wedding jazz standard

One of the most delightful melodies ever written for theater is “All the things you are.” It is simply lovely musically and lyrically, which is why it has become something of a wedding jazz standard. The music was written by Jerome Kern in 1939 for a little known musical (Very Warm for May), with lyrics…

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real love

What is real love? Well, for one it is the name of the last love song recorded by The Beatles years after the band broke up. For another, one of history’s great philosophers, Thomas Aquinas, said real love means to will the good of the other for the sake of the other, which is a…

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Adele burst onto the music scene in 2009 and has never looked back. The 2009 Grammy Awards named her best new artist and best female pop vocal performance. Although she’s known for writing compelling break-up ballads, she knows her way around a love song, too. Let’s take a look at some of the best Adele…

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Broadway love song

Broadway has produced a plethora of passionate love songs over the decades. But you’ve got to carefully review the lyrics, because not every Broadway love song works for your first dance. For example, the epic “If I Loved You” from Carousel is an endearing love song with a melody that soars and touches the soul.…

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Best Broadway songs

This blog loves to write about the great songs you can consider for your first dance. There are so many options. We’ve written about contemporary and classic songs couples request for their first dance. Today’s blog considers some of the best Broadway songs for your wedding reception first dance. In light of the phenomenal success…

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Stevie Wonder's classic first dance song

Stevie Wonder released his best-selling album, “Songs in the Key of Life,” in 1976. He jammed 21 songs into the album which explored a wide variety of musical genres. One track from the album, “As,” is a popular wedding song. In fact, The Knot lists it #2  on their list of classic first dance songs.…

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romantic first dance song

The Knot lists John Legend’s “All of Me” as the most romantic first dance song around, perfect for your first wedding dance song. “All of me” became Legend’s first #1 hit when it was released on 2013. He dedicated the song to his wife, television personality and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, Chrissie Teigen. More people…

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Cole Porter for Millennials

Cole Porter transformed music in America by writing smart, witty, and totally catchy songs for theater and popular culture. And yet he is even less known among millennials than George Gershwin, who we wrote about last week. Millennials should get to know this giant, because he wrote love songs still requested at weddings today. Unlike…

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Gershwin for Millennials

George Gershwin is one of the greatest American songwriters ever. His songs are still played at weddings to this day, and yet 3 out of 10 millennials have never heard of him. Gershwin lived and died in the early part of the 20th century. Songs have changed dramatically since that golden era. The Spanish National…

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Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect”

Spotify has Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” listed as number three on their list of top wedding songs. Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” comes in at number two, and Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” comes in at number one. Since we’ve already written about “Thinking Out Loud,” let’s focus on the other two songs. “Marry You” Mars co-wrote and…

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