The ultimate wedding playlist

It’s wedding season again. When I put together our playlist, Ben Meadow (Leah’s uncle) gave me a couple pieces of advice. First, include up to two slow songs. And probably only one. Second, make sure you have music for all ages. I stacked the golden oldies up front, which worked well.

Here’s the playlist that kept everyone on the dance floor the entire night:

  1. I’m A Believer – The Monkees
  2. Baby I Love You – Aretha Franklin
  3. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
  4. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  5. Get Down Tonight – KC & The Sunshine Band
  6. Brick House – Commodores
  7. Love Shack – The B-52’s
  8. At Last – Etta James
  9. ABC – Jackson 5
  10. Dancing Queen – ABBA
  11. Celebration – Kool & The Gang
  12. Wild Thing – Tone-Loc
  13. Stayin’ Alive — Bee Gees
  14. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  15. Mony Mony – Billy Idol
  16. Kung Fu Fighting – Cee Lo Green
  17. A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) – Fergie, Q-Tip, GoonRock
  18. Cha Cha Slide – Mr. C
  19. Gangnam Style – PSY
  20. It’s Time To Disco – Vasundhara Das, KK, Shaan
  21. Sexy And I Know It – LMFAO
  22. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Beyonce
  23. Save A Horse (And Ride A Cowboy) – Big & Rich
  24. Hava Nagila – The Klezmer Lounge Band
  25. Poker Face – Lady Gaga
  26. Hello (Feat. Dragonette) – Martin Solveig
  27. The Time (Dirty Bit) – The Black Eyed Peas
  28. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond

Truthfully, people sat down for the Bollywood song. But it wouldn’t be my wedding without Bollywood. For the Hava Nagila, Leah and I actually did end up on chairs. And, if you’ve ever lived in Eugene, you know why we ended with Sweet Caroline.

Good luck!

Ch-Ch-Changes

I’ve been remiss of blogging, but for very good reason: Leah is pregnant with our first child, and we had our wedding. Plus, business is going exceedingly well. So, not a lot of free time.

For the full story on Leah’s pregnancy, check out her write-up. We learned just over a month ago — on my birthday, in fact. Having discussed baby names for the past six months, I was mentally prepared and my initial reaction was excitement. Leah took a week or so to get used to the fact we’d be having a kid in March 2014 instead of March 2019. Once she did, we shared the news with the world.

On Sunday, Leah and I got hitched in front of Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach. It was, sincerely, the best day of my life. Not only did I get to tie the knot with my best friend, but the weather was beyond believable. Perfect day for a beach wedding. We had over 180 people attend the ceremony and reception. I’m truly humbled by those who took the time to celebrate with us, particularly those who traveled across the country and across the world.

Originally we had plans for a two-week honeymoon to Turkey and Greece. Because of the pregnancy, we’re instead headed to Sunriver for several days. We haven’t left yet though! Thanks to the state of healthcare insurance in the US, today we discovered Leah is denied any new coverage because pregnancy is a pre-existing condition. Her existing coverage ends September 19th. Fortunately, Oregon has the Oregon Medical Insurance Pool to pick up where the private sector drops off. Ironically, Regence, who provides my insurance and said they would deny her, is the provider of OMIP.

My genuine wish is for the “startup” world to take solving real problems more seriously. Josh Kushner’s Oscar sounds neat.