Oh man, I sure could have used this list for my wedding. The list below was taken from an article on Huffington Post. They have an entire section devoted to weddings, which isn’t surprising; as of June 2013, American weddings are a $51 billion industry.
My favorite quote from this article is “try not to be too hard on yourself; after all, the most important thing is that you both successfully complete your vows. Everything else is just icing on top of the cake, as far as I’m concerned.”
10 THINGS BRIDES FORGET TO DO
1. Bring Your Marriage License
2. Vendor Meals
4. Guest Book and Pens
5. Invitation suite
6. Cake Knife and Toasting Flutes
7. Tech Chargers
8. Passport and Identification
9. Thank You Notes
10. Online Reviews
For more details on each of these items, check out the article HERE.
Jason Derulo has given the world its next top wedding song: “Marry Me.” Not to be confused with Train’s “Marry Me,” or Bruno Mars’s “Marry You,” or Paula Abdul’s “Will You Marry Me Boy” (OK, you probably weren’t thinking about the last one), it is the second single released from his third studio album Tattoos (2013).
Jason wrote the song for longtime girlfriend Jordin Sparks about his intention to marry her… so that should tide her over for now, right?
I first heard this song on satellite radio while cruising down the highway. It didn’t strike me as anything special musically, but when I saw the title “Marry Me,” I stayed tuned in. Being in this industry, it seems like a no-brainer that this song will be requested. After listening to the lyrics, it doesn’t really seem that ideal for a wedding, in my humble opinion. I mean, he hasn’t actually asked if she’ll marry him yet, he’s talking about doing it in the future when he’s set financially, so there’s no need to rush (as if Jason Derulo doesn’t have enough money). Romantic? Meh.
Sometimes we get requests for songs, where the chorus or most high-profile part of the song seems romantic or appropriate when it’s really not. We always encourage people to put a lot of thought into their song choices, to listen to all of the lyrics, especially during a special dance when their guests are paying close attention.
This is just food for thought. At the end of the day, it’s ultimately about what makes the bride and groom happy. It’s their day after all.
Check out the song below:
Today Jeff shared with us one of his favorite albums: Timeless by John Abercrombie. Recorded in June of 1974 with John on guitar, Jan Hammer on piano and organ, and Jack DeJohnette on drums, it was a lovely, peaceful soundtrack to the snow falling outside our office window.
When naming the album “Timeless” Mr. Abercrombie really hit the nail on the head; nearly 40 years later it more than holds up. We particularly enjoyed “Love Song, a beautiful and soulful, improvised tune. Check it out below.
A U.S. Navy sailor married his high school sweetheart in the Reno-Tahoe International Airport on Tuesday. He had literally just walked off the plane after an 11-month deployment off the coast of Syria. He couldn’t wait a second longer. See the full story HERE, while I go find a case of tissues for my happy tears.
The last time I went to the airport, all I got was a lousy Cinnabon. (It was really good, I shouldn’t complain.)
So Sweet! Congrats, you crazy kids!
Stitely Entertainment would like to extend a very warm welcome to the new kids on the block, The Grant Hendrickson Band. Their first gig out of the gate with Stitely was a dazzling fundraiser for the Pritzker Military Library. Held at the fabulous Chicago Hilton and Towers, the quartet rocked out some jazz, Motown, and classic rock n’ roll to a packed dance floor.
Grant summed it up best: “It was an absolute honor to perform for the Pritzker Military Library’s 10th Anniversary Liberty Gala. It was a spectacular evening and we were humbled to provide the music for such a memorable celebration.”
Check out these photos shot on Grant’s state-of-the-art iPhone:
The Ballroom all decked out
Grant Hendrickson all decked out
A friend of mine posted this on Facebook, and it was my first genuine laugh out loud of the day. Enjoy, my friends.
Full props go to : http://themetapicture.com/when-the-husband-is-in-charge-of-the-wedding-invitation/
Formed in 2002 by singer Grace Potter, drummer Matt Burr and guitarist Scott Tournet, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals began their career as an indie band. They got their start in Vermont, self-producing their own albums and playing as many as 200 gigs a year in the jam bands and music festivals circuits. They started gaining traction, and in 2005 they signed with Hollywood Records.
They started gaining commercial success, especially in 2007 with the release of their album, “This Is Somewhere.” That year, the band appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Furthering the truth that you’re nobody ’til you’re on TV, GP&TN continued to rise when their songs were featured on All My Children, Kyle XY, One Tree Hill, Brothers & Sisters, ER, and Grey’s Anatomy.
In 2010, Grace re-wrote some of the lyrics to the song “Something That I Want,” and Disney chose it to be featured during the closing credits of their animated feature Tangled,” which Potter sang by herself. Potter has kind of a Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt thing going on, and it’s definitely working for her and the band.
Check out their single Low Road, the clip our lovely Peggy introduced us to.
Lake Street Dive first got together when they were students at Boston’s New England Conservatory. The group is made up of drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, vocalist Rachael Price, and trumpet-guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson.
They are currently on tour in the US – though not in Chicago anytime soon, unfortunately. If you happen to be overseas starting November 22nd, maybe you can catch them in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Amsterdam, Paris Dublin, or the U.K. A bunch of jet-setters they are. They’re on their way to stardom; Katie Couric recently tweeted about them, so you know, it’s just a matter of time before they’re superstars. It would be well-deserved.
In the spirit of continuing to be inspired by re-imaginings of popular songs, I give you the group Lake Street Dive. Jeff introduced us to their rendition of Michael Jackson’s “I Want You Back” this morning, and we were tickled pink.
Check out their gorgeous take on “I Want You Back” right here:
Over the years, Sweden has given the world some killer bands – all to varying degrees depending on your taste in music – Roxette, Ace Of Base, Europe, The Cardigans, and of course, ABBA.
This most recent Swedish group takes the Princess Cake. Ladies and Gentlemen… Dirty Loops.
This trio of young, fantastic musicians is causing a stir all over the world. Millions of fans have discovered them online through their videos and recordings. See, they take songs by well-known artists like Adele and Lady Gaga, twist them, turn them, and make them their own.
I, like most people, first saw these guys on YouTube tearing up a version of Britney Spears’ Circus. Not sure how you feel about the Britney Spears version, but I always thought it was, like most of her music, FINE. I think she peaked in 1999, but I digress. These guys made me love that song. It’s the jam. It’s here.
I titled this post “Cleans Up” because they are finally getting the recognition they deserve – Music mogul David Foster signed them to his Verve Music Group, and last year they embarked on Asia Tour 2012 alongside Chaka Khan and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. With David Foster on your side, the sky’s the limit.
They are currently working on their debut release. It was slated to be released “early 2013.” It’s September. Why do you make me wait, guys? Sigh.
I hope this is inspiring to all you artists out there, vying to become internet sensations and parlay that into legit success. It happens. Not always for the good – isn’t that how Justin Bieber was found? – but this time, the internet got it right.
Here’s another example of musical genius at work:
The 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival is right around the corner! This free, four day musical extravaganza starts on August 29th at noon at the Chicago Cultural Center, then moves on to Millenium Park in the evening and continues through September 1st.
This year’s lineup features an amazing array of musicians, many of them native Chicagoans. We are especially excited that the Frank Russell Band, led by Frank Russell , the bassist in Stitely Entertainment’s 312 Chicago, will be featured at the Von Freeman Pavillion starting at noon on Saturday, August 31st. The festival has rarely presented groups led by electric bassists, and Frank will certainly tap into electricity to kick off Saturday’s festivities with a bang. You won’t want to miss it!