Day 23 - A song you want played at your wedding
"Pride & Joy" by Stevie Ray Vaughan
Please note, Doug and I will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary in June. I don't plan on having another wedding, so I'll tell you about our reception. We didn't have a DJ or dancing at our wedding. Not because we're anti-dance, or for religious reasons. We couldn't really justify doing it, the cost was prohibitive. And we both prefer NOT dancing for the most part. At a wedding, the same stupid dances get done over and over. Electric Slide, Macarena, BORING.
We wanted people to mingle, talk, discuss, HEAR one another instead of get drowned out by some schmoe with a microphone who thinks he is part stand up comedian, part magician.
We didn't want a DJ. But we did want music, we just didn't want corny wedding/dance music. We told our families this, that there would be no dancing at our wedding. Some of them pushed back, aghast... like a reception without dancing would be some how ANATHEMA and SACRILEGE! But we ignored them. Shut up. There will be beer. Just relax. Jeeesh.
Anyway, we rented bigassed speakers at Daddy's Junky Music in New Hampshire (the same day we drove up and bought cases of wine at the NH state liquor store. Our first visit there but not our last). We asked our friends Gregg and Jon to "pick music." We told them to bring all their favorite CDs and just put them on, run the show. We trusted them to make great choices. And they did.
Gregg and Jon had hooked a CD player up to the bigassed speakers, and they had their collections spread out on the stage at the Hamilton-Wenham Community Hall. They were picking through what to play... and had put a CD into the CD player, and we arrived and walked into the hall to "Pride & Joy" by Stevie Ray. I had on dark sunglasses and someone popped an Amstel Light into my hand. We didn't get "introduced" by anyone. We just arrived, and people clapped and cheered, and yeah. It was perfect.