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Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

Long before “Jersey Boys” I loved this song. The lyrics are perfect for a first dance. If you have a really good horn section in your band you’re all set. What is interesting is the famously huge orchestra Frankie Valli used, but there are no background vocals, making it that much more powerful. The “chorus” to the song is one of the most memorable ever recorded. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t know when to come in and belt “I love you baby…”

Check out these lyrics. They’re flawless.

You’re just too good to be true, can’t take my eyes off of you
You feel like heaven to touch, I wanna hold you so much 
At long last love has arrived, and I thank God I’m alive
You’re just too good to be true, can’t take my eyes off of you
Pardon the way that I stare, there’s nothing else to compare
The sight of you makes me weak, there are no words left to speak
So if you feel like I feel, please let me know that it’s real
You’re just too good to be true, can’t take my eyes off of you
I love you, baby and if it’s quite alright I need you, baby to warm the lonely nights
I love you, baby, trust in me when I say: Oh, pretty baby, don’t bring me down I pray
Oh, pretty baby, now that I’ve found you stay. Let me love you, baby, let me love you

C’mon, it doesn’t get any better than that. Through in a killer horn section, and you are in heaven. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”  is my number one First Dance suggestion.

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Trumpet Voluntary-Jeremiah Clarke

Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke (1674-1707) is probably the perfect recessional song for your wedding. I used this version because French trumpeter Maurice Andre (1933-2012) was one of the finest trumpeters of the 20th century.

Fun Fact: The horn he is playing in this clip, is called a piccolo trumpet, because of the smaller size, as well as its ability to play in extremely high registers, not reachable on a traditional trumpet.

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Clarke wrote during the same period as more celebrated Baroque masters Bach, Vivaldi and Handel. This piece is one of the most recognizable 3:35 minute pieces in the history of “Classical Music.” Music of the Baroque period adds a uniquely stately, regal air to any occasion. Trumpet Voluntary is the perfect soundtrack to celebrate your wedding vows

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Sugar-Maroon 5

This delicious song,  as smooth as a slice of wedding cheesecake,  has already become a “contemporary classic” for weddings.  It’s relentlessly catchy and upbeat, and the rhythm begs you to get up and start dancing.  And though the lyrics are a bit plaintive, the effect is wedding-joyful and entirely happy.  As Adam Levine and Maroon 5 visit “every wedding in LA today”, (Adam announces that intention before they start piling into the car) it may, for some, set up the expectation that Adam Levine and Maroon 5 will show up with us at your wedding. Gotta be honest; I actually haven’t heard from him in a long time! Still, it’s simply the perfect dance song, especially for weddings. The song has amazing harmonies, as well as an incredibly strong Chorus that’s sung by the whole band in unison, making it that much more powerful.
The video is genuinely fun, as the band actually shows up, unexpectedly, at random weddings. What could be better for those of us who do this for a living? Thanks to Adam and the boys.

Here are the lyrics to sing along:
I’m hurting, baby, I’m broken down
I need your loving, loving I need it now
When I’m without you I’m something weak
You got me begging, begging I’m on my knees

I don’t wanna be needing your love
I just wanna be deep in your love
And it’s killing me when you’re away, (ooh, baby)
‘Cause I really don’t care where you are
I just wanna be there where you are
And I gotta get one little taste
Your sugar, Yes, please. Won’t you come and put it down on me?
I’m right here, ’cause I need a little love, a little sympathy
Yeah, you show me good loving, make it alright need a little sweetness in my life
Your sugar, yes, please. won’t you come and put it down on me?

My broken pieces, you pick them up
Don’t leave me hanging, hanging,come give me some
When I’m without ya, so insecure
You are the one thing, one thing I’m living for

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Sugar!  It’s just a fantastic dance song. What a great, truly gratifying song for those of us whose do this for a living. Thanks for the tuxedoed homage, fellas.

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I Don’t Like It, I Love It-Flo Rida

“I Don’t Like It, I Love It” by Flo Rida, along with Robin Thicke & Verdine White, is such a great dance song to play during a contemporary dance set. The beat completely drives this fabulous song.  Robin Thicke sounds terrific. Flo Rida’s bit of hip hop/rap juxtaposed with Robin Thicke’s lush sound JUST works. The whistle is clearly reminiscent of Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger. I truly love that they honor Verdine White, the longstanding bass player for Earth Wind & Fire. The song hits the ground running, with a solo Latin guitar, building to a full rhythm including the whistling.
The “four on the floor” kick drum gives the song its strong danceability. Its popularity allows guests to sing along with the easy-to-learn “I don’t like it…” lyrics. It’s really a perfect dance song that’s guaranteed to keep the dance floor packed. The beauty of this song is that it is exactly what it is, a classic dance hit. Mission accomplished.
It truly does get guests flooding the dance floor at every party, wedding or corporate event.

Check out the lyrics:
I don’t like it, I love it, love it, love it, uh oh, so good it hurts
I don’t want it, I gotta, gotta have it, uh oh
When I can’t find the words, I just go, [Whistling/melody]
I don’t like it, no, I love it [Whistling/melody]
I don’t like it, no, I love it
Rap:
All out, turn the beat up, Hey now I’m glad to meet ya
Turn up girl, blow the speaker
Yeah up, think about it now, blow the speaker
I’ll speak louder, let’s get wild tonight
Billionaire bottles, we just down em like
Ain’t no problem, all my roads are right. All right, all right

I don’t like it, I love it. I got another comin’ in my budget
I got a anaconda in my truck fit, don’t push it, don’t push it
Cause I’m a hit it til I jackpot, that’s right, wax on baby wax off, act right
You can put it on the black card, all night, and I’ll spend it, I’ll spend it .

Flo Rida:Robin Thicke

Great dance hit, don’t you think? Leave me a comment to let me know what you think of it,

Inseparable-Natalie Cole

From the same debut album that brought us the powerhouse love song ,”This Will Be”, comes this extraordinary gem. In these two songs, Natalie Cole shows us the full range of her astonishing vocal technique. “This Will Be” requires a full-out belting voice, with no stops. “Inseparable” is the opposite, showing a far softer side to Natalie Cole in a far more traditional love song. “Inseparable” is a very clear statement of a woman’s love for her man. The form is very interesting in that there is no repetitive chorus to which a voice can anchor the song. No verse or chorus is ever repeated. It is a simple, elegant, poignant and incredibly touching song. And an absolutely irresistible First Dance.

Inseparable, that’s how we’ll always be
Inseparable, just you and me
It’s so wonderful to know you’ll always be around me
Incredible, what you are to me
Incredible, you bring out the woman in me
With your style of love, inseparable, yes we are
We’re like a flower to a tree, like words to a melody of love
There’s no way we could break up, no words that could make us blow our thing
We are just, inseparable
That’s how it is, inseparable
For the rest of our years, it’s so wonderful
To know you’ll always be around.

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Tragically, Ms. Cole died on New Year’s Eve, 2015 at 65 years of age.
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This Will Be-Natalie Cole

Throwback Sunday….believe it or not, in 1975 the extraordinary song “This Will Be” was  released as Natalie Cole’s first single. It was an instant hit which became a long-standing dance classic.  It still elicits great response among party guests of all ages and tastes. But would you expect anything less from the daughter of one the most beloved unique vocalists of all time, Nat ‘King’ Cole?  I love the way it starts gently with a solo piano and people clapping, then slowly bringing in the rhythm section and those incredibly horns.

“This Will Be” is the very definition of a dance-fast love song, and I think it qualifies as a perfect First Dance, especially for those who would rather move around having a great time, rather than holding on to each other and swaying back and forth. The harmonies alone would make this song spectacular. But add to that, a complete orchestra behind her and half a dozen incredibly soulful backup singers. I think the first two lines reveal the song’s  decisively romantic statement. “This will be an everlasting love. This will be the one I’ve waited for.”  For you bold intrepid souls,  this is the perfect First Dance, for you bold, intrepid souls. Plus, the band loves to play it.
Check out the lyrics:

This will be an everlasting love
This will be the one I’ve waited for
This will be the first time anyone has loved me.
I’m so glad you found me in time
And I’m so glad that you recrefied my mind
This will be an everlasting love for me
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Loving you is some kind of wonderful
Because you showed me just how much you care
You’ve given me the thrill of a lifetime
And made me believe you’ve got more thrills to spare, oh!

This will be an everlasting love oh, yes it will now!
You brought a lot of a sunshine in to my life
You filled me with happiness I never knew
You gave me more joy then I ever dreamed of
And no one, no one can take the place of you

Let me know what you think of this gem as truly fun First Dance.
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Through The Fire-Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan’s voice is one of the great artistic treasures in the world of pop music. Right up there in the pantheon with artists like “The Queen”,  Aretha Franklin.  She has the astonishing ability to harness her powerful voice until just the right dramatic moment, and then she lets it go. Get ready. “Through The Fire” is a truly great song. It’s on Chaka’s album“I Feel For You.” and holds its own against that iconic title track.
“Through The Fire” gives Chaka a chance to show off her softer side, and succeeds regally. This is a wonderful, and unexpected,  choice for a first dance. I only got the chance to use it once, It was for an amazing young couple whom I got to knew well.  In addition to playing for their wedding, the couple was regular annual attendees at the Fall Fresh Air Fund Gala held at the Armory on Park Avenue in Manhattan. The space held well over a thousand guests, and we would always have hundreds of people up dancing. Every year, either I’d spot them, or they would come say hello, and the band knew that we’d be playing “Through The Fire” the first time there was a chance to squeeze in a ballad. It’s really one of the “greatest” first dances.

Check out these lyrics:
I look in your eyes and I can see we’ve loved so dangerously
You’re not trusting your heart to anyone
You tell me you’re gonna play it smart
We’re through before we start
But I believe that we’ve only just begun

When it’s this good, there’s no saying no
I want you so, I’m ready to go
Through the fire, to the limit, to the wall
For a chance to be with you, I’d gladly risk it all
Through the fire, through whatever, come what may
For a chance at loving you I’d take it all the way
Right down to the wire, even through the fire

I know you’re afraid of what you feel, you still need time to heal
And I can help if you’ll only let me try
You touched me and something in me knew,what I could have with you
Now I’m not ready to kiss that dream goodbye
When it’s this sweet, there’s no saying no
I need you so, I’m ready to go

Through the fire, to the limit, to the wall
For a chance to be with you I’d gladly risk it all
Through the fire, through whatever, come what may
For a chance at loving you I’d take it all the way
Right down to the wire, even through the fire

I can’t suggest a better First Dance song than living-legend Chaka Khan’s incredible power-ballad “Through The Fire.”
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Loving You-Minnie Riperton

Minnie Riperton’s “Loving You” has always had a profound effect on me. First, there’s her astonishing voice, and her signature high notes. But what I always loved was the absolute simplicity of her performance, as well as the arrangement. Unlike almost every other song, there are no drums on the record. Just arpeggiated guitar chords, with the support of a Fender Rhodes piano tinkling in the background, a bass and occasional Chinese bells subtly ringing in the distance. I even love the slightly corny birds chirping in the background.

Ms. Riperton shows her true control of her talents by raising high notes with the same ease that she puts into the rest of the song. She didn’t feel the need to announce her extraordinary vocal talent. Her attitude seemed to be “if you appreciate it, great. It’s just part of who I am.” Which is, after all, the best way to be. The lyrics are simple, and to the point. They fit perfectly into Ms. Riperton’s soft, enticing melody. If asked to describe “Loving You” I’d say it was a lush, yet fragile love song. Ms. Riperton married music producer Richard Rudolf in 1972, staying married until her tragic death from cancer at the age of 31.
Fun Fact: Riperton and Rudolf had two daughters. One of whom is the brilliant comic actress Maya Rudolph.
Enjoy one of my all time favorite love songs. Give it serious consideration for your First Dance.

Lovin’ you is easy cause you’re beautiful
Makin’ love with you is all I wanna do
Lovin’ you is more than just a dream come true
And everything that I do is out of lovin’ you
La la la la la la la… do do do do do

No one else can make me feel the colors that you bring
Stay with me while we grow old and we will live each day in springtime

Cause lovin’ you has made my life so beautiful
And every day my life is filled with lovin’ you
Lovin’ you I see your soul come shinin’ through
And every time that we oooooh
I’m more in love with you
La la la la la la la… do do do do do

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Tell me that doesn’t send warm chills up your spine.
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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” is a perennial classic. It’s one of those rare can’t-miss songs for getting people up to dance and sing along with the song. Released in 1983,  it became an instant hit, and a “girl power” anthem.
As someone who has worked with Lauper on several occasions, I can tell you that she has a terrific voice, but her appeal on this early 80s hit is pure kitsch. Her clothes, her make-up, her ever-changing permed-out hair color, her entire persona — including her voice — had a refreshingly quirky edge to it.
By no coincidence the album in which this song appears is called “She’s So Unusual.” It is also her first solo album, and includes Lauper’s most adored and enduring song, “Time After Time.” Whereas “Time After Time” is a thought-provoking, important piece of pop culture, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” is simply a fun, bouncy, extremely danceable musical cupcake of a song.with no apparent reason to have become one of the most popular songs to come out of the 1980s.  Thirty-three years after its release, Cyndi Lauper’s off-beat appeal has remained as compelling now as it was in 1983.

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I come home in the morning light, my mother says when you gonna live your life right
Oh mother dear we’re not the fortunate ones, and girls they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have fun
The phone rings in the middle of the night, my father yells what you gonna do with your life
Oh daddy dear you know you’re still number one, but girls they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have
That’s all they really want. some fun
When the working day is done.
Girls – they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have fun

Ya see?  It’s so  bouncy, playful and like the star who sings it, irresistibly quirky. Fun Fact: Ms. Lauper’s funky, offbeat style so deeply impressed producing legend Quincy Jones, he gave her a solo in “We Are The World,” a legendary all-star benefit performance for the charity “USA for Africa” in 1985.  Even with the brilliant talent of co-soloists Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and a whole slew of other A-list performers, Cyndi Lauper completely stole the show by improvising her entrance starting with an amazing gospel-tinged “Well, well, well….” If you’ve never seen it….you’ve got to find it on YouTube. She’s terrific.

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