One of the great things about DJing weddings on a regular basis is discovering new music through my clients’ playlists. Every wedding I find one or two great songs that I’ve absolutely never heard of (and after collecting records for over 30 years I’ve heard a lot of songs!). Two songs which I discovered through playlists which I know play regularly at weddings (and elsewhere) are Madeleine Peyroux’s “Dance Me to the End of Love” and another is Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová doing “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” Beautiful stuff which I never knew existed!
Besides new (to me) songs, wedding playlists also help me re-discover great old songs which I’d long forgotten about. Last week I rediscovered an old gem from my youth, Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man,” from 1968. I saw this on the playlist and smiled. Now this playlist included traditional Jewish wedding dances, Pitbull, Otis Redding, Rihanna, Billy Idol and Wilco. This was a truly eclectic playlist. I decided to play this song at the very end of the night and it went over perfectly. The Wikipedia entry on the song is fascinating.
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