wedding recessionals

Signed Sealed Delivered-Stevie

Last Sunday, my band, Best Kept Secret, and I had the privilege of performing at a benefit for White Plains Hospital  being joined on stage by the amazing singer/songwriter Javier Colon at a benefit for White Plains Hospital/Mariano Rivera Celebrity Event and Golf Tournament. Javier is best known for winning the first season of The Voice, coached by Adam Levine. When, I asked him what he’d like to sing with our band, Best Kept Secret, he suggested two Stevie Wonder classics,“Signed Sealed Delivered” and “I Wish.” It was an extraordinary experience with Javier singing lead with Best Kept Secret backing him up. Most memorably was the four part harmonies created at the end of Signed Sealed Delivered.

Since everyone has heard the original, I wanted to share this delicate duet by Ariana Grande & Kenneth Brian “Babyface” Edmond. Babyface has written and produced an astonishing 26 #1 R ‘n B hits, and 23 year old Ariana has a remarkable voice that brings comparison to 90s icons Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey

I normally print out the lyrics to every song I “blog” about. But I think it’s safe to say that everyone alive knows, at least, the chorus, if not every lyric. Here’s just a taste…

Like a fool I went and stayed too long
Now I’m wondering if your love’s still strong
Oo baby, here I am,
Signed, sealed delivered, I’m yours


Stevie Wonder is nothing less than a musical genius.
Leave a comment to let me know what you think.     -Doug


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.

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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Water Music, Suite #2, Alla Hornpipe-George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach composed some of the most beloved music of all time. Ironically, both were born and raised in Germany in the same year, 1685. Bach lived until 1750, Handel until 1759. The inspiring and elegant work of these two men literally has come to represent the very definition of the term “Baroque Music.”
Handel is most often remembered for composing The Messiah, with its famous “Hallelujah Chorus.”  (Bach is remembered for composing just about everything else). But, in addition,
Handel’s “Water Music” remains one of his most enduring compositions. What you are listening to is his “Suite in D Major,” often referred to as “Suite No. 2.”  (There are three entire suites that comprise the complete “Water Music.” )  To make it a little more confusing, each suite is made up of several parts. “Alla Hornpipe” is the name given to the 2nd movement of the 2nd suite.

George Frideric Handel

The piece is known for its regal nobility and triumphant trumpets. It runs deep and powerfully. And it translates so beautifully into other instruments,  as it sounds just as spectacular with a string quartet if you are using traditional “Classical” Music. It’s definitely a bold choice for your recession. But if you can “own” that sense of elegant monarchy and power for just a few minutes, it’s an exquisite solution.

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Cissy Strut-The Meters

The Meters are a band introduced to me by one of my favorite clients who had gone to Tulane, deeply entrenched in the New Orleans Sound. “Cissy Strut” has a truly infectiously funky groove indigenous to that great historical city.

Even as an instrumental with no lyrics it stands alone as a simple. happy, funky groove. Perfect as a fun choice for a Recessional to allow your guests to dance into the cocktail hour.

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The possibilities of processional and recessional songs are endless, if you consider 400 years of “Classical Music” as well as contemporary songs that have particular meaning to you as a couple.

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Hey Pocky Way-The Meters

I’ve used this incredibly catchy song by the band The Meters as a recessional tune several times since it was first requested to me by one of our wedding couples who had gone to college at Tulane University and fell in love with the distinctly infectious beat simply known as the New Orleans or Cajun music. “Hey Pocky Way” (also seen spelled as “Hey Pocky a-Way”) as well as The Cissy Strut Listen to it a couple of times and tell me you can’t see yourself dancing your way out to grab that first cocktail of the night. Fabulous choice.

I have no idea what “Hey Pocky A-way” even means, but I guess it has as much a place on this list as “Betchabygollywow” by The Stylistics, which you’ll find in the Processionals Section. As discussed with James Brown style funk, the lyrics to songs like Hey Pocky Way are almost an afterthought after establishing the beat. But it really is a great beat.

Little bitty boy, with a heart of steel
You can’t boogie now but your sister sure will
Feel good music, I’ve been told
Good for your body and it’s good for your soul
Gonna do it now…Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, pocky a-way
Hey, hey, hey, hey, pocky a-way


Listen and see if you can see yourself dancing up the aisle after saying “I do.”
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One Love-Bob Marley

What’s makes a statement that you have just committed yourself to spend the rest of your life with one person than the simple words One Love?” To even the most casual listener Bob Marley = “reggae” And this song is certainly one of his most famous. The instantly recognizable reggae beat is joyous in its simplicity and the melody is strong enough to work as an instrumental. And it’s guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of your friends and loved ones as they head toward the cocktail hour. It’s certainly not an overwhelming song to overpower the actual recession. It’s just a perfect little melody and groove to commemorate the moment of the very first moments of your marriage. Even though the vocals aren’t ever sung during the recessionals, you can see why these unsung lyrics are perfect for saying “I love you” after your “I dos!”


One love, one heart
Let’s get together and feel all right.
Hear the children cryin’ (One Love)
Hear the children cryin’ (One Heart)
Sayin’, give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right;
Sayin’, let’s get together and feel all right.


This is one of the best suggestions I have for recessionals, because of the fun and immediate recognizability of the reggae classic “One Love.”  It’s guaranteed to get your guests up and dancing, following you down the aisle…headed for your unforgettable party.

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