If you are like my husband and I were when we got married, the first dance song is a tough one. Our first slow dance was in high school, at the Sadie Hawkins dance*, in our matching flannels to N’Sync’s “God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You.” Our first kiss happened when the song “Back That Thang Up” by Juvenille was playing on the radio. While the second would have been funny to us, it wasn’t quite first dance material for the grandmas. In our 8 years together before we got married we had a lot of slow dances, but none of the songs really spoke to us or who we were at the time we got married. *(i should add this was also our first wedding, officiated by Mr. Kirch, the school’s athletic director, and i’ve got the 25 cent ring and phony vows to prove it!)
So what did we do? Or rather, what did I do with a husband that loves him some rap and hip hop music that would have preferred we dance to some Justin Timberlake song? As a person that loves lyrics to songs and the meanings behind the songs, I made play list with different genres that really felt like ‘us’ and then played it for Jason. He immediately liked The Fray’s “Look After You,” and that is what we did our spin-in-circles-too-nervous-to-try-any-fancy-moves first dance. And it was wonderful.
I thought I’d share my latest favorite song that pairs Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz (swoon!) singing a song called “Lucky.” I should probably throw out that I love any and all mushy love songs so what I’ll list may not be your style, but that’s just it – pick a song that speaks to you and your sweetie. Find something that means something and you’ll find yourself smirking to if you’re out somewhere and you hear it. Like I did at the McDonald’s at the London airport as I ordered my Egg McMuffin and The Fray serenaded me.
So, here it is: My list of songs that could be great first dance songs!
Lucky – Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz
Be Here Now – Mason Jennings (our #2 pick)
The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson (short and definitely sweet!)
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
New Twists on the Originals:
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
(originally performed by Bob Dylan and a popluar cover by Garth Brooks)
*fell in love with her in London!
That’s All – Michael Bublé
(originally performed by Nat King Cole)
Feels Like Home – Chantel Kreviazuk
(originally performed by Randy Newman)
Such Great Heights – Iron and Wine
(originally performed by The Postal Service)
Personal Fave slow songs:
Forever – Ben Harper (great lyrics)
True Companion – Marc Cohen
The Way You Look Tonight – Tony Bennett
Amazed – Paul McCartney
Another site I like is www.songfacts.com. You can find the artists inspiration and what the songs really mean. I especially liked that our first dance choice, “Look After You” by The Fray, was about the first girl the lead singer “felt 100%” about – who later ended up becoming his wife! Pretty perfect if you ask me!
If you have music to share, send it my way and I can make more music posts. Info@fabyoulousevents.com