Post # 1
So, I’ve been thinking about this topic for MONTHS and still can’t nail down what I want. I know what I’m walking to, but other than that… i’m blank.
Just as an idea, i’m walking down to Come What May from Moulin Rouge… the piano version.
Here’s the problem. I was 100% okay with playing recorded piano, acoustic guitar music with CD’s during the ceremony. My parents thought a live piano sounded better, so I asked a good friend of mine if she would play for me. I knew she was flakey and had lots of back up songs picked out just in case, and, as I expected, she backed out last week. So, here we are again.
The issue is that I’m really kind of bored with the typical wedding music. I really want something new and updated, and stuff that people actually know the song, but it’s the instrumental version so it kind of catches them off guard. I have found a LOT of beautiful recorded piano and acoustic guitar songs. My parents want a live instrument, and have talked about a pianist or a harp player. I am definitely one that appreciates the beauty of live instruments, and I’m right there with them, except that it’s a month until the wedding and I’m afraid if I go with a live instrument, it’s going to end up being the same typical wedding music that I’m adament about not playing. I don’t want to ask someone to learn a whole new playlist of songs within a month.
I also am not sure how it’s going to sound mixing recorded piano, with recorded acoustic, with some lyrical songs (like Sarah McLachlan-Ice Cream).
Post # 3
I’ve always loved the opening song from Forrest Gump. It can be played on the piano or harp probably. I walked down to a John Denver son (Annie’s song), my bridal party walked to “Lean on Me” and Darling Husband and I recessed to Joshua Radin’s “I’d rather be with you”…all were played on acoustic guitar by a friend
What about a Bob Marley song or a Ben Harper or Jack Johnson song?
Post # 4
I heard someone play a piano version of that Bruno Mars song “Just the way you are…” (not sure if that’s the actual name) and it was awesome.
Post # 5
Have you ever heard of Vitamin String Quartet? They do covers of popular songs but all insturmental. It would have to be a recording, but they sound wonderful! You should look them up on youtube or itunes!
Post # 6
Use movie soundtracks! They can be hauntingly gorgeous and dramatic!!
Post # 7
@PitBulLover: I love the idea of the bridal party walking to lean on me. I think we’re probably going to have an acoustic guitar as well, so I’m trying to pick songs I know can be played that way. Thanks for your suggestions!
@MademoiselleL: I think i’ve heard that too. It amazes me how people can take a pop song or songs that I really don’t like on the radio and turn them into something SO beautiful on a piano or guitar.
@rachel3212: I have heard of them. They’re awesome!
@rubyred605: That’s where I got a lot of my inspiration. I’m hoping that maybe I can take some of those songs I found and translate them into piano/guitar. A good musician can usually do this depending on the song.