So, I DJed a Wedding…

2015-08-22 20.44.40My cousin Jesse asked me to DJ his wedding this past weekend. Back in the 70s/80s it was his father, my uncle, who spun records at weddings under the DJ name of “Steve Keen Music Machine,” and he gave me my very first taste of selecting and cueing up songs. I thought it would be fun to do, and to be honest, I found it very rewarding to play some mainstream hits and watch people go nuts on the dance floor. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. Who knows, maybe I’ll do it again in the future. This was not my usual mix of dark or obscure music, but I did manage to work The Cure into the set as you’ll see below ๐Ÿ˜‰ I also had to slip in “Jesse’s Girl” for Jesse’s lovely new wife Elizabeth, who is an absolute catch. I’m sure the couple will have a wonderful life together!

cocktail / dinner:
a selection of claranet instrumentals by Mr. Acker Bilk
Frank Sinatra – I Get A Kick Out of You
Percy Sledge – When A Man Loves a Woman
Natalie Cole (with Nat King) – Unforgettable
Billie Holiday – The Very Thought of You
Adele – Crazy For You
Ben Folds – The Luckiest
Elton John – Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Buddy Clark/ Ray Noble – I’ll Dance at Your Wedding
Michael Buble – Dream a Little Dream
Carpenters – Because We Are In Love (the wedding songs)

post toasts:
Cliff Richards – Congratulations
Wet Wet Wet – Love Is All Around

special dances:
Stevie Nicks (w Don Henley) – Leather and Lace – bride/groom
John Coltrane – Naima – bride/father
Jason Mraz – 93 Million Miles – groom/mother
LeAnn Rimes – I Believe – wedding party and others

reception:
The Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
John Paul Young – Love is In The Air
Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing
Madonna – Vogue
Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
Daft Punk feat Pharrell – Get Lucky
Lionel Richie – All Night Long
Bill Medley –ย The Time of My Life
Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place on Earth
Andy Williams – Can’t Take My Eyes off You
The Commodores/The Cure – Easy /Heaven (Brat Mashup)
Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
Etta James – At Last
Eric Carmen – Hungry Eyes
Abba – Dancing Queen
Chic – Good Times
Taio Cruz – Dynamite
Deee-Lite – Groove is In The Heart
Cindy Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Rick Springfield – Jesse’s Girl
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance

bride and groom walk under bridge of sparklers:
Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars

post-reception:
Bangles – Eternal flame
Cyndi Lauper – All Through The Night
Chris De Burgh – Lady In Red
Journey – Open Arms
Beatles – Something
Ben E King – Stand By Me

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