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What you all think of "my" wedding entertainer?

Without regurgitating the other thread complaining about complications arranging my wedding ...... as this is NO complication ..... rather, about a humble guy who`s persevered thru life to make music, and now he`s offered to play at my wedding next month. (He`s my son`s best friend, and I`m his "adopted" mother as he has no family).

His trades are qualified Bricklayer, and Chef.... but music is his love.

He entered the "Voice of Switzerland" contest a couple years ago, and because of his nervousness on stage he made some stupid remarks that the judges hammered him on, and he ended up about 4th in the finals.

He has a truly remarkable voice, doing the whole range of styles, from blues to rock`n roll, mock opera, country & western, etc. And is quite funny on stage - loses his inhibitions when singing.

He`s available for hire for functions - so here`s a taste of his voice ....

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Re: What you all think of "my" wedding entertainer?

I rather like it.
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Re: What you all think of "my" wedding entertainer?

At a risk of offending you, which I do not intend to do. Do you have another example track you could play?
.... perhaps one that isn't about "Relationship problems", and perhaps a little more upbeat.

The guy clearly has a great singing voice. The fact that he "upset the judges" actually impresses more than winning. So I'm sure he has an excess of ability which could provide amazing music for your wedding.

The tragic thing about "wedding songs" is that it's always the trash that everyone loves to dance to after a few sherberts and it actually doesn't entirely matter what 'your' taste in music is. It's always a cross between what you like and what will "get the party started".
Every wedding I've been to is the same. You find yourself dancing to the strangest music with that "weird Aunty" from the other family, but you love it. Sadly, it's usually the 80's pop tracks that get the girls to shake their booty, and the men usually follow suit.
When you're having a great time, and everyone from all ages is getting itnot it, nobody regrets dancing to trash.

I've danced to ABBA, sung "Blue Monday" by new Order at the top of my lungs, and (badly) taken part in the "Macarena" and "Nut Bush" dance steps.

"I lost my Baby, now I'm sing'n the blues" is just wrist slitting material.
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Re: What you all think of "my" wedding entertainer?

If I were to get married again, and that isn't happening - even if present union of 20+ years should go bust, I would skip the live music (except during ceremony) and have a really good compilation of music that is great to dance to - all my faves from 50s-early 90's. We had a live band that had come highly recommended by OH's overly cultural aunt - better for a gig than a party.

A good singer doesn't necessarily make a good entertainer, and their own awkwardness with providing the atmosphere can affect a whole room of people.
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A good singer doesn't necessarily make a good entertainer, and their own awkwardness with providing the atmosphere can affect a whole room of people.
I think this is along the lines I was trying to say.

On the other hand, someone who is a great singer and just wants to perform at the wedding, it's also a great idea to at least provide them an opportunity to perform a more 'heart felt' song as a dedication, rather than entertainment.

This way, you don't offend anyone, and the artist can really pour their heart into something special for you as a gift rather than as a 'paid entertainer'.


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OH's overly cultural aunt .
See.... this 'weird aunty' is at every wedding.
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I rather like it.
I like it too, don't get me wrong.

I just don't think the track is 'appropriate' for a wedding party.
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I like it too, don't get me wrong.

I just don't think the track is 'appropriate' for a wedding party.
Haaaa.... had a laugh at your various comments. That particular track is just that ... a particular track. Not a "chosen special wedding song".

The venue is an old barn on a farm ... the crowd are the same folk we party with (including of course the odd balls I`m obligated to invite) - so the music is just music. And live music makes more atmosphere than canned music, neh?
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At my last wedding I requested a special song ......... not even giving a thought to the words and guess WHICH song that was?

"Bye Bye Love" ....(remember The Everly Bros?) .... .......... I wondered afterwards why the guy doing the video cut that out ... hahahaaaaaaaa SUCH a lekker song - just not appropriate for a wedding hey?
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I like it too, don't get me wrong.

I just don't think the track is 'appropriate' for a wedding party.
You do have a point there. I was kind of thinking he would be singing something a bit more 'appropriate' at the actual party.

It was rather nice background music to accompany the boy's attempts at drawing higher up the wall.
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At my last wedding I requested a special song ......... not even giving a thought to the words and guess WHICH song that was?

"Bye Bye Love" ....(remember The Everly Bros?) .... .......... I wondered afterwards why the guy doing the video cut that out ... hahahaaaaaaaa SUCH a lekker song - just not appropriate for a wedding hey?
Who cares. If it's a song you like and is special to you I don't think it matters whether it's 'appropriate' or not. It's your wedding not everybody else's.
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and (badly) taken part in the "Macarena" and "Nut Bush" dance steps.
I've danced on even trashier music and songs at weddings......my nightmare though was when the blues dancing kicked in and you're invited to dance by middle-aged male relatives from god knows whose family who after a few drinks perspire like hell and keep holding you way too tight, apart from not having any sense of rhythm and occasionally stepping on your shoes...
But weddings are great fun, I love them. Music is very important, though; I would chose it very carefully.
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I just don't think the track is 'appropriate' for a wedding party.
And this one?

http://youtu.be/XQDlJ6wNAgA
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If I were to get married again, and that isn't happening - even if present union of 20+ years should go bust, I would skip the live music (except during ceremony) and have a really good compilation of music that is great to dance to - all my faves from 50s-early 90's. We had a live band that had come highly recommended by OH's overly cultural aunt - better for a gig than a party.

A good singer doesn't necessarily make a good entertainer, and their own awkwardness with providing the atmosphere can affect a whole room of people.
Excellent advice, Tasebo. My brother had live music for about two hours or so in the beginning of the wedding and then a really good compilation and a DJ. Live music was nice and all but I guess it would have been tiring to hear their version of X, Y, Z songs till late in the night (anyway I guess he couldn't have gotten away without hiring a band because back home it would appear you're some kind of stingy person or you don't do these things in a proper way), but the real fun was later!....
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You find yourself dancing to the strangest music with that "weird Aunty" from the other family, but you love it.

When you're having a great time, and everyone from all ages is getting it not it, nobody regrets dancing to
Thanks you have given me something to look forward to, more dancing partners Yippee

No idea yet whether OH will survive the long day/night of formalities of two of my up coming family nephews weddings. That on top of long distances to travel and foreign lands, hotels & food.

Back on topic, have been listening to the 10 tracks of Garry Jones on YouTube

The most important thing for whatever day you choose, is that you are both there. Have a loving life together

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Re: What you all think of "my" wedding entertainer?

Edit: one wedding I was at where live music at the party really fit the bill was in Greece. I had no clue how to dance the traditional dances, but if longterm memory serves me right, the band and guests interact in some sort of omniosis with changes in tempo, etc.

Smoky, I think it is absolutely perfect to have someone you like (and who likes you as more than a "client") do some songs, and alternate with recorded soundtracks of really good dancing music (probably best to include a few that those awkward family members like too - it'll keep them quiet). Just make sure you have someone who is really capable and familiar with the sound system at your venue so there are no awkward technical silences, when all the cousins will flex their techie muscles
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Edit: one wedding I was at where live music at the party really fit the bill was in Greece. I had no clue how to dance the traditional dances, but if longterm memory serves me right, the band and guests interact in some sort of omniosis with changes in tempo, etc.

Smoky, I think it is absolutely perfect to have someone you like (and who likes you as more than a "client") do some songs, and alternate with recorded soundtracks of really good dancing music (probably best to include a few that those awkward family members like too - it'll keep them quiet). Just make sure you have someone who is really capable and familiar with the sound system at your venue so there are no awkward technical silences, when all the cousins will flex their techie muscles
Thanks. It`s just a casual affair. I get to put the ball and chain around his ankle in the morning at the Standesampt.
The party in the evening is for some fun. Among the guests are other singers and musicians, so they`ll probably join in making a noise.

CD`s for inbetween times - too much live singing can be tiring - for the singer and audience!

And, some quiet times for the old Swiss guys to do their harmonised singing ... and then the Alphorn-blowing thing has to be done too!
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What I find realy stranger here in CH is the way some folk get married and then have their reception a few weeks later! Lady in my village got married last week, and her "wedding" takes place next Saturday - with the church ceremony and reception What a long drawn out event?!

I prefer to get it all done and finished in one day.
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Yep, heaps better !!!

See, it's not the content of the lyrics, but rather how it is played.
Elvis makes you feel good with a song about being in a relationship with no trust whatsoever - WOO HOO !!!
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Yep, heaps better !!!

See, it's not the content of the lyrics, but rather how it is played.
Elvis makes you feel good with a song about being in a relationship with no trust whatsoever - WOO HOO !!!
Like Country and Western songs - where they sing about the dog has died, the wife has left, the fields need hoeing?

Okay here`s Garry singing the same song he failed on the Voice of Switzerland with - except he`s more relaxed this time and just playing the fool, sort of.

http://youtu.be/LtAUilSvThk
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Like Country and Western songs - where they sing about the dog has died, the wife has left, the fields need hoeing?
You know, if you play Rock music backwards you can hear messages from the Devil.

If you play Country and Western Music backwards, all the fields are all prepared, your wife returns, and your dog springs magically back to life !!!
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Like Country and Western songs - where they sing about the dog has died, the wife has left, the fields need hoeing?

Okay here`s Garry singing the same song he failed on the Voice of Switzerland with - except he`s more relaxed this time and just playing the fool, sort of.

http://youtu.be/LtAUilSvThk
I've listened to him singing and I rather really like what I've heard. You could make a list with the songs you like, after all is your wedding!!!
No, Smoky really, the guy is good and he wants to be there. Enjoy.
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