Soundtrack to a Wedding

Today is our two month anniversary.  It’s been a wonderful two months and I could not be any happier.  So, to celebrate, I’m posting the music that made our wedding.  Music is a huge part of Kristen and my relationship.  Our first “date” consisted of coffee and the exchange of mix CD’s.  I’ve made her about 15 since then and we’ve been to shows together and have enjoyed introducing each other to new music.  So we wanted music to be a large part of our wedding experience.

There were 3 playlists made for the wedding, even though only one actually got used.  Music during the ceremony did not work out, but it ended up being better that way.  So I figured I’d share the playlists here so that they actually do see the light of day, beyond the limited exposure that they got.

The first playlist was called “Not Rehearsal” (I know, original title…).  We had a Mexican dinner gathering, but since there was really no wedding party we did not need a rehearsal.  Unfortunately there was no way to play this playlist at the beach house where my family and I were staying, so this playlist never saw the light of day.  The best way I can describe it is “cool background music”.  This playlist was heavy on Jazz, Reggae, and Singer/Songwriter, with some other lighter stuff mixed in.


Baby Will Raam Rusted Root

Hamburg Song Keane Under The Iron Sea

No Woman No Cry Bob Marley & The Wailers

Lille Lisa Hannigan

Miracle Foo Fighters

One Of These Things First Nick Drake

Razor Face Elton John

New Day Robbie Seay Band

Always Right Paul Michel

Let Go Frou Frou

Sweet Thing Van Morrison

You and I Wilco

Just Another Old Love Song Joe Purdy

Bottle It Up Sara Bareilles

I Don’t Know Lily Allen

Under Trees Or Overseas The Local

Whose Heart Are You Breakin Tonight? John Ralston

Cannonball Damien Rice

She’s Always A Woman Copeland

Stitched Up (Featuring John Mayer) Herbie Hancock

I Love the Rain the Most Joe Purdy

Tiny Dancer Elton John

Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk Rufus Wainwright

The Zephyr Song Red Hot Chili Peppers

Trouble Ray LaMontagne

Keep it loose, keep it tight Amos Lee

Angel From Montgomery Bonnie Raitt & John Prine

How Will He Find Me? Deb Talan

1234 Feist

One Thing Finger Eleven

One Love Bob Marley

Astral Weeks Van Morrison

Desire Ryan Adams

C + F Sam Prekop

Peace Train Cat Stevens

Fire Augustana

Stir it up Bob Marley & The Wailers

Denton, TX Damien Jurado

All at Sea Richard Walters

Killing The Blues Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Calling All Friends Low Stars

Sure Hope You Mean It Raphael Saadiq

Jesus Was A Crossmaker The Hollies

Someone Saved My Life Tonight Elton John

Writing Home David McGrath

Falling Ben Kweller

Three Little Birds Bob Marley

The Call Regina Spektor

Piano Song Meiko

Glory & Consequence Ben Harper

Don’t Wait Too Long Madeleine Peyroux

All I Want Is You Jars of Clay

Snow (Hey Oh) Red Hot Chili Peppers

Chasing Pirates Norah Jones

I and Love and You Avett Brothers So Much To Save

So there’s that.  Then, there was another playlist that actually made it onto CD’s that we were supposed to give out at the wedding but we never really discussed a good distribution plan and other things took precedent and I ended up giving my mother a full spindle of CD’s saying “Here, pass these out to friends and family that are still around tomorrow” as we left on our premoon (that’s the weekend honeymoon for those keeping score at home…another one to come soon, a full week honeymoon).  So this one is called Toes in the Sand and it reflects Kristen and I and what we’d listen to together at the beach during a beautiful sunset with our shoes off.  I do know that this one made it out to CA where my uncle David has been listening to it in the house and impressing his daughters with his awesome music taste…


Sweet Thing Van Morrison

You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go Madeleine Peyroux

Beautiful G. Love & Special Sauce

Come With Me Donavon Frankenreiter

Got To Get You Into My Life The Gabe Dixon Band

Everything’s All Right (I Think It’s Time) Jude

She Is My Everything John Prine

Broken Jack Johnson

Two Ryan Adams

Gotta Have You The Weepies

Life in Technicolor II Coldplay

wash Away (reprise) Joe Purdy

She’s Only Happy In The Sun Ben Harper

Let It Be Me Ray LaMontagne

Edge Of Desire John Mayer

Sunshine Matt Costa

Comes And Goes (In Waves) Greg Laswell

Summer Breeze Jason Mraz

Everything I Need Keb’ Mo’

Love That Girl Raphael Saadiq

And then, there is the total masterpiece, the one I consider the best mix I’ve ever made, which is saying something since I’ve made dozens and dozens in my life.  This one was played at the reception and was enjoyed by all of our guests.  The idea was to get songs that were known and new, fun and upbeat, but not distracting.  There is some old stuff here, some classic stuff, some unexpected stuff, and some dancy stuff.  All in all, just a great mix.  I give you Cupcakes and Salsa.


Sweet Thing Van Morrison

Son of a Preacher Man Dusty Springfield

Teenage Wedding Chuck Berry

Don`t Stop `Til You Get Enough Michael Jackson

Best Of My Love The Emotions

Beast of Burden The Rolling Stones

Teach Your Young Ones Zach Williams and the Ramparts

Hooked On Love Grand Funk Railroad

Dancing In the Moonlight King Harvest

Groove Me King Floyd

Golden Years David Bowie

Jungle Boogie Kool & the Gang

Heart Of Glass Blondie

Groove Is In The Heart Deee-Lite

Superstition Stevie Wonder

Worst Trip Dr. Dog

Love That Girl Raphael Saadiq

Poison Pushy Stanton Moore

Everything I Need Keb’ Mo’

Tupelo Honey Van Morrison

He Can Only Hold Her Amy Winehouse

Oh Dave Matthews

Side With the Seeds Wilco

Gotta Have You The Weepies

Two Of Us Aimee Mann & Michael Penn

I’m Yours Jason Mraz

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life Stevie Wonder

Clocks (Cuban Version) Coldplay

Golden Brown Stranglers

Never Had Nobody Like You (Featuring Zooey Deschanel) M. Ward

Monday Night Ryan Adams

Please Read The Letter Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Shine A Light The Rolling Stones

In Repair John Mayer

Summer Breeze Jason Mraz

Come Around Counting Crows

Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (August 30th) Vampire Weekend

Heart It Races Dr. Dog

Napolean Says Phoenix

Good To Sea Pinback

This Is No Fun School of Language

The Good Old Days The Lodger

The Way We Get By Spoon

Set in Stone Catfish Haven

Fences Phoenix

Marine Life School of Language

Sugarfoot Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Fans Kings Of Leon

Love You Madly Cake

Send Me On My Way Rusted Root

Blue Canoe Blue Mountain

Sunday Morning Maroon 5

There is a little overlap between the playlists and you probably noticed that Sweet Thing by Van Morrison made all three lists, but that’s because it is our song and we just had to have it as much as possible.   And I chose the name Cupcakes and Salsa because that is what we ate at the reception.  It’s us and so are these songs.  So enjoy our wedding soundtrack and feel free to use some for your own.


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