||[Jul. 23rd, 2007|01:00 pm]
Heidi and I attended a wedding on Friday. They are friends of Heidi's. Congratulations to Josh and Gracie.
With weddings, there usually is a reception. This one featured an Elks lodge. The place featured plenty of room in a rectangular hall that overlooked a golf course down a steep hill, so it was a fantastic vista to view from the big windows. The long hall had minor trouble with audio because they didn't set up small speakers for the PA system at the ends of the rectangle. The system was located close to the bar on one end, and we sat close to the other end, so amid the local chatter, the room's dimension and walls ate the main PA sound. In other words, the speakers and the music tended to muffle across the way.
As the evening gave way to night, some people left early, so the audio quality picked up after dinner, and then there was plenty of dancing. The dance floor was the right size for the room, so it was never a problem to grab a spot of floor and do our thing.
There was a proper mix of songs between slow-dance ballads and upbeat tunes. Heidi and I danced to a handful of slow dances, and I only did a small stretch of an upbeat song. Both of us are in terrible shape, so that was enough dancing for us. The group, as a whole, was very much into the dancing, and there were the group dances like the chicken dance, plus a couple line dancing songs. The floor was never vacant.
From previous weddings, I've noticed a penchant for certain songs to be played. No matter how poor of quality the artist is, their song ends up at every wedding. I'm pretty sure I've been to a few weddings with "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice. If I'm to be a groom, one thing I know is that while this song gets the white people on the floor, to be honest, I really never want to hear this song played at mine.
I would be sure to bring a burned CD and a 2nd copy of mp3 format, if the DJ would have mp3 capability. In fact, I'd hope the DJ could play mp3s. There are a few tracks in my head for a theoretical sauce1977 wedding.
Of those tracks, I'd absolutely want "Strings of Life" by Derrick May to be played. In fact, I'd probably want that track played at my funeral. That's how much I love that song.
At a theoretical wedding, I'd probably have to scratch off personal favorites like "Hells Bells" by AC/DC. As much as I like imitating the voice of Brian Williams, I am pretty sure that Heidi won't go for it. She likes AC/DC, but I pushed that one out there to gauge reaction, and she verbally shot-blocked it, as I guessed.
One idea we agreed upon was that our personal upbeat music would probably be best to feature Detroit techno. We love it, people can dance to most of the 4 x 4 stuff without getting lost, and it beats the ever-loving crap out of Mr. C / DJ Casper's "Cha Cha Slide," which seems to be on every DJ's set at every bar, club, and wedding.
If there are people out there who like that particular song, I apologize. I don't look down upon you, but the song drives me crazy with distaste. That song, for those of you that don't know, the guy keeps giving orders over a beat, like, "Clap, clap clap, clapyuhhands."
That particular audio clip gets played at almost every NBA arena, and after hearing it all year not just at Heat games but everywhere, well, the song's now deep into my list of "no."
There could be songs of mass appeal on the list. I'd enjoy "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" by the Gap Band. That's been played at more than a few weddings I've attended. I happen to like that track.
Enough about what I like or don't like, for the moment.
Imagine you're having a wedding / union of spirits / beneficial tax status party / whatever you call it, and there's to be a reception with dinner and dancing. What would you enjoy on the DJ's PA? What would drive you bonkers, and for what reason? Slow dances, ballads, obscure, mainstream, and anything else, of all this . . . let me know.