Some of you may recall my previous post about my very unromantic wedding and how it was nontraditional in every sense of the word. In sticking with the nontraditional theme, our reception a couple weeks later consisted of appetizers, beer and cake at an art gallery with music playing in the background. We didn’t dance because we both loathe dancing, but we still put together a playlist for mood music. And despite how unusual some of the song choices where, I still found the playlist to be romantic overall. Here are seven of my favorite songs from our playlist and why I love them.
“Simple Things” by Miguel
The title of this song says it all. When it comes to romance and relationships, it really is all about the simple things, at least for my husband and me. Miguel’s rich voice croons about not needing loads of money or a glamorous lifestyle to be happy. All he wants is someone to share life’s simple pleasures with. Because when everything else falls away, if you can’t enjoy the simple things in life with your significant other, you probably won’t be able to enjoy much else with each other.
“I Will Follow You Into The Dark” by Death Cab For Cutie
This indie song is a bit dark. The lyrics speak about death, specifically that unknown abyss that we all will eventually fall into. Despite the sad subject matter, the message is moving: the lyrics make it clear that no matter where his partner goes in the afterlife, he will always follow them. And that message is something I could definitely get on board with. I appreciate the stripped-down, simple composition of the song and lyrics. And really, I couldn’t think of a more touching message or declaration of feelings. Because when someone says they’re committed to you beyond this earthly life, that’s a whole new level of love.
“Gigantic” by The Pixies
This is probably the weirdest song on the entire playlist. But my husband is a huge Pixies fan and this is the one song of this band that I actually know and can sing along to. Our music tastes couldn’t be more different, so finding a song we both liked was a damn triumph. I absolutely had to include it. It’s catchy and cheeky and unique, and wasn’t a song I found on other wedding playlists so it helped make our playlist feel that much more special.
“After All” by William Fitzsimmons
The simple lyrics and even simpler instrumental of this song spoke to me the first time I ever heard it. It’s one of those songs I could listen to over and over, and it would give me goosebumps every time. An especially cool aspect of this song is that it incorporates wedding vows without sounding cliche (at least to me). As someone who didn’t even want to recite vows during our ceremony, I was surprised at how much I liked it. But William Fitzsimmons’s voice combined with the melodic piano chords radiate emotion and romance, and I can’t help but love it.
“Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” by The Temptations
Another unusual pick since this song is about a man begging his lady to stay with him after he’s messed up something major in their relationship. I admit, this was a bit of a weird choice for a wedding reception. But I honestly love the unapologetic begging that is chronicled in this song. Dude wants his partner to stay with him so damn bad and is willing to do just about anything to convince her to give him a second chance. And I do appreciate a good bit of groveling in both
music and real life. As someone who has been in a relationship with the same person for the past thirteen years, I’ve learned that a bit of begging and groveling goes a long way.
“1, 2, 3, 4” by The Plain White T’s
Everything about this song is super cute and romantic and cliché — and that’s exactly why I love it. Plus, knowing that the lead singer wrote this for his girlfriend at the time is a whole new level of swoon (because who wouldn’t want a famous musician to write a love song about them?). And as much as I like to think of myself as an individual who bucks the trend when it comes to weddings, I’m still a romantic at heart and a huge sucker for a catchy and sweet love song.
“Sing” by Travis
I chose this song because I’m a huge fan of The Office and love the scene in season two when the whole office has to work late because of Michael’s shenanigans, so Jim takes it as an opportunity to low-key woo Pam (who was engaged to Roy) with an impromptu rooftop dinner. At the end of the night when they leave the office, Pam asks Jim what he’s listening to on his iPod, he gives her one of his ear buds, and together they sway along to “Sing” by Travis. A sweet moment because all of us watching that episode loved seeing them together, but wrenching because Pam was still engaged to awful Roy, which meant that we’d have to wait longer for her to come to her senses and fall for Jim. The song reappears in season six when they’re solidly in a relationship, during a montage of their couple history. Hearing this melodic and folksy song always gives me the warm and fuzzies. It reminds me that even when love takes a while to find, it’s worth it in the end because of how amazing it feels.
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