

In the past, clients have chosen everything from Faith Hill to Vivaldi for their processional music. As always, personal preference/ what sounds good to you, is key.

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1. "Por Amor"- Andrea Bocelli. You may recognize Andrea Bocelli from his duet with Celine Dion on "The Prayer". On "Por Amor", Bocelli's operatic voice may give you goose bumps. Although it is sung in Italian, the emotion expressed is universal!

2. "Cavatina" is a classical, beautiful, acoustic guitar piece that has been a traditional favorite for generations.

3. "Whisper of a Thrill" was the captivating theme song from the award winning soundtrack of "Meet Joe Black".

4. Vangelis is the master of the epic soundscape. On "Hymne" he uses synthesizers to create a wave of sweeping emotion.

5. "Storybook Love" from the soundtrack of "The Princess Bride" has a classic feel and the perfect cadence for a walk down the aisle.

6. "Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World"- Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. "Brother Iz" sings with understated emotion on this popular favorite.

7. George Winston's take on classical anthem, "Ode To Joy", is a delight. No stuffy pretense here, just great solo piano!

8. "No Holly for Miss Quinn"- Enya. Enya's music is both ethereal and spiritual- perfect for a ceremony processional.

9. "Stairway To Heaven" by London Philharmonic Orchestra is not everyone's cup of tea but it demonstrates the power of classical reinterpretation. A full orchestra playing a unique arrangement of a popular song can add a new dimension.

10. "Wonderful Tonight"- Amber Rose Guitar Duo. This guitar instrumental of Eric Clapton's classic love song will have you humming along.

Happy Listening,

DJ Craig

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Strawberry Fields Forever For Christina & Craig

Feb. 28, 2009

Christine and Craig weren't satisfied with planning just another reception. They turned their wedding day at Strawberry Farms in Irvine into an event to remember!

They made their Grand Entrance to the dramatic strains of Eminem's "Lose Yourself", then launched right into the First Dance- "Better Together" by Jack Johnson.

After several toasts and a wonderful meal, dancing began again with the traditional Father/Daughter Dance. "Cinderella" by Steven Curtis Chapman rang out as Christine and her father, Fred, took the floor.

Then a surprise performance took the stage when the Bride, Groom and several bridesmaids performed a dance and lip sync to Abba's "Dancing Queen".

Open dancing began as the energized guests packed the floor. Highlights included 80s flashback "867-5309/Jenny", "In The Ayer" by Flo Rida and "It Takes Two" by Rob Base.

We finally closed the evening out with Christine and Craig's requested last song, "Anyone Else But You" by The Moldy Peaches.

Special thanks to Heather and her staff at Strawberry Farms for helping the reception to unfold without a hitch!

Our set up included a two speaker Yamaha digital sound system, two sound active, intelligent dance floor lights and a classic mirror ball.

Here's to another great beginning!

DJ Craig