Who sang it better, Ellie, Sir Elton, or Lady Gaga?

February 18, 2019

Your Song is on The Knot’s list of the 50 best first dance songs. This was Elton John’s first big hit, and to this day, it is still considered one of his best.

Sir Elton recorded it when his vocal chops were at their best, as you can hear below in this remastered recording:

Elton’s tender melody is a perfect match for Bernie Taupin’s lyrics, which includes this classic line:

“I hope you don’t mind, I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words,

how wonderful life is while you’re in this world.”

Imagine dancing your first wedding dance to this incredible song. Ah … but the question is, to whom’s version of this song should you dance?

As with any classic song, other great artists flock to it with their own unique interpretations.

Remember our earlier blogpost, “Fabulous Cover Songs that Blew Away the Original?” Sometimes the upstarts exceed their masters.

For example, the English singer, Ellie Goulding, knocks Your Song out of the park with this haunting rendition:

Ms. Goulding reharmonizes the verses to give her own, unique stamp of approval to Sir Elton’s and Bernie’s masterpiece.

One of rock’s biggest super stars, Lady Gaga, takes it in a different direction with her husky vocals:

Millennials with a penchant for classic rock may find themselves drawn to Three Dog Night’s 1970s cover of Your Song.

Not to be outdone, movie director, Baz Luhrmann, incorporated Your Song into the movie, Moulin Rouge, with over-the-top audacity, as you can see below:

You just can’t look away as Ewan McGregor woos Nicole Kidman in this vibrant cover of a classic song.

Which version is best? That’s your call, because this is your wedding. DJ Brian Anderson can play any version you prefer. We offer the flexibility, the professional flair, and the state-of-the-art technology to create a magic moment that declares, “this is your song.”

How to break the ice at a pre-wedding luncheon

By brianandersondeejay | March 27, 2017

The scene is tense.

Families come together for a pre-wedding luncheon.  An old girl friend of the groom is there.  Yikes!  This could get pretty uncomfortable.  Fast.

What to do?  Why it is simple:  break into song!

I post above for your viewing pleasure that memorable scene from “My Best Friend’s Wedding” when Rupert Everett does just that.  He starts singing that golden-oldie from the 60s, “I Say  a Little Prayer for You.”

Before you know it, the whole restaurant is singing along!  Aah … if only life were a musical!

Stress-free wedding planning for Alabama brides

Many brides let the process of wedding planning stress them out.  I get it.  There are a lot of details to get in place.  We can help you with the entertainment. We’ll take the stress right out of the wedding planning so you can start having fun again.

In the meantime, take a few minutes to watch this very funny scene starring Julia Roberts.  A good laugh always makes the day better … and less stressful.

[Entertainment makes the difference at wedding receptions. Check out DJ Brian Anderson’s services here.]


 

Read this great wedding toast script. This is how it is done!

By brianandersondeejay | March 20, 2017

 

wedding toast scriptLet’s be honest…

A lot of people clench up when they have to make a toast. We’ve created a nice wedding toast script to take the heat off.

Wedding receptions can be especially stressful because the best man and maid of honor often put too much pressure on themselves.  They overcompensate by having an extra drink or two and … well, you know how that can go:  downhill fast.

We can help.

We’ve created a nice wedding toast script.

Obviously, your toasters aren’t going to use this word for word.  But it’ll help them get started.

It’ll channel them in the right direct using the guidelines we wrote about in last week’s blogpost [“How to avoid wedding toast disasters.”]

Ultimately, it takes the heat off since this script lays down some nice parameters for them.  Remember:  the point of this wedding toast script is simply to help them get started.  It is their personal experience with you, and the way that they convey it, that ultimately makes the difference.

Read this wedding toast script and let me know what you think:

[Opening]: 

“I am truly honored to toast the marriage of [Bride’s Name] and [Groom’s Name].

I’ve never been one to pay any attention to people who claim that they can predict the future.  But guess what, I’m going to predict the future:  I see a happy, fulfilling married life stretching out before you two, and I could not be happier.

Looking out at this great group of your family and friends who’ve come to witness this watershed event, I can see that they agree with me.

The truth is, I don’t need a crystal ball to know that good things await you in your married life, because I know [Groom’s Name].

[Provide personal anecdote]: 

We met when we were in college.  We had nothing in common.  I’m short, he’s tall.  I’m a Packer’s fan; he’s a Cowboys fan.  I’m really good looking.  And he’s … well, he’s even better looking!

But we both had this thing for rock climbing.  I tell you what, if you want to get to know someone, go rock climbing with him.

I don’t know how many times we went out.  It’s a lot.  One time stood out.  We were walking on a precipice some twenty feet above a lake.  We heard some splashing in the water below.  Suddenly, some kid started screaming like I’ve never heard screaming before in my life.  His dog was in the water … and apparently drowning.

Now I thought that God had hard-wired the dog paddle into every dog ever born.  But this one must have been a mutant, because it was going down for the last count.

Before I could even fully process the situation, [Groom’s Name] made a mighty leap into the lake below.  I’ve got to admit, I couldn’t have done it.  But he did.  Within seconds, he had the scared pup in his arms and back onto dry land in minutes.

You should’ve seen that kid’s face.  I’ll never forget it.  I’ll never forget what you did that day.

[Bring bride into the toast]: 

Now, imagine what a guy like that would do for a friend.  Even more, imagine what a man like that would do for the woman he loves.

I can attest to the fact, [Bride’s Name], that [Groom’s Name] loves you more than anything … or anyone he’s ever loved in his life.

When he spoke that line in the vows about loving you even in ‘sickness and in health, in good times and in bad,’ well he meant it.

And since I’ve gotten to know you and discover what an incredibly wonderful person you are too, [Bride’s Name], I know you meant those vows every bit as much as [Groom’s Name].  You are a beautiful person on the outside, but even more importantly, on the inside.

Some people would say that it’s destiny that brought you together.  Well, I would suggest God had something to do with it.  Yes, I maintain that the creator of the universe surely pulled some strings to bring you two together, because you are so right for each other.

[Close by telling the audience specifically what they’re supposed to do]:

On this day of celebration, I ask each of you to raise your glass and join me in paying tribute to Mr. and Mrs. [Couple’s Last Name].”

To reiterate, you can’t use this wedding toast script exactly as written. Come up with your own anecdote. Make it warm. Use it to highlight the class, the integrity, and the character of the subject of your toast.

Alabama wedding parties in Huntsville, Birmingham, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Gadsden, Anniston, Decatur, Cullman, Scottsboro, Fort Payne, Guntersville,  Albertville, Boaz and all areas in between should share this script with their best men and maids of honor.

Good luck, and cheers!

[Entertainment makes the difference at wedding receptions. Check out Brian Anderson Entertainment services here.]


 

How to avoid wedding toast disasters

By brianandersondeejay | March 8, 2017

Let me guess:  you’ve got a well-intentioned best man and maid of honor.

They know you.  They love you.  And wedding etiquette calls on them to stand up and toast you at your wedding reception.

Beware.  These beloved friends or family can morph into your worst nightmare.  Don’t let them hijack your wedding reception with an embarrassing, meandering, or never-ending toast.

Beer and a microphone can lead to wedding toast disasters

In fairness, your best man or maid of honor doesn’t want to embarrass you or scandalize your family, but beer and a microphone can be a dangerous combination.  A nice, warm three minute toast can quickly devolve into a dozen minutes of booze-drenched awkwardness if you’re not prepared.

Be prepared.

Provide your event’s toasters with the following guidelines as provided by Toastmasters International.

  1. Keep it short and sweet.  It is important to get to the point and make people smile.  A few minutes is all you need.
  2. Be careful with humor.  Avoid the risque.  Under no circumstances should you embarrass the person being toasted.
  3. Practice.  At the very least, jot down a brief outline of what you want to say.  If you’re prone to nervousness, you might want to script your toast and time it.

As the bride and groom, this is your party.  I encourage you to say something like this to your toasters:

“Thank-you for being my [best man/maid of honor].  I am so honored to have you share this day with me in such a meaningful way.  I wanted to be sure you knew that we’d like you to make a brief toast after dinner.  You okay with that?  We’d like you to keep it fairly brief, 3 minutes … 4 max.  Share something special you see in our relationship and wish us well.  I know I don’t need to say this, but please, nothing off color or embarrassing.”

Be direct.

Really say something like this to be sure everyone’s on the same page.  Or simply print this page off and hand it your toasters (or share the link with them).

Now, let us all raise a glass to honor this beautiful couple.  May God richly bless your marriage!

[Check back next week for an actual script for a nice wedding toast.  Your best man and maid of honor will love it! In the meantime, Alabama and Tennessee brides can check out our wedding services here!]