Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Luckiest

Click the little blue play button above to listen back to the "The Luckiest," from our wedding ceremony. The performance featured Hannah's sister McKay and the St. Charles String Quartet, and was recorded courtesy of Lucky Day drummer Dave Ray. It might take a second for the play button to appear, especially if you're on a slow-ish connection.

Also, click here and press the "Download mp3 file" button to download the song to your hard drive. This will let you put the song on your iPod, burn it to a CD, convert it to an 8-track tape, or whatever your preference may be.

There's lots Hannah and I could say about the music for both the ceremony and the reception, but the simplest way to put it is that it was something that we both put a lot of thought and effort into. Every song you heard that day was either hand-picked by us or requested. "The Luckiest" was such an obvious choice for the ceremony that we put off making a final decisions about the reception playlist for months. Sometimes it seemed like too much of a time-eater; I spent about 2 hours searching for a good techno remix of Led Zepplin's "Immigrant Song" that could have been spent, oh, I don't know, doing something important.

However, we have gotten a lot of compliments about the music (even from the photographers!), and since music is such a big part of both of our identities, it wouldn't have been right to have our wedding without our friends Ben Folds, Radiohead, Nickel Creek, the Weakerthans, the Beatles, Umphrey's McGee, Mark O'Connor, Andrew Bird, Porcupine Tree, Wesley Willis, Rufus Wainwright, Kanye West, Social D, Johnny Cash, Jamiroquai, etc etc etc there as well. We could have had the most unique, off the wall, utterly insane wedding ceremony imaginable, but the second that obnoxious Lonestar song started playing, it wouldn't have been us anymore. The fact that we were true to ourselves but everyone still enjoyed it is another example of how awesome and supportive everyone has been through this whole experience.

I'm hoping to have a recording of the rest of the music (and hopefully the ceremony itself) soon, and will hopefully be cooking up many delicious audiogoodies with them. Stay tuned.


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