Monday, July 14, 2008

Zack Harrison Memorial Monday: Wedding Edition

Hey y'all. I was in the TX this weekend. More specifically, the DFW. The BF's college BFF got hitched to a chick from TX A&M. Mostly, this meant lots of driving. Did you know that from any one point in the greater Dallas area, you are exactly and approximately 35 - 98 minutes from where you want to be? It's amazing, really. We made it into town Friday night just in time for the rehearsal dinner. It was lovely. I knew no one. When I know no one, I turn to the one thing that never stares at me awkwardly fumbling for the words to respond to my totally inappropriate comment, red wine. And lots of it. By the end of the night, the table knew more about me than I know.

Saturday was spent in various states of recovery and included a trip to Taco Delite prior to gussying up for the wedding. It was hot as balls outside and in the church, but overall a lovely ceremony in spite of the reverend repeating that marriage is only for a man and a woman and that if you are single you suck. Well, anyway, the bride looked beautiful.

We bailed on the reception (it's complicated) and went to the Angelika to see War, Inc. It's so nice to have a theater that isn't afraid of to show the potentially unpopular. Here in the OK, your choices usually range from five or six screens of the latest blockbuster. Yay. Right, so, the movie was meh. Until I was reviewing the credits and noticed that it was co-authored by Mark Leyner. If you've never read Mark Leyner, you probably should. Just a little. Start with the short stories like Tooth Imprints on a Corn Dog. It's hard to concisely describe the reading experience. Oddly enough, it was the namesake of this post that turned me on to this guy. RIP.

Speaking of which, songs not to play at a reception:

Song for the Dumped - Ben Folds Five
Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon
D-I-V-O-R-C-E - Tammy Wynette
Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
Single Again - Fiery Furnaces
Love The One You're With - CSNY

Songs I would play that everyone would hate:

Two of Us - Beatles
Our Way to Fall - Yo la Tengo
Harvest Moon - Neil Young

What would/did you play? You know, just in case I plan someone's wedding.


Julie_Gong said...

I would only allow, Kool & the Gang - Celebration.

It is time to get funky!

Dwight said...

Ten years ago this Friday, they played "I Got a Girl" by Tripping Daisy at our wedding reception (because exactly 3 years prior, our first date was to a Tripping Daisy show at a club in Tulsa).

Rev. Rob said...

"Fade Into You" by Mazzy Star. If I ever decide to jump into that pit of darkness called marriage.

speedysari said...

'The Luckiest' - Ben Folds would definitely have to be in there somewhere. And maybe 'Magnolia Wind' - Guy Clark.

Michael5000 said...

Although, I have heard "Love the One You're With" at a wedding. Classy.

Mrs.5K and I played the first Dengue Fever record at our reception. And Eliades Ochoa. Must have been some other stuff, too.

TaraTot said...

I'm banning any and all Mariah Carey and Shania Twain from my upcoming reception.

Things I will play:
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered" by Stevie Wonder
"My Best Friend" - Queen
"TNT" - ACDC (duuuh... Todd & Tara)
A cover of "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel that we ♥
And the obligatory "Bust a Move" because it's fiancé's fav old school rap song