One of the blamillion questions that needs answering when a couple is planning a wedding is what song they will use for their first dance. Luckily, our tastes are simpatico and there are a lot of songs that have meaning for us. Some contenders I’d mulled, prior to even getting into the joint discussion on the matter:
“If I Needed You” by Lyle Lovett
Cons: While decidedly romantic, the lyrics are somewhat open ended. I want one thing most of all on the big day (besides the 5-quart Le Crueset roaster): resolution.
“Razor Love” by Neil Young
Cons: In typical Young fashion, a proper version clocks in at over 10 minutes. Also the members of Lynyrd Skynyrd who will be in attendance will be peeved. Those dudes really hold a grudge. [Update: Sadly, any humor in this observation is nullified by its complete lack of accuracy. Turns out, Van Zandt and Young were actually chummy. Thanks to Rock Creek Rambler who shall henceforth be referred to as Facty Magoo. Mainly by me. And mainly while drunk.]
“The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
Cons: I get Ben Folds’ point, but on second thought, I don’t want any references to old people kicking the bucket on my wedding.
“Sparkle and Shine” by Steve Earle
Cons: There are no cons with the song itself. And my fiancé sings it to me. You can’t beat that. Bonus points because Earle is married to hot redhead Allison Moorer. However, I believe the playing of the bearded, anti-war rabblerouser within 100 yards of the White House is strictly prohibited.
Once we convened on this issue the matter was quickly and easily settled though. It’ll be Willie Nelson’s “I’ve Loved You All Over the World.” Lots of reasons, no real question about it.
Now, we’ll likely opt for the romantic lean-and-sway approach to actually executing the first dance. But this couple (called to my attention by alert tipster Dena, who is getting so good at this that she might soon win a set of steak knives) provides a compelling argument for checking dignity at the door.
To clear your brain of the image of the newlyweds turning one of the most important days of their lives into a floor show worthy of Rumors, how about M. Ward doing a cover of the song that lends its lyric to this post’s title? It was another possibility. Enjoy the mellow.