Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Subtle References

When people ask us about wedding music choices, they've generally been concerned with four things: the recessional song, the processional song, our first dance song, and whether we found a DJ who can rock the house (he can, and will.) But in truth, I'm a little more interested in the quirky songs we're planning to make space for throughout the day. The recessional song and first dance are so weighted by their presumed Meaning and Importance, but we really don't have a Meaningful and Important story behind our first dance song. We have a song we love, of course, but it's not a Singularly Important Song in our relationship. And we haven't broached the question of ceremony music at all, primarily because we still don't know what the heck we'll be doing about music during the ceremony (no electricity + a constrained budget = questions about ceremony musicians/amplified music/whatever that we really can't be bothered to muddle through yet.)

And so, it's the quirky songs we're planning to sprinkle throughout our playlist requests that are the most exciting to me. The song that reminds us of a summer concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Or the song that reminds us of a Texas roadtrip. Or the songs that remind us of evenings spent cooking and drinking wine and talking about music history via Jason's vinyl collection offerings. These are songs that hearken back to the real heart of our relationship and the experiences we've lived together more than any one single dance song.

And so, when I saw these cupcakes the other day, they reminded me of my number one priority playlist song, and made me smile.


Why yes, that is a Muppet wedding-cupcake tower (which is awesome enough that I'm making an exception to my fondant-hatred to post it here). And yes, I am most certainly requesting a Muppet-related song for our wedding. Yes, a Muppet song, as interpreted by Cake (the band, not the wedding dessert. Though I can see how you might get confused with all the cupcake pictures.)

Somehow, the Sesame Street Muppet version of "Mahna Mahna" became an inside joke for us, and the phrase "Mahna Mahna" has been featured prominently in our sillier shared moments (probably more times than is appropriate for fully functioning adults, which I see as a sign of relationship health.) And, luckily for us, there's a fully functioning adult version of the Muppet song we know and love. And so, we're sneaking in this subtle musical reference to our goofball couple joy at the wedding, in a way that's entirely appropriate and won't stop the cocktail hour chatter, but will add another minimal layer of meaning to an already incredible day. Although it may not make sense to anyone else, this song (and other similar subtle references) will hint more at who we are as an everyday couple than any perfect recessional choice.



15 comments:

  1. my groom is planning to sneak something hilariously awkward into our lunchtime playlist to see who notices (he's debating between Tenacious D's "F*ck Her Gently" and Mickey Avalon's "My Dick")

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  2. You settled on the flashdance? I am so happy you are finding so many vendors. What a stressbuster. AND he is the man. So, nice.

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  3. I was ridiculously thrilled to hear Cake's version of "Mahna Mahna."

    We're having musicians before/during dinner and playing Rock Band after. My FH is planning to sing Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls" at top volume. I want to sneak in "Big Bottoms" by Spinal Tap.

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  4. YAY! I just taught my niece "mahna mahna." LOVE that song.

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  5. Thanks for commiserating over the uploader annoyance- I just uploaded to Flickr so hopefully that will help! And WHOOOO knew there was a Cake version of Mahna Mahna? Not I, and I don't know how I went through life without it.

    Highly, highly delighted by the possibilities of your wedding playlist. (Personal anecdote: After our ceremony the huz and I paraded through the hay field where we got married with all our friends up to the tent with a brass band playing their version of Saint-Saëns' "Carnival of the Animals" (which you might recognize as the theme song from Babe)- having joyous, personal, and even silly music as a part of your wedding day can be SUCH a HOOT. And really memorable. I still tear up every time I hear that symphony.)

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  6. I can't wait now to get to where I can play this, because I had no idea a Cake version of this song exists. D and I sing this as a duet on a regular basis to each other, and this makes me very, very happy.

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  7. I just...can't picture myself biting into Kermit's face. No. Can't do it.

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  8. Heck yes! Mahna mahna, is the most make me happy happy kind of a song. And I agree with Liz, I cannot bite into any of the Muppets.

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  9. I love how Beaker's face is too narrow to make up the entire top of the cupcake! I love that your are going to play Mahna Mahna at your wedding! I love the Muppets!

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  10. you can invite me to your wedding if you want. just sayin.


    i told our musicians to play whatever for the various walks down the various aisles and everything. it worked out. particularly as i didnt even notice the music.

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  11. I personally love Kermit's "Rainbow Connection."

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  12. I love Cake's Mahna Mahna. Congrats on getting The Flashdance. He was already booked for our wedding when we inquired. Hopefully, our DJ will still pull off the cool.

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  13. Um, my fiance and I have this song on our list as well. But the Muppet version. Maybe we will decide we are a little more adult and switch to the Cake version.

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  14. Ooooh, I am so tempted to put the Cake version into the (budget conscious, ipod designed) reception music. I might sneak it in - sorta like rick-rolling people.

    Oh, and my finacé's 12 yr old...would appreciate it if I in snuck "Peanut butter jelly time!" I think I'll make a snippet of it in Audacity and put that in, too.

    Thanks for the ideas. Like the blog!
    Dana

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  15. omg! i miss the muppet show! (they came out really good..., and i'm not a huge fan of fondant either!)

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