Playlist – 16 Oct 2016 – Wedding

Last night’s wedding took place at a venue I’d never known existed, but one I’m eager to visit again– the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House. It’s not a fancy space, but it’s charming and, as the name suggests, a space that caters to the neighborhood. Besides the banquet room I saw a great indoor basketball court, and a lovely property. I’d be very happy to have another chance to perform there.

 

I played a rather lengthy set of cocktail music that blended nicely into dinner music. As do many who hire me, the couple wanted an eclectic mix of modern and old songs, including a few upbeat, danceable ’80s numbers, and I tried to deliver exactly that.

 

Train Song – Feist & Ben Gibbard
Slow Down – The Beatles
Clock Strikes Ten – Cheap Trick
The Love Cats – The Cure
Barracuda – Heart
Oblivious – Aztec Camera
Theme from the Muppet Show – The Muppets
Children’s Story – Slick Rick
Go! – Tones on Tail
I Confess – The Beat
Take On Me – a-ha
Situation – Yaz
Love Vigilantes – New Order
Brandy Alexander – Feist
Whiskey River – Willie Nelson
Jungalero – Les Baxter
Sweetest Kill – Broken Social Scene
Speak to Me/ Breathe – Pink Floyd
Satin Doll – Duke Ellington
The Girl From Ipanema – Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto
Oh My Love – John Lennon
Just Like Honey – The Jesus and Mary Chain
Soul Love – David Bowie
Timebomb – Old 97’s
You’re My Best Friend – Queen
I Must Be High – Wilco
Wallflower – The Bottle Rockets
Heartbeats – José González
We’re Going to Be Friends – The White Stripes
Today Is The Day – Yo La Tengo
Sea of Love – Cat Power
I Will – The Beatles
The Book of Love – Magnetic Fields
Jesus, Etc. – Wilco
Piazza, New York Catcher – Belle & Sebastian
Pale Shelter (HQ) – Tears for Fears
Trans-Global Express – The Jam

 

When it finally came time to dance there was not much more than an hour left, so I made sure to play a steady set of dance tunes customized to what I was seeing in the room. The first dance was, of course, the First Dance for the bride and groom, who chose

 

First Dance: Question – Old 97’s

 

After that, open dancing. The guests struck me as a crowd that wanted an older classic to get things rolling, and sure enough Etta James brought every last guest onto the dance floor. And from there, I picked it up and kept things moving until the final song was played.

 

At Last – Etta James
I Say a Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin
I Want You Back – The Jackson Five
Dancing Queen – ABBA
December 1963 (Oh What a Night) – The 4 Seasons
Jive Talkin’ – Bee Gees
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – The Temptations
Finally – Ce CePeniston
Long Hora Medley – The Ku Ensemble
Tell Me Something Good – Rufus Thomas
Ask [Single Version] – The Smiths
Chapel of Love – The Dixie Cups
Teach Me How to Dougie – Cali Swag District
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
Over & Over – Hot Chip
Move Your Feet – Junior Senior
Music – Madonna
I Feel Love – Donna Summer
You Spin Me ‘Round (Like a Record) – Dead Or Alive
Just the Two of Us – Grover Washington, Jr. & Bill Withers

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