Monday, August 6, 2007

The task that took our entire engagement

I can honestly say that there has been one task that has taken from the day after we were engaged until, probably, a day or two before the wedding; and that task is music.

We've been listening to albums we haven't listened to in years, we've been ripping what we haven't ripped already (the benefit of which being, of course, that almost our entire music library will now be digital and stored on our server), we've been selecting songs for a few different playlists (cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, plus the shorter events like first dance, father/daughter dance, cake-cutting and last dances), we've been scribbling songs from the radio down on whatever teeny piece of scrap paper we could find so we would remember to download them later, we've been organizing and cutting and reorganizing. It's a monumental task, to be quite serious.

I didn't quite figure on this much work, musically speaking, when we decided that our wedding music would be supplied by our MP3 players. If we were engaged for 2 1/2 years instead of slightly over 7 months, I think this task would take 2 1/2 years. At some point (probably 2 days before the wedding), we will have to just finalize whatever we have ended up with at that point.

The hardest part, of course, is not selecting which music to include, but rather selecting which music from our vast list to NOT include. I've had to cut some pretty great songs because of time. The cocktail hour playlist, for example, is all classic love songs -- crooners and modern-day crooners like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Buble, and, of course, Harry Connick, Jr. We have easily 10 hours of wonderful music that I'd love to be able to play, but cocktail hour is only 2 hours long. Narrowing it down is hard. I have to keep telling myself that it's background music -- everyone will be talking. And just because we don't play it at the wedding doesn't meant we don't ever play it. But the choices are getting more difficult.

Wish me luck!

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