Bridal Party Introductions

In The Name Of Love-U2

[Start at the 00:36 mark of the song. You’ll hear The Edge’s guitar leading into Bono’s first verse.]

So many of the songs we use for the Ceremony and Reception parts of every wedding are requests from the brides and grooms themselves. I never would’ve thought of U2’s “In The Name Of Love” as a song to introduce the bridal party, but it was a request so we were delighted to play it. What made it so great is the instantly recognizable guitar riff of The Edge. And the key to any “Intro Song” is to immediately catch your guests attention, and put a smile on their face as they await the introduction of you and your fiance!

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Starting with this song to introduce the bridal party into the reception, we got this delightful email from the bride and groom.

“Hey Doug! We just got back from our honeymoon, it was incredible, although we’re pretty sad to be back! Thanks again for an awesome performance – we heard from so many of our guests over and over again how you guys were the best wedding band they’d ever heard. Sean and I had an incredible, amazing time on our wedding day and a large part of that was definitely due to the phenomenal music! We had so much fun and are sad it’s over, but we’re looking forward to seeing you at Heather and Matt’s wedding next summer! Now we just have to get my sisters boyfriend to propose so we can book you for their wedding too …enjoy the rest of your summer!”

Let me know what you think.
-Doug

Pass The Peas-Maceo Parker

“Pass The Peas” by Maceo Parker is the very definition of “funk.” Parker became famous as James Browns’ sax player throughout   the 1960s & 70s. The distinctive “James Brown” sound always involves a hard driving power-guitar groove, a booming bass line,  blasting horns, and simple lyrics that are repeated by the rest of the band. That style would become synonymous with Contemporary R ‘n B funk, which fueled the careers of brilliant acolytes like Sly & The Family Stone, Parliament and The Funkadelics, and Prince.  All of whom were paid tribute by Bruno Mars’ 2015 Grammy Winning Uptown Funk.

This really is a great song to introduce people into the room, especially if the dance floor is already packed as one of my favorite bridal couples, Marshall & Lauren’s, was. As in so many suggestions in this blog, the song was their request.

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Used as an introductory song, you’ll never come close to hearing the full ten minutes of the song, but you get the idea. Although the lyrics are as mundane and prosaic as they come, the groove is undeniably catchy. Here’s the extent of the depth of the actual lyrics:

Why do you like soul food?
Because it makes me … ha-a-a-py
Pass the peas, the cheese,
Pass the peas like we used to say it
Pass the peas like we used to say it
Pass the peas like we used to say it

I doubt either James Brown or Maceo Parker was attempting to pen unforgettably brilliant lyrics. They were always simply all about the funk.
Let me know what you think.
-Doug