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The Sound of Marriage

JENNIFER HARPER
special to the daily

Jessica Miller thought she had the perfect song picked out for the first dance at her wedding December 2004 ” Gavin DeGraw’s “More Than Anyone” ” that is, until she realized the song was about splitting up with someone.

“‘I’m gonna love you more than anyone/I’m gonna hold you closer than before,’ like before we were married,'” she recited the incriminating DeGraw lyrics. “‘If you need a friend, I’ll be around?!’ Damn right I’ll be around because we’ll be married,” she exclaimed upon discovering the song’s unfit message for her first wedding song.

Being her dutiful maid of honor, I assured her that no one would be paying attention to the slightly off-the-mark lyrics while watching her and her betrothed dance for the first time as a married couple.

However, she and her husband, Robbie, ended up choosing a different song ” the wedding-appropriate “At Last” by Etta James.

For my own wedding in April 2005, I wanted to go the more upbeat ” yet still nuptially inclined ” route for the first dance number with “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” sung by James Taylor. My husband, Brian, was all for it ” until a couple of weeks before our wedding when he realized he would actually have to dance to the non-clutch-and-sway song.

We ended up going with the slower-tempo “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison, a very sweet song that’s not rare to the traditional list of first dance numbers, which usually includes the likes of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love (with you),” “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton, Bette Midler’s “The Rose,” a revolving list of Top-40 songs and a myriad of Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits.

Let’s face it: unless you’re Fred and Ginger or Johnny and Baby from “Dirty Dancing,” the first dance at your wedding probably isn’t going to be a performance for the ages. So you might as well pick a song you really like and/or one that’s meaningful to you and your soon-to-be spouse.

Wildernest resident Jaime Light chose a song personal to her and her husband, Richard, to dance to at their wedding ” “Colorado Lullaby” written and sung by Summit County musician Moe Dixon.

According to Jaime, Dixon’s song was the clear choice, because it’s about two people who fall in love in Colorado and end up getting married ” a love story that could have been written about Jaime and Richard, who met while working at Copper Mountain.

“We got to know each other by going to Moe’s apres ski shows together,” Jaime said. “Once when he was singing the song, Moe stopped and looked up at Richard and me and said, ‘This could be about you two someday.’ It was a premonition.”

The couple flew Dixon out to Vermont for the wedding, booking him before they even booked the church. He was backed up by a string duet out of Montreal.

Though Jaime claims she and Richard aren’t great dancers, she said, “We’d had a lot of wine so it worked out all right.”

Frisco resident Lindsey Krusen was a bridesmaid in her friend Allison Reddick’s wedding, where Reddick’s husband, professional golfer/amateur rapper Randall Hunt, wrote a rap for their first dance.

“‘Allison Reddick, my girl and my friend/Allison Reddick, on you I can depend,’ and he, like, incorporated her phone number into a rhyme,” Krusen said, reenacting part of the chorus. “And we were at this beautiful vineyard. It was super-fancy ” night time, black tie ” but he didn’t care. We were all just dancing to this rap.

“You didn’t really know how to slow dance to it.”

So whether it’s to rap, rock or country, the important thing about the first dance is that no matter who steps on whose foot or who does the MC Hammer dance during a slow number, you’re in it together. And you can catch each other if you fall, or just pull the other person down to the ground with you while laughing hysterically.


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