Playlist – 22 Aug 2015 – Wedding

August 23, 2015 Greg Gioia No comments exist

Yesterday’s wedding was a long and somewhat arduous affair in terms of setup. I provided the sound system for the ceremony, which included five microphones, a band, and an audience-member singing, as well as microphones for the couple and the officiant. After the ceremony, I had to move the sound system to the cocktail area, and later move it again to the dinner area. Meanwhile, I set up an additional sound system across the property, Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, for the dancing. The Westerbeke staff was wonderful and accommodating, and the event went off without a hitch, but doing all of the above outdoors in 90+ degree heat was most daunting.


Musically, this was an interesting gig. A large number of guests had come from out-of-state to attend the wedding, which made for a very mixed crowd. I had to toe a delicate line of locals wanting indie hits and out-of-towners wanting tried-and-true favorites. I think I succeeded, as the dancing remained frenetic until the end of the night. I received compliments from one guest on working in Hot Chip, and from another for including The Strokes and Arcade Fire, while also receiving praise for Neil Diamond and The McCoys from a couple older relatives.


I closed the night with the song that the band sang at the ceremony, The Book of Love by Magnetic Fields. That’s one of my favorite songs, and it made for a great final dance.


Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
I Want You Back – Jackson Five
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
Sexy Back – Justin Timberlake
Over & Over – Hot Chip
Chapel of Love – The Dixie Cups
Hava Nagila – Ku Ensemble
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Kids – MGMT
My Girl – The Temptations
Hang On Sloopy – The McCoys
Celebration – Kool & The Gang
Bust a Move – Young MC
Good Vibrations – Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones
These Arms of Mine – Otis Redding
Love Me Do – Beatles
How You Like Me Now? – The Heavy
Take On Me – a-ha
Such Great Heights – The Postal Service
Last Night – The Strokes
Rebellion (Lies) – Arcade Fire
Here Comes Your Man – Pixies
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
PDA (We Just Don’t Care) – John Legend
Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
At Last – Etta James
Twistin’ the Night Away – Sam Cooke
The Book of Love – Magnetic Fields

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