A List to Build a Dream on

A List to Build a Dream on

Betty Beguiles is hosting a love song link up and even though I’m exhausted, I thought I’d do a quick entry.

When we were married we didn’t have a DJ for our reception. We had an iPod with a playlist we put together of our favorite songs from our mutual libraries. Dom has saved that playlist and it’s still one of my favorites to put on while I’m cooking dinner or cleaning house. There are plenty of sweet songs, lots of stuff that’s upbeat and fun to sing along with and to dance to. And it always brings back fond memories both of our wedding and the wonderful times we had then but also of the young engaged couple we were with two such very different tastes that somehow work together very harmoniously.

We were supposed to dance our first dance to Somewhere Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World by Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo’ole but we had an iPod malfunction that left me standing alone on the dance floor for several minutes while my groom tried to figure out the problem. Still, I think it was the very first song we ever danced to, swaying together in Dom’s little apartment bedroom (maybe before we were even engaged?) It’s still very much our song. I melt when I hear it.

In the end we danced to A Kiss to Build a Dream On sung by the incomparable Louis Armstrong, which was also a perfectly wonderful choice. Sigh. If I had time I’d upload pictures but it really is getting too late.

I wish I could link videos to all of these songs; but I’m going to just post the list just as I copied it from iTunes and leave it at that.

I don’t think in the end all of these songs were actually played at the wedding. My friends got hold of the iPod and began to play DJ and skipped over some of my favorite songs. But the wedding was a blur anyway. And it doesn’t matter because I can play them all whenever I want.

Not all of these are really love songs; but they still speak to me of my love. These are in no particular order; but for the wedding Dom had them broken up into sublists. One for dinner, one for after-dinner dancing, etc. You can be pretty sure that if it’s Irish I put it on the list. If it’s Italian, Dom did. Otherwise, have fun guessing who picked what.

The Parting Glass The Clancy Brothers
Parlez-Nous à Boire (Let’s Talk About Drinking) Beausoleil
Sunshine On Leith The Proclaimers
Voyage au Mariage (My True Love) Beausoleil
Anniversary The Pogues
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) The Proclaimers
Then I Met You The Proclaimers
A Man Is in Love The Waterboys
How Long Will I love you The Waterboys
Let’s Get Married The Proclaimers
Did You Ever Look So Nice The Samples
Haunted The Popes
The River Garth Brooks
Follow Me Up To Carlow Young Dubliners
The Obvious Child Paul Simon
Istanbul (Not Constantinople) They Might Be Giants
Sunday Morning Maroon 5
Love Train The O’Jays
This Love Maroon 5
It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett
All I Want is You U2
Somewhere Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
You’re The First, The Last, My Everything Barry White
Sing, Sing, Sing Benny Goodman
I Love You Barenaked Ladies
Steal My Kisses Ben Harper
The Boogie Bumper Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Beyond The Sea Royal Crown Revue
Soak Up The Sun (Radio Edit) Sheryl Crow
Sweetest Thing (The Single Mix) U2
I’m A Believer (Reprise) Eddie Murphy
Great Balls Of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis
More Today Than Yesterday Compilations
Walking on Sunshine Katrina & the Waves
Kiss Me Sixpence None The Richer
The Last Dance Frank Sinatra
Rhapsody In Blue Glenn Miller
On The Sunny Side Of The Street Louis Armstrong
Unforgettable Nat “King” Cole
La Vie en Rose (Single Version) Louis Armstrong
The Wedding Song Kenny G
Memories Of You Benny Goodman
(Love Is) The Tender Trap Frank Sinatra
Buona Sera Louis Prima
Too Marvelous For Words Frank Sinatra
I Get A Kick Out Of You Frank Sinatra
The Best Is Yet To Come Frank Sinatra
Bodhran Young Dubliners
Arisha Kips Bay
When The Saints Go Marching In Louis Armstrong
Peter Gunn Theme Compilations
Sharp Dressed Man ZZ Top
Ain’t That a Kick in the Head Dean Martin
That’s Amore Dean Martin
Volare (Nel Blu, Di Pinto Di Blu) Dean Martin
Mambo, Italiano Dean Martin
Innamorata (Sweetheart) Dean Martin
You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You Dean Martin
Return to Me (Ritona-Me) Dean Martin
Holla! Baha Men
Texas Medley: The Yellow Rose of Texas / Deep In the Heart of Texas Kate Smith
Should’ve Been a Cowboy Toby Keith
Stuck in the Middle with You Stealers Wheel
Tubthumping Chumbawamba
Nineteen Somethin’ Mark Wills
Funkytown (Single Version) Lipps, Inc.
You Are My Number One (Radio Mix No. 2/Album Version) Smash Mouth & Ranking Roger
Summer Sunshine (Fernando Garibay Remix) The Corrs
Don’t Fence Me In Ella Fitzgerald
I Won’t Dance Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
At Last (Single) Etta James
Rigoletto: “La Donna È Mobile” Aldo Sisilli, Brian May, Luciano Pavarotti, Lucio Dalla, Orchestra da Camera Arcangelo Corelli, Sting & Zucchero
Main Title Theme Artie Kane
Accidentally In Love Counting Crows
Get the Picture? (Non-LP Version) Smash Mouth
Donkey Riding Great Big Sea
A Kiss to Build a Dream On (Single) Louis Armstrong
Excursion Around the Bay Great Big Sea
Mari-Mac Great Big Sea
Fortune Set Great Big Sea
Me and Julio Down By the School Yard Paul Simon
It Happened in Monterey Frank Sinatra
All the Way Frank Sinatra
You Can Call Me Al Paul Simon
Come Dance With Me Frank Sinatra
Get Me to the Church On Time The Brian Setzer Orchestra
We Are Family Sister Sledge
Some Enchanted Evening Frank Sinatra


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