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Thoughts about music, event planning, weddings, and life.

The Sweetness

For all you lovers out there.

This romantic mix will keep you warm on a cold night. Listen to it on your way out to dinner with your loved one. Play it in the background as you ease into a bubbling jacuzzi. Let it inspire you to pick up the phone and call your honey.
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The Greatest Wedding No Play List

When planning music for your wedding, the no-play list is just as important as the play list. Maybe more important. As a wedding DJ, it’s my obligation to ask couples which songs they don’t want to hear on their wedding day. Those songs vary from couple to couple. Some people want to avoid cheesy overplayed songs like Kool & The Gang’s Celebration or Pharrell’s Happy. Many couples want to avoid participation dances like the Electric Slide and the Macarena, or entire genres of music like Rap, Country or House Music. On the other hand, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, so it’s important to ask. Continue reading The Greatest Wedding No Play List

Music That Made Me Happy In 2014

I’ve been inspired by all the new music released this year. In July, I put together a mix featuring music I was listening to in the first half of the year. Earlier this week, I wrote about the new music that I discovered by reading other people’s year-end lists. Here’s the rest of the music that made me happy in 2014.

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Best Of The Best of 2014

This is the time of year for Best of 2014 lists. Billboard, Spotify and Shazam can show you which songs topped the charts, were streamed the most, and caught on quickly in 2014. Music writers have different metrics: they write about the music that they liked, rather than what was played the most. Earning high marks this year were Sturgill Simpson, Temples, First Aid Kit, Future Islands, and The War On Drugs. These are all artists I’ve had in heavy rotation, and were included in a mix I released this summer.

In each Best of 2014 list, I discovered a new artist or album that I had never heard of or listened to. Read on for the best music I nearly missed in 2014.

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Long Beach Island Wedding

If This Isn’t Nice, I Don’t Know What Is

The bride and groom rented an entire Bed and Breakfast for the weekend: The Island Guest House in Beach Haven, NJ.  The wedding, including the ceremony took place in a tent right beside the house.  The weekend was rainy, but the guests were energized and not a single drop fell throughout the reception.

As guests were getting settled into their seats, Trevor Collins played acoustic guitar plugged into our system.  A friend of the couple conducted the  brief, touching and beautiful ceremony.  At one point all the guests joined him in repeating the famous words of Kurt Vonnegut, “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”

LBI Wedding
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LiveConnections – The Big Hurrah

LiveConnections

LiveConnections - The Big HurrahI was lucky enough to be present for the The Big Hurrah an annual benefit for LiveConnections. The event showcased the work of LiveConnections which brings together artists from different musical backgrounds, and creates interactive, educational performances for urban youth and special needs populations.  The events are hosted at World Cafe Live, which founder Hal Real describes as a “great clubhouse,” where musicians, and music lovers have been gathering for the past 10 years.
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