Wedding Music, Part 1

Posted by AJ Harbison at 4:49 am

First off I must apologize for my lack of posting this past week, and the general lack of substance in my posts of late. I’ve been quite busy, planning a wedding and all. I hope I haven’t lost any readers. But (I must say) I’ve been a bit disheartened by the lack of comments lately as well. I like to hear what you think, even if it’s not a particularly brilliant comment–I like to know you’re listening!

I never had any idea of how much planning goes into a wedding. My lovely fiancée and I have four months, almost to the day, between my proposal (and her acceptance) and our wedding day, and there is so much to do. In any case, one of the aspects of the wedding planning that I’ve taken on is the music. (I wonder why…?) Of course, there are two components to wedding music: music for the ceremony (which I’ll post about in a few days) and music for the reception.

Eleanor has really only one non-negotiable for the wedding, and that is that the reception must have a live band instead of a DJ. One of the things she loves most about weddings is their ability to bring together people from all different circles and stages of your life for one big party, and she wants that party to be done right, and that includes having a live band. (And much dancing, and much wine.)

I’ve found Gigmasters.com to be a very helpful site. It organizes bands by style and genre but also by type of event (they have different sections for weddings, corporate parties, etc.), and provides a wealth of information about each band including audio and video samples. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a band as a great place to start.

Since Eleanor grew up in New Orleans, she wants to have a wide variety of music played by our live band. She was pretty stoked when I found some zydeco bands, a style of music created by the Creoles of southern Louisiana; but upon further listening we decided that a full-on zydeco band would be too much of a good thing. So we’re looking for a band that can do zydeco, but also styles like jazz, blues, swing, salsa, Latin, Cuban, etc. We’re still doing research, but the best band that we’ve found so far (and that we might end up hiring) is Bonne Musique Zydeco–French for “good zydeco music.” They have a West Coast-influenced zydeco sound, incorporating electric guitar as well as the traditional accordion and rubboard and such, but we like their sound and it looks like they play a pretty wide variety of styles. I’ll keep you posted on further developments. And if any of you know any Orange County/Southern California bands that might fit our bill… let me know!



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    ryan fleming on 11.25.2008

    Let the fun of planning a wedding begin! I know it is a lot of work, especially in a short amount of time. Again, congratulations AJ.

    Regarding the band, you’ve inspired to look into the zydeco style of music. I’ve never heard of it before. I hope to post again with my opinions of zydeco music.

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    Darth_Harbison on 11.25.2008

    As far as commenting goes, the fact is that I usually have nothing to say and figure it’s better not to say anything than to try to come up with something and have it be a stupid, inane comment.

    But with this, all I can think of is the old Sesame Street tapes we had and the song “It’s Zydeco” . . .

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    AJ Harbison on 11.27.2008

    Hi Ryan and Darth,
    Thanks for commenting! I feel loved again.

    Ryan, I’m definitely looking forward to your opinions of zydeco.

    Darth: I totally remember that song.

    AJ Harbison

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