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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Saturday, the wedding, and the reception

Saturday morning, we had to be at the church at 12:00 noon for practice. The wedding was at 2:00 PM. Practice started off poorly, because the tenors were a bit late, but everything worked out fine. The wedding was nice, said by Father Dan, Pat's uncle. There wasn't any Asian woman throwing peace back at anyone like at Jake's wedding... {grins}

Now comes the fun part: the reception...

Pat and Laura's reception was awesome. It was at Laura's parents' house in Pensacola, about five minutes from the church. Almost as soon as the Mass was over, Ken, Alaina, Sarah and I booked it over to their house, because I was DJ'ing and Ken was the photographer, so we both had to be there. I checked out the surroundings, and the spot that I had picked out the night before had been taken by the band, so I chose another spot near them. I found a great place, and as they were playing their music, I set up everything. Ryan O. helped me set up a wireless connection between the two laptops (Ken's and mine) so that I could have a laptop to preview songs on. Then, I noticed too late that I was missing some audio cables that I thought I had, so I borrowed MikeE's car for a few minutes and raced over to Wal-Mart to purchase them. When I got back, I "stole" a set of the band's speakers during their break, and hooked them up to the system, and began playing the music.

From here on out, this post is one great chest thump for me. Sorry, but I can't help it. It was just too much fun!

I opened with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's King of Swing, followed next by Alien Fashion Show's Detroit Swing City. I had to play some swing, since there was a live band there. I also wanted to set a tone for the evening. The band was enjoying the music, and some players even playing along with Detroit Swing City. It made for a nice piece. After that, they took over again, and I went and grabbed a quick bite to eat.

After their next session, Dane announced the Virginia Reel. Those experienced people (aka, Christendomites) came out to the dance floor and showed everyone how it was done, and within a couple minutes, everyone was out there. I began with the staples: Shamrock's Tell Me Ma and The Boy From Ballymore and Rednex's Cotton Eyed Joe. After the first song, everyone wanted to keep going, so I checked again. After the second song, some people were ready to stop. By the end of the third song, people were getting tired of it, so it was time to move on to something else.

In the middle of the third VA Reel song, someone told me about a birthday, so I took that cue and after the third song, before I got too many protesters, I announced the birthday, and asked her what her favorite song was. After thinking for a moment, she said, "Memory, from Cats." OK, I could do that. As the song fired up, she added, "Unless you have any Phantom of the Opera?" My jaw just about hit the floor, because of course I have the Phantom, and it's one of my favorites! But the song had already started, so I just let it play.

After this, some of the younger generation wanted more VA Reel, so I announced one more VA Reel song, and played Cotton Eyed Joe again. I could tell the Christendom folks were getting tired of it, but the kids loved it!

Next up were a couple standard dances. I put the swing back in, but I introduced a waltz next, with Enya's Flora's Secret. Following this, Dane asked me to prepare a fun song, and he announced the Paddle Dance. I set up the Wonders That Thing You Do. Everyone really seemed to be getting into it, and so they went through five songs in the paddle dance. I announced We Are Family as a special request from the bride, but since it was the Ultimix, Laura didn't recognize it at first...

Dane came up to me and asked me to prepare the surprise that we had discussed earlier in the day, so with much glee, I did so. At the end of We Are Family, the music quieted down, and Dane asked the bride and groom to please come out to the dance floor, because we had a special song for them, and that everyone present gather around them in a large circle. After the musical introduction, Pat and Laura recognized the song from their junior year play. They were (respectively) Liesl von Trapp and Rolf, so Sixteen Going On Seventeen was definitely their song.

After that, I spent a lot of time filling requests. When I had free time, I played songs that the bride and groom had requested, and when people came up to me and asked if I had X, Y or Z, I would add it to the playlist, assuming, of course, that I had it. There was a significant number of oldies, funk and disco that people just loved. Father Dan, Pat's uncle, by this time, was next to me with a set of headphones on, listening to music. Man, I tell you what: I'm a bad influence even on priests...

People asked for a line dance, so I announced the Electric Slide, and hopped out to the floor myself. This was the one dance that I could do without embarrassing myself too much, so I took advantage of this.

Earlier, someone had requested Walking on Sunshine, so I put the two Walking's back-to-back, just for the fun of it. I had no idea how they would actually go. Walking on Sunshine was a bit hit -- I didn't realize how literally it was until after Walking on Broken Glass had started. An instant before the song opened, I heard a glass shatter, and I just figured it was a part of the song. Turns out it wasn't, as Pat told me two seconds later. He came up to me and asked me if I had done that on purpose. Confused, I asked what he meant, and he told me about the glass that had just been broken. I burst out laughing as Ryan and Sarah came running up to me to ask me if I really was all that quick. I was rather disappointed in myself, because I would really have loved to take full credit for extremely quick reflexes, but I couldn't...

By this point, Martha, one of Laura's sisters, had come up to me and asked me for a set of swing music. I played a couple songs, and then announced (as requested by Laura's friends) that it was someone's birthday. According to the ladies, one of his favorite songs was Iris, so that's what he got.

Martha came up to me and told me that she wanted a long set of swing music, so, accepting the challenge, and presenting one of my own, we agreed to five fast swing songs, back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back. As Iris ended, I announced a small contest, between the DJ and Martha. I announced that Martha said that she could dance five swing songs in a row. Naturally, I had a couple lined up to go, and I had plans for the last three. I asked for five strapping, energetic young men who could dance quickly and well: my five volunteers were Dane, Brendan, Pat, Mike P., and Martha's brother (John?). The requirement was that they reserve their energy for their dances, because I wanted them all to be fresh. Dane danced to Zoot Suit Riot, and in the process, he discovered that she had been taking ballet for fourteen years. Dancing was in her blood. He told this to me, and I immediately began plotting my revenge...

Brendan was up next -- he burned up the concrete. He told me that he doesn't know that many moves, but the moves he does know, he can do really quickly. Perfect for me. Pat was up third, and Mike was fourth. Mike, however, had been dancing all the other dances, so he wasn't as quick as he could have been. However, credit where credit is due: he did a good job.

Last up was John. I brought him over to the DJ stand, and played him his song: Jurassic 5's Swing Set, which was, the longest of them all, upwards of five minutes. It also introduces an funky beat that keeps dancers on their toes. When John and Martha began dancing, the crowd went wild. They were simply fantastic. I've not seen swing moves like theirs in quite some time.

At the end of it all, the music went silent, and I went on the mic. I made a public apology to Martha, because I doubted her prowess. However, I then told her that if I had known about her years of ballet, I wouldn't have stopped the number at five. It was a "diriment impediment" of sorts (even though the meaning of that exact phrase is here being stretched beyond reasonable use). In the end, I got a hug from Martha. It took a while for my old heart to slow down again... :-P

After this, it was all requests. I ended the dance on What About Everything. It was nearly 1:00 AM, and I was beginning to get a little tired. Besides that, Pat and Laura were getting ready to go. I know that they had wanted to stay to the end, but the end wasn't really anywhere in sight, so they decided that it was time to leave. We sent them off with a group of people singing the Parting Glass, Red is the Rose, and other Irish songs. After they left, I assisted in cleaning up the place, or at least the part of the place that I had been using. Everything was put away, and I joined the crowd of people sitting in a circle, singing away. We left at about 3:00 AM...

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Below this is my playlist variations. You'll see what Pat and Laura wanted. I then took that playlist and built around it. What I ended up doing is the third column. I didn't have enough time to get through everything that they wanted, but I think I got about 50% of it? I haven't tallied the numbers up... Enjoy!

They wanted:I modified:What happened:
Goo Goo Dolls
Give A Little Bit
Scythian
Ashoken Farewell
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
King of Swing
Fastball
You're An Ocean
The Foundations
Build Me Up Buttercup
Alien Fashion Show
Detroit Swing City
Guster
Fa Fa
RedNex
Cotton Eye Joe (Dance Mix)
Shamrock
Tell Me Ma
Wonders
That Thing You Do
Shamrock
Tell Me Ma
Shamrock
The Boy From Ballymore
Elton John
Your Song
Shamrock
The Boy From Ballymore
RedNex
Cotton Eye Joe (Dance Mix)
Carole King
Anyone At All
Goo Goo Dolls
Give A Little Bit
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Memory
Jason Mraz
The Remedy
Fastball
You're An Ocean
RedNex
Cotton Eye Joe (Dance Mix)
Uncle Kracker
Drift Away
Wonders
That Thing You Do!
Swing Kids
Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)
Alison Krauss
When You Say Nothing At All
Guster
Fa Fa
Enya
Flora's Secret
Jimmy Buffet
Margaritaville
Elton John
Your Song
Wonders
That Thing You Do!
Natalie Merchant
These Are The Days
Carole King
Anyone at All
Guster
Fa Fa
Carbon Leaf
What About Everything?
Uncle Kracker
Drift Away
Beatles
Twist And Shout
Scythian
Ashoken Farewell
Alison Krauss
When You Say Nothing at All
Mamas & Papas
California Dreaming
ATC
Around The World
Jimmy Buffet
Margaritaville
Sister Sledge
We Are Family (Ultimix Remix)
Sister Sledge
We Are Family
Natalie Merchant
These Are The Days
Sound of Music, Dan Truhitte And Charmian Carr
Sixteen Going On Seventeen
Billy Joel
Why Should I Worry?
Carbon Leaf
What About Everything?
Shaggy
Angel
Billy Joel
River Of Dreams
ATC
Around the World
Louis Armstrong
What a Wonderful World
Billy Joel
Tell Her About It
Billy Joel
Why Should I Worry
Jet
Are You Gonna Be My Girl?
Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Zoot Suit Riot
Billy Joel
River Of Dreams (Original, Live)
Wild Cherry
Play That Funky Music
Stray cats
Rock This Town
Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Zoot Suit Riot
George Clinton & The Parliament Funkadelic
Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)
Alien Fashion Show
Crazy Moon
Alien Fashion Show
Crazy Moon
Bee Gees
Stayin Alive
Nobuo Uematsu, Junya Nakano, Masashi Hamauzu
Chocobo Jam
Nobuo Uematsu, Junya Nakano, Masashi Hamauzu
Chocobo Jam
Frankie Valli
You're Just Too Good To Be True
U2
Beautiful Day
U2
Beautiful Day
Marcia Griffiths
Electric Slide
Huey Lewis And The News
Power Of Love
Huey Lewis & The News
Power of Love
Katrina and the Waves
Walking On Sunshine
Rednex
Cotton Eyed Joe
Seal
Kiss From A Rose
Annie Lennox
Walking On Broken Glass
scythian
Virginia Reel
Frank Sinatra
I Get A Kick Out Of You (Slow)
Frank Sinatra
I Get A Kick Out Of You
Shamrock
Tell Me Ma
Katrina and the Waves
Walking On Sunshine
Glenn Miller Orchestra
In The Mood
Rednex
Cotton Eyed Joe [Dance Remix]
Lovin' Spoonful
Do You Believe in Magic
Goo Goo Dolls
Iris
Shamrock
Boy From Ballymore
Nat King Cole
L.O.V.E
Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Zoot Suit Riot
Seal
Kiss From A Rose
Frank Sinatra
The Way You Look Tonight
Alien Fashion Show
Crazy Moon
Frank Sinatra
I Get a Kick Out Of You
John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
We Go Together
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Jumpin' Jack
Katrina and the Waves
Walkin' On Sunshine
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Mambo Swing
Lovin' Spoonful
Do You Believe in Magic
Temptations
Ain't To Proud To Beg
Jurassic 5
Swing Set
Louis Armstrong
Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)
Rascals
Good Lovin'
Kool & The Gang
Celebrate
Nat King Cole
L-O-V-E
Stray Cats
Rock This Town
K.C. & The Sunshine Band
Get Down Tonight
Fronk Sinatra
It Had To Be You
Harry Connick Jr.
It Had To Be You
Commodores
Brick House
Frank Sinatra
The Way You Look Tonight
Tom Cochrane
Life Is A Highway
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Born On The Bayou
The Foundations
Build Me Up Buttercup
Goo Goo Dolls
Slide
John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
We Go Together
John Travolta/Olivia Newton John (from the Grease Soundtrack)
We Go Together
Counting Crows
Accidentally In Love
Frank Sinatra
The Way You Look Tonight
Henry Mancini
Moon River [Instrumental]
Rodgers & Hammerstein: Dan Truhitte And Charmian Carr
Sixteen Going On Seventeen
Madonna
Holiday
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Aint No Mountain High Enough
ESPN
Final Countdown
Styx
Lady
The Temptations
Aint Too Proud To Beg
Van Halen
Jump
Billy Idol
Mony Mony
Stevie Wonder
IsnÂ’t She Lovely
Venga Boys
We're Going To Ibiza
Green Day
Holiday
Tom Cochrane
Life Is A Highway
Shaggy
Angel
Oasis
Wonder Wall
Four Tops
IÂ’ll Be There
Marcia Griffiths
Electric Slide
Green Day
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
The Rascals
Good LovinÂ’
Sister Sledge
We Are Family (Ultimix Remix)
Chris De Burgh
Lady In Red
Proclaimers
500 Miles
UB40
Red Red Wine
Billy Joel
Uptown Girl
U2
Beautiful Day
Bryan Adams
Summer of '69
Carbon Leaf
What About Everything?
Donna Lewis
I Love You Always Forever
Baha Men
Who Let the Dogs Out
Proclaimers
500 Miles
Michael Jackson
Beat It
Billy Joel
Uptown Girl
Brian Setzer Orchestra
This Cat's On A Hot Tin Roof
Donna Lewis
I Love You Always Forever
Tom Cochrane
Life Is A Highway
Gnarls Barkley
Crazy
Shaun Davey
Waking Ned Devine
The Parting Glass
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