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Wedding Playlist


Complete Playlist:

Song Artist Time
Green Hornet Al Hirt Pre-Ceremony
Miniskirt Combustible Edison & Esquivel! Pre-Ceremony
It’s Oh So Quiet Björk Pre-Ceremony
Zed’s Dead Baby/Bullwinkle Part II The Centurians Pre-Ceremony
French Rat Race The Double Six of Paris Pre-Ceremony
This Guy’s In Love With You Fastball Pre-Ceremony
Stardust Glen Miller Pre-Ceremony
The In Crowd Ramsey Lewis Pre-Ceremony
Bustin’ Surfboards The Tornados Pre-Ceremony
The Girl From Ipanema Herb Albert & the Tijuana Brass Pre-Ceremony
Pink Panther Theme Hollywood Studio Orchestra Pre-Ceremony
I Love Paris Jack Costanzo Pre-Ceremony
Glow Worm (CHa-CHa-CHa) Jackie Davis Pre-Ceremony
Mr. Ghost Goes to Town John Buzon Trio Pre-Ceremony
Red River Rock Johnny & The Hurricanes Pre-Ceremony
Meloncholy Serenade King Kurtis Pre-Ceremony
Voodoo Dreams Lex Baxter Pre-Ceremony
Surf Rider The Lively Ones Pre-Ceremony
Swamp Fire Martin Denny Pre-Ceremony
The In Crowd Ramsey Lewis Pre-Ceremony
Baby [1971] Os Mutantes Pre-Ceremony
MH Scott Wedding March Wedding Classics Wedding Processional
Wigwam Bob Dylan Wedding Recessional
Rebel Rouser Duane Eddy Wedding Party Announced
Sleepwalker Johnny and Santo First Dance – Scott & Mary
You Never Can Tell Chuck Berry Opening Dance Floor
Sweet Is the Melody Iris DeMent Father Daughter Dance
I’m Happy Just To Dance With You The Beatles Mother Son Dance
Our Love Is Here To Stay Ella and Louis Anniversary Dance
Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) Beyoncé Bouquet Dance Contest
Do the Clam Elvis Presley Special Dance-Off
Maybellene Chuck Berry Early Reception
Woo-Hoo The Rock-A-Teens Early Reception
Stay Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs Early Reception
Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis Early Reception
Charlie Brown Crazy Cajun Guys Early Reception
Come Softly to Me (Re-Recorded) The Fleetwoods Early Reception
You Send Me Sam Cooke Early Reception
Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry Early Reception
Splish Splash Bobby Darin Early Reception
Come Go With Me The Del Vikings Early Reception
Come On, Let’s Go (Single Version) Ritchie Valens Early Reception
Love Is Strange Mickey & Sylvia Early Reception
Do You Want to Dance Bobby Freeman Early Reception
It Takes Two to Tango Ray Charles Middle Reception
Buddy Holly Weezer Middle Reception
That’s How Strong My Love Is Otis Redding Middle Reception
Righteous Love Joan Osborne Middle Reception
American Music Violent Femmes Middle Reception
One Fine Day The Chiffons Middle Reception
Tell Me Something Good Maceo Parker Middle Reception
Everything Michael Bublé Middle Reception
I Saw Her Standing There The Beatles Middle Reception
Come On Eileen Dexy’s Midnight Runners Late Reception
Party All the Time Eddie Murphy Late Reception
Highway to the Danger Zone Kenny Loggins Late Reception
Heaven (w D’Angelo) Erykah Badu Late Reception
Don’t Stop ’til you Get enough Michael Jackcon Late Reception
Boogie On The Beach Red Elvises Late Reception
Electric Feel aac MGMT Late Reception
Shut Up and Let Me Go The Ting Tings Late Reception
For The Actor Mates Of State Late Reception
Australia The Shins Late Reception
Canned Heat Jamiroquai Late Reception
Low (feat. T-Pain) Flo Rida Late Reception
Shoop Salt-N-Pepa Late Reception
Any Way You Want It Journey Late Reception
Livin’ on a Prayer Bon Jovi Late Reception
For Science Fiction Maritime Late Reception
Flightless Bird, American Mouth Iron & Wine Last Song of the Night

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Music is one of the most important aspect of both my life and Scott's.  We've both grown up in homes where music played an essential part of daily life.  Scott's parents adored rock n' roll and the glitzy glamor of Las Vegas shows.  The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Barbara Streisand was regularly blasted in the Leonard household.  When I grew up, my parents' taste spanned the likes of David Bowie to Joan Baez.  Between my father regularly bringing home new and unique NPR favorites such as Irish Dement, and my mother waxing poetic over the genius of rock n roll heroines such as Stevie Nicks or Debbie Harry, my sisters and I were more than encouraged to blast our own records loud and proud. 

Like plenty of teenagers, we both spent our formative years obsessively listening to music, constantly searching for the next greatest song, or paying careful attention to already known masterpieces.  As Scott and I grew older this obsession never ceased.  Concerts, downloads, and bootlegs were the primary focus day in and day out.  Even now we will gladly miss sleep on a work night if there is a good show within 1-2 hours drive.

Music still plays a huge role in our lives, often surpassing all other hobbies or entertainments.  Not a day goes by where the sound of Scott playing guitar, or of me belting a tune does not echo against the walls of our small condo. The sound of Scott carefully dissecting a favorite song is often replaced lately by a single bass line throbbing in from the craft room as Scott methodically learns songs in preparation for the China trip.  As someone who is yet to master any instrument (apart from occasionally my own vocal chords), it blows my mind the way that he can listen and repeat melodies on so many different instruments.  As much as I love music, my flame for it is only a tiny glimmer in comparison to Scott's. I've never known anyone who loved music so much as Scott.

You can imagine the pressure that I felt when picking music for our wedding!  I chose a New Orleans jazzy rendition of the Wedding March so that the wedding party could dance down the aisle.  That seemed to go over really well, and had everyone in the audience boogying along. 


For the recessional, we chose "Wigwam" by Bob Dylan, a sentimental favorite of ours.  We were announced to Rebel Rouser by Duane Eddy, and the bride & groom first dance was "Sleep Walk" by Johnny & Santo.  That has always been our song, and it was a great match for the 50's theme anyway.  Countless hours of our lives were spent driving aimlessly through the night while listening to that song. What girl could help but fall in love with a sun roof open to the stars and Sleep Walk on the radio? I didn't stand a chance.

 Mary and Scott First Dance2

We opened the dance floor to Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell", and followed it with "Maybelleine" and the original version of "Woo Hoo" by the Rock-A-Teens. 


I obsessed quite a bit over the choices for this first batch of songs, trying to get a mix of the most kick ass, and soulful 50's rockabilly.  Elvis performed a 30 minute set after the first batch of music and really lit the crowd on fire.


Next, we danced with out parents.  I danced with my Dad to Iris Dement's "Sweet is the Melody".  Iris Dement was an artist my Dad heard on NPR one evening on the way home from work.  He instantly fell in love and made a pit stop from his commute just to get his hands on the full album.  He came home full of excitement, and made my sisters, Mom, and I listen to the whole thing as soon as he came home.  Lucky for us, we loved it too.  Since my Dad had always encouraged my sisters and I to sing, I sang the entire song to my father as we danced.  Strangely enough, he told me that one of the reasons he had liked Iris Dement so much was that her voice reminded him of mine!  Funny how things turn out.


Scott and his Mom chose "I'm Happy Just to Dance With You" by the Beatles, a good choice that came from Scott's love of the Beatles, and his Mom's desire for an upbeat song. You should know, Scott's mother is quite the dancer.  I don't think that she's ever had lessons or anything like that, but can she ever boogy!  She was kicking up her heels Tina Turner style the entire night, and was the talk of the dance floor!


The second batch of dance music was a mix of carefully chosen oldies and a few indie and alternative songs thrown in for good measure.  Elvis, who was also our DJ on top of being entertainment and officiator, popped in party hits now and again to keep people dancing.  After a good deal of dancing, he disappeared for a costume change, ready to warm up the crowd with his second set!  White jumpsuit Elvis was a huge hit.  He was swarmed with ladies, and had the entire place going crazy.


Following Elvis's second set, we did an Anniversary Dance to a version of "Our Love is Here to Stay" by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.  All the married couples began the dance, and were widdled down until only the longest married couple remained. Al and Carol Barney, my Matron of Honor's parents won the dance with 50 years of marriage, being celebrated this year!  Carol remained on the floor to judge in our next game, the Single Ladies Bouquet Dance Contest!

This wacky idea for a wedding game was drummed up by The Hat City Scissor Squad girls just a few weeks before the wedding. While discussing wedding plans we got onto the topic of bouquet tosses, and decided to have dance-off instead of the traditional toss.  All the unmarried ladies danced their butts off to "Single Ladies" by Beyonce, and Carol tapped them out one by one, until she selected my sister, Sarah, as the winner.  Reports say that she may have even done a crab style back bend to win the prize.


Our last set of music spanned the remainder of the evening and let loose with a series of indie dance hits, classic jams, and good old fashioned party music.  We wrapped up the night with a last dance of "Flightless Bird, American Mouth" by Iron and Wine, and called it a night… that is until we hit the karaoke bar later on.


For the heck of it, check out this page to see a complete playlist from our wedding.  You can download Itunes Mixes of the stuff that is available at the Itune Store, or you can hunt for these little gems on your own.  Enjoy!

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