Thursday, 24 July 2008

Wedding Songs

The news yesterday that Lonestar's 'Amazed' is the U.K.'s most popular first track at wedding receptions prompts me to post it, though presumably most people must have heard it - at other people's weddings, if not their own. Still, there must be people who don't know it as, apparantly, it didn't make the top 20 over here. It's a powerful song.

At our wedding, we were allowed one CD track and it was specified that it couldn't be anything religious apparently on the grounds that it was a civil ceremony. We wouldn't have chosen anything religious ourselves but if someone chose, say, a gospel tinged soul number, why couldn't they have it? Presumably there's a historical reason which no-one has seriously questioned. We chose Eva Cassidy's haunting version of 'Fields of Gold'. I think it's one of those instances where a cover surpasses the original, though I really liked the sound of Sting's lute version which featured in an episode of 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip'.

Lonestar - Amazed (iTunes)
Eva Cassidy - Fields of Gold (iTunes)
Sting - Fields of Gold (Studio 60):



My understanding from reading quite a lot about humanist ceremonies (and I may be wrong here) is that you are not allowed anything with any religious content, songs or readings, while the registrar is present. I think it is a legal requirement designed to a. protect the registrar from charges of posing as a religious minister and b. allow religious groups to have the monopoly on religious content so that civil ceremonies do not end up aping their religious counterparts as many religions were concerned about this when non-religious marriages were introduced.

Once the registrar has left the room I believe you can play what you like! A know a lot of people are upset that they can't have Robbie Williams' 'Angels' at their non-religious ceremonies. Anyway, I trust you had plenty of non-religion mentioning tunes to choose from knowing your record collection to be rather extensive....