GRAMMY WINNING WEDDING SONG
I was very pleased, while watching the 2016 Grammy award show, to see Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge win the prestigious Song Of The Year title for writing “Thinking Out Loud.” Sheeran also won, with the same song, for Best Pop Solo Performance.
“Thinking Out Loud” is the quintessential wedding song expressing a deep and unending love for someone. Not only is Ed’s performance of it moving, the melody is absolutely beautiful and the lyrics are so touching. And have you seen the official video version? It’s stunning. An interesting issue, that I’ve seen come up with the song, is that some brides have wanted to change the lyric “70” to be something older and I see that as no big deal. To keep the syllables the same, I’ve adjusted it to “93.” Ha! I suppose that as technology advances, in the medical field, we’ll need to up it further to “103.” Most brides and grooms, who have chosen “Thinking Out Loud” to be used in their wedding celebration, request it as their first dance. However, consider using it as a thread that ties together the entire day or night. For example, the melody is so recognizable that you can have it performed during your ceremony on any instrument, from piano or guitar to a harp or string quartet. It can be the last song just before the processional begins, or during the processional or as the bride walks down the aisle. It could even be used as the recessional song. During your cocktail hour, you can have a different instrument or set of instruments performing it and possibly in a different style. Let’s say you have it performed with classically-oriented instruments during your ceremony and then you have a jazz trio during cocktail. The trio could easily do a jazzy version of it as everyone is entering the room. And then during your reception, to have it performed with vocals as your first dance. And it’s perfectly acceptable to have it repeated as the very last song of the night. You could even instruct your emcee to ask all your guests to get in a circle with their arms around each other and have the two of you dancing to it in the middle. I’m just so glad to see such a great and romantic song win the Song Of The Year award. While there are infinite topics to cover in a song, there is always room for another song expressing that greatest emotion of all…love.