July 19, 2008
The day is finally here. In a few hours I’m going to be a married man and this is the mix that we are giving out as CD favors (along with a few random musings that I included in a booklet) to the guests. I want to thank all my readers for the kind words over the years about me and Celeste, and for reading what I have to say here. I’m going to be gone for a week, honeymooning, but I hope you enjoy this mix while I’m away. Huzzah!
1. Sleeping At Last – Umbrellas
This is “our song”. I proposed to Celeste at a Sleeping At Last concert while this song was playing, after a special dedication from the band. We also shared our first dance to “Umbrellas”.
2. Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla
“Hoppipolla” (which is Icelandic for “Jumping Into Puddles”) is the song that played during the recessional and is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard.
3. Iron & Wine – Love and Some Verses
Iron & Wine is Celeste’s favorite band and this is one of their prettiest love songs. Sean and Whitney gave a lovely performance of this song at our ceremony.
4. The Frames – Falling Slowly
This beautiful track is the theme to the film Once, it won best original song last year at the Oscars and is one of our favorite love songs.
5. The The – This Is The Day
This is an awesome wedding song and who doesn’t love accordian solos?
6. Nada Surf – Always Love
We both love the lyrics to this infectious song: “Always love , Hate will get you everytime”. Not bad advice, right?
7. Feist – Mushaboom
Feist is most famous for her “1234 “ iPod commercial, but this song is her best. The lyrics are about starting your life together and not having much other than love. Sounds like us!
8. U2 – Unchained Melody
This is U2’s enchanting version of the classic Righteous Brothers’ love song.
9. Barry Louis Polisar- All I Want
A cutesy folk tune with some clever love metaphors and a zippy harmonica solo.
10. Sufjan Stevens – Dress Looks Nice On You
Sufjan Stevens is my favorite singer/songwriter (take note, music appreciators) and I love just about everything he’s done. This gorgeous acoustic piece is no exception.
11. Stars – Ageless Beauty (The Most Serene Republic Mix)
This is the acoustic version of one of my all-time favorite songs. Brings a huge smile to my face every time I hear it.
12. Bob Dylan – I Want You
This is probably Dylan’s most accessible, irony-free track, and it’s one of his best.
13. Islands – Jogging Gorgeous Summer
This mix needed a bit more tropical flair. I love the lyric “Millions of sunsets but the one I remember, the one where you told me you’d love me forever”.
14. Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life
This is a folky love song that deserves the title of modern classic. It’s a heart-tugging, extremely honest track and the melody is lovely.
15. R.E.M. – At My Most Beautiful
One of my favorite ballads. This song is just completely heartwarming.
15. Headlights – Cherry Tulips
Headlights is an awesome band from Champaign, IL. This gushing love song was just released this year and it’s already one of my favorite indie pop songs.
17. Belle & Sebastian – Funny Little Frog
One of my personal favorite bands, I could pick a dozen tracks from Scotland’s Belle & Sebastian to add to this list. This is such a easygoing, irresistable love song. What other band can rhyme court with throat so convincingly?
17. Wilco – On and On and On
Wilco is another wonderful band that is very meaningful to me personally. “On and On and On” is their ode to marriage. The end of this song is simply magnificent.
19. U2 – Can’t Help Falling In Love
U2 closed all their shows on their Zoo TV tour with this passionate, gorgeous cover. I get chills every time I hear Bono hit that falsetto. It’s the perfect song to end our mix.
Tags: Barry Louis Polisar, Belle & Sebastian, Bright Eyes, Feist, Headlights, Iron & Wine, Islands, Nada Surf, Once, R.E.M., Sigur Ros, Sleeping At Last, Stars, Sufjan Stevens, The Frames, The The, U2, Wilco