The bride and groom started working on their playlist nearly a year before the wedding started. Their initial Spotify playlist had very distinct selections from across the musical spectrum. It included songs by Arcade Fire, Jackie Wilson, KT Tunstall, Talking Heads, Destiny’s Child, No Doubt, Jens Lekman, Outkast, James Taylor, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dire Straits, Mos Def, Usher, M.I.A., The Cure, The Roots, Jay Z, Amy Winehouse, Beck, TLC, and Stevie Wonder.
This morning I gave away my old DJ system. After upgrading all my equipment, my old gear — a constant companion for 10 years of gigs — has finally become obsolete. I tried to sell it on Craig’s List and Facebook, but didn’t find any takers. So I decided that I would try to find a good home for it. Somewhere it could live out the rest of it’s years surrounded by good times and good people.
As we carried the big box out of my basement for the last time, I felt a little sad. It’s like seeing an old friend go. We had so many great times together. A DJ residency in New York in 2004, a few summers in the Hamptons, weddings in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. But it’s being adopted by someone who plans on putting it to good use on Manhattan rooftops, Burner parties and back in the Hamptons.
This wedding at the Indian Spring Country Club celebrated the union of an Indian bride and Korean Groom. It was planned at a distance: the bride and groom live in California, but the wedding was held in New Jersey, close to the bride’s family. All the meetings and conversations took place over the phone or using Google Hangouts for video conferencing. The bride wanted to include some Bollywood hits and provided a list of songs that she and her family like. The groom’s music was from his college days where he and his friends used to host excellent parties. The combination made the wedding a memorable experience for everyone involved. Continue reading Indian Spring Country Club Wedding→
About a year ago, I saw a post on facebook from producer-friend which had a link to a song with the preface, “This is my jam.” Intrigued, I clicked through and discovered a new social service called — wait for it — This Is My Jam. It prompts you to select a song once a week. I’ve been doing it for the past year, sharing my weekly jams through my Facebook page and Twitter feed. I even made a few new friends on This Is My Jam where I look forward to seeing what my friends will post next, and who might like my current jam.
The theme was Chinese New year for this Bryn Mawr Sweet 16 party. The setting was the upstairs of Yang Ming restaurant, with a full seated banquet in one area, and a dance floor in the other. During the weeks that led up to the party, I worked with the family to create a song list that was fun and energetic. Using a google spreadsheet, the family and birthday girl had a chance to approve or disapprove of my suggestions, and add some requests of their own. The final result was an upbeat Top-40 party set with a couple of classic rock songs and show tunes thrown in for the parents and younger kids. Continue reading Bryn Mawr Sweet 16→