Erev Shel Shoshanim is the perfect song for a Jewish Bridal Procession. This is the Wikipedia definition for the Hebrew title: “Erev Shel Shoshanim English: Evening of Lilies or “Evening of Roses.” The Hebrew word shoshana has been identified with both flower. It is a poetic Hebrew love song. Its melody is often used as wedding music in Jewish weddings, as a replacement for Here Comes the Bride.”
The melody is simple, clear and beautiful and works equally well as an instrumental or vocal. It also works very well when paired with JohannPachelbel’s Canon in D.
On May 4, 2013 we played Elton John’s esoteric classic “Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters”for a delightful client, who requested it for their bridal processional. I thought it was a terrific choice, and it turned out to be extremely successful. While it may not be Elton John’s most famous song, the melody is extremely song and worked extremely as an instrumental with guitar and keyboard. Which basically makes everything about that party just about perfect.
Sir Elton and lyricist Bernie Taupin are known for their evocative, sensitive lyrics as well as Elton’s instantly recognizable piano sound. However, the fact that music for Wedding Processions are played simply by instrumentalists and render the lyrics irrelevant. The key element is that the melody is strong enough to stand on its own. And quite frankly the lyrics to “Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters”are sweet but fairly inconsequential,
While Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters Sons of bankers, sons of lawyers Turn around and say good morning to the night For unless they see the sky But they can’t and that is why They know not if it’s dark outside or light
But just to give Bernie Taupin his due, one lyric would fit nicely if indeed it were to be sung: I thank the Lord there’s people out there like you.
With it’s strong chordal structure and clear melody, Mona Lisas & Mad Hattersdoes make a terrific addition to your choices for your wedding procession…one that you almost never find on any traditional list.
U2s Beautiful Day has rapidly made its way onto the list of standard recessional tunes. The very beginning of the Chorus is the place to start, with the easily recognizable tune and appropriate (albeit unsung) lyrics “It’s A Beautiful Day…”
This is one that fits with just about any other classical, pop or movie soundtrack choices. The song definitely takes on an upbeat “feel” when compared to the others, but does make a distinctly bold and confident choice.