July 2, 2006

Wedding Reception Background Music

When planning our wedding reception, my wife and I decided to omit dancing. We were more interested in the "family and friends reunion" reception than the "dance party" reception. We decided to hire a classical guitarist for the "cocktail" hour, followed by background music.
Emily and I had a lot of fun putting this playlist together. It's Nat & Em's Greatest Mellow Hits 1940-2006! There are a lot of covers of popular songs on here- it's a nice way to include a fresh take on an overplayed hit song. With the Amazon MP3 store and iTunes, it's easier than ever to browse for a cool cover song, or seek out that long-lost nugget, without paying for a full CD.
  1. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) • Shawn Colvin
  2. She's No Lady (She's My Wife) • Lyle Lovett (live)
  3. I.G.Y. (International Geophysical Year) • Donald Fagen
  4. Tupelo Honey • Cassandra Wilson
  5. Magic In The Air • Badly Drawn Boy
  6. As Time Goes By • Billie Holiday
  7. Your Sweet Voice • Matthew Sweet
  8. God Only Knows • The Beach Boys
  9. A Mi Manera (My Way) • The Gypsy Kings
  10. Words • Ellis Paul
  11. Landslide • Fleetwood Mac
  12. Love and Some Verses • Iron & Wine
  13. Baby Now That I've Found You • Alison Krauss & Union Station
  14. Better Be Home Soon • Crowded House
  15. The One I Love • David Gray
  16. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You? • Diana Krall
  17. Rain King (live, acoustic) • Counting Crows
  18. Calico Skies • Paul McCartney
  19. Come and Find Me • Josh Ritter
  20. Ooh La La • The Faces
  21. Pink Moon • Nick Drake
  22. I Will • Alison Krauss & Tony Furtado
  23. Tonight You Belong To Me • What I really wanted was the recording in the movie The Jerk where Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters sing on the beach. I found this very similar version by Eddie Montana instead.
  24. You Belong To Me • Patsy Cline
  25. Stranded • If you insist on including Van Morrison in your wedding, please select one of his dozens of great ballads that are NOT "Have I Told You Lately"!
  26. Razor Love • Neil Young
  27. They Can't Take That Away From Me • Lisa Stansfield
  28. Real Love • John Lennon recorded this as a demo only. It first appeared in the documentary John Lennon Imagine in 1988, and was later transformed into a Beatles reunion track in 1995.
  29. Green Eyes • Coldplay
  30. Honeymoon Suite • Suzanne Vega
  31. More Than This • Charlie Hunger Quartet, featuring Norah Jones
  32. One on One • Hall & Oates
  33. Nightswimming • R.E.M.
  34. When You Wake Up Feeling Old • Wilco
  35. It Had To Be You • Billie Holiday
  36. Sea of Love • The Honeydrippers
  37. She Will Have Her Way • Neil Finn
  38. Last Train to Clarksville • Cassandra Wilson
  39. Runaway Feeling • The Thorns
  40. Conceived • Beth Orton
  41. Color My World • This totally retro Chicago song was my in-law's wedding song.
  42. The Long and Winding Road • This version of The Beatles' classic is from the Let It Be Naked album, which strips away Phil Spector's Wall Of Sound strings and choir tracks, thank goodness!