About a year ago, Jesse wrote a blog post that included five unique songs he’d like to see couples play during their first dance. While I love all the songs he selected, it got me thinking about which songs I’d like to hear during a first dance. So, without further ado, here are my selections:
1) “Hey Daydreamer” by Neil Halstead
This song feels both uptempo and relaxed at the same time, so it works for those who want to show off some fancy dance moves and those who prefer to just stand and sway. Plus, it’s got lovely lyrics sung in an equally lovely voice.
2) “The Book of Love” – Peter Gabriel (The Magnetic Fields cover)
I’ve always enjoyed this song for its tribute to the dichotomies of love. Some love songs are transcendental, while others are a bit cheesy.
3) “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young
I remember being little and watching my parents dancing together to this song in the living room after dinner. I always thought it was so romantic that after three children and so many years together, they could still steal a moment that was just for the two of them. Plus, check out the awesome early 90s fashion in the video!
4) “Bermuda Highway” by My Morning Jacket
For this one, you’re gonna have to ignore the lyrics. It’s not about love, but it’s one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. This song is purely about the music. Of course, I prefer the live version, so one million Internet Points if you get Jim James to play at your wedding.*
5) “To Build a Home” by the Cinematic Orchestra
Another amazing song that is just perfectly crafted. Schweppes used this in an award-winning ad campaign a few years back, but I think it would work equally well at a wedding reception.
*Internet Points are not a real thing and have no monetary value. I just made them up.