24 Apr 2011

Save the last dance for me - a top 10 list, a photo and a general catch up!

So, wow how awesome has the weather been this weekend?! I hope that if you've been in a easter-celebrating country that you've been scoffing chocolate for every meal - and even if you're in a non-easter-celebrating-country that you've had lots of chocolate.

I've been with my in-laws celebrating my oldest sister-in-law's wedding (I have THREE sil's - who read this blog, I must be *nice* :P) and it's been a wonderful weekend :) I outdid my housemaid skills with the following:

- I made 3 different beds
- I emptied the dishwasher 3 times
- I did 2 loads of washing up

Which is more than I've done in my own house in the last month.....

The wedding itself was fab - and I was honoured to do this reading - which I was bricking myself about doing but didn't fluff any lines woopee. Or cry - also woopee! I also had a lot of fun playing with the flower girls - similar mental age y'see. Lots of bubble blowing and confetti throwing and general hilarity :) More importantly the bride looked wonderful and I wish the couple many years of happiness

Just for your delectation, here is a picture of me pretending to be a bridesmaid....

(Photo courtesy of http://www.s-north.co.uk/ )

Oooh, also, before I forget, the most awesome band `Under the Driftwood Tree` played the wedding - they did some really cool covers of The Specials, Prodigy, Dizzee Rascal, Jessie J, The Killers etc but more importantly their own stuff rocks. They're kind of folky, alternative, indy, rock stuff. If you like Stereophonics, Arcade Fire, Jack Johnson, the Killers, etc you'll probably like them....

They've been featured on the BBC, interviewed by Fearne Cotton *and* I think they've just been signed - so definitely ones to watch. You can follow them on Twitter, `like` them on Facebook and also checkout their MySpace page. I definitely plan to catch them next time they gig in London!

So, you've had your photo and your catch up - and here is today's list - Top 10 First Dance Songs. Bit weddingy yes, but it seemed appropriate :) As ever, it's not a definitive list, I make no apologies for my taste in music, it's just what I like!

1) Moon River - Frank Sinatra: so, er, we had this as our first dance. I've blogged about it before, here. I think it's a really smoothy classic. It's a song from pretty much the day we got together

2) Let It Be Me - Ray LaMontagne: I never heard this song until I went to a friend's wedding last summer and totally melted watching them mouth the words at each other.

3) Iris - GooGoo Dolls: Just a lovely, fab song. And quite a popular `alternative` first dance song too :)

4) All I Want Is You - U2: I know, lots of you hate U2. I don't. Live with it.

5) At Last - Etta James: The Obama's had this at their inauguration ball which lowered my love for this a little, but it's just got such a lovely, romantic, vintage-y feel. Etta's voice is amazing too :)

6) These Arms of Mine - Otis Redding: Yes, this is in Dirty Dancing, yes I love the film and this song is  so full of yearning. It's lovely and slushy. Boooooo to you cynical non-romantic types!

7) First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Stereophonics (cover): Nearly had this as my first dance. Kelly Jones has *the* most amazing voice, possibly better than the original. If you've not heard this, it's like listening to an aural version of velvet + whisky +gravel mixed together.

8) Never Tear Us Apart - INXS: Well, firstly the video is very gothy romantic, but Michael Hutchence is/was a total love god. Me + husbando both love this song

9) Feeling Good - Muse (cover): This song makes me so unbelievably happy, Muse, surprisingly, do a great line in love songs but this cover version is, IMO one of their best songs. Matt Bellamy's voice is supreme in this.

10) Moondance - Van Morrison: I know this one is a little cheesey but I've always liked it - it's a bit of a classic and, I think, a great summer wedding track. Definitely one to dance barefoot to on the grass.

So that's it for today. I'll be back later in the week with a book review, a `Didn't You Get The Memo` guide to publishing for authors` and various other bits + pieces. Have a good one :)

Thank you and good night

Stupidgirl has left the building


  1. Emptying a dishwasher AND washing up!!

  2. I know, right! Serious daughter-in-law brownie points for me x

  3. you look fab hun! and excellent song choices...LOVE Moondance and the muse cover of feeling good :-)

  4. aw thanks! Muse are awesome :)

  5. You look lovely :)

    Never Tear Us Apart was our first dance song. Great song. bloody difficult to dance to. I'd had 15 years of ballroom lessons and was gutted to just do a shuffle for our first dance. lol

  6. You look beautiful :) BUT ... there is NO good music for a first dance, fact. Because all first dances are evil. I know you'll forgive me for a blog link (which does, of course, provide irrefutable proof ;) ) ... http://iknowineedtostoptalking.blogspot.com/2009/08/first-dances.html

  7. Great insight into Rebeccaland (as always). Sounds like a wonderful wedding and a really nice weekend. You also look great in that shot, worthy of any awards show red carpet!..But what?....the band didn't play the Macarena to get all the non-dancers up? or maybe that song that goes ....A little monica for my...yadda, yadda, yadda (sorry, can't even sing in 'text').Spring starting to break here on the 39th parallel as well (late for us)...many are developing cases of seashore fever already. Our big start off weekend comes on Memorial Day at the end of May, but who waits that long?! What are popular summer plans out your way? I heard the 'in crowd' heads for the Isle of Geurnsey (how spell it?).Expensive, but it sure looks great. what other shore towns are 'on the tour'?..SAw that TV series THE ISLANDS OF BRITIAN..(running here too) and it looks like you've got lots of good choices. Tell 'bout them, mainland and otherwise. Thanks

  8. So glad I made it over! You sound like the most amazing house guest :-). You look amazing also.

    My fave song on the list is Etta James' At Last. Might I ask why the Obama inauguration dance would have lowered yokur love of the song? Was it performed by some awful singer (forgive me, I didn't watch)?

    I am (Freelancer4hire on Twitter, thanks for "inviting" me)

  9. Aw, you look so cute :) Sounds like you had an awesome time at the wedding. Love the list of songs :)



  10. Must remember that you're up for dishwashing next time you're over lol

    But no, have to disagree with you...Roberta Flack's version of First Time Ever I Saw Your Face is the better one and one that gets me weeping even now :-)

    Meanwhile glad you ahd a great time at the wedding and yes great pic of you (any chance of a hard copy? Am still waiting for one of you in your own bridal gown with your sister from two years ago and have some empty frames to fill) xxx

  11. huh, wow - loads of comments! Thanks! Working backwards....

    Mum - I know, sorry, I will print them soon.....you're not the only one complaining. I'll only do dishwashing if there's a wedding.

    Rach - aw thanks the wedding *was* fab!

    Dominique - hey lovely, thanks for checking out my blog. Beyonce sang it at the Obama inauguration and it just took the shine off it a little for me.

    Will - awwww thanks dude! Guernsey is popular, as is Jersey and Cornwall + Devon. Dorset is also lovely. You might get your wish soon on a holiday post in the UK - might be coming up soon!!

    KT - aww thanks, yeah I kind of see where you're coming from with the whole 1st dance thing but....I still love them

    Nicole - wow, fab choice!! Did you not just shuffle like 99% of most couples then :)!

    Thanks for taking the time to read and comment guys, chocklit easter bunnies to you all