09
Feb
11

dear damien rice,

The other night I got into a conversation at the bar with a couple of female friends of mine about wedding songs. As in, what do you want to be played (preferably by the sweet-ass band, and not a DJ) when you have your first dance with your new spouse. The conversation didn’t last long, as we were in a small, local bar, that all of a sudden was taken over by a group called the Gay Sports Alliance, or something along those lines. Trust me, I don’t have any issue with it at all, but it got extremely loud extremely quickly and normal conversation just wasn’t going to happen. I was actually psyched the GSA showed up, because I figured if any eligible females showed up, I had a waaay better chance than normal. Yet, I digress. And no, I didn’t take anyone home.

Long story short, I couldn’t really come up with a good answer. Naturally, I ran through some of my favorite bands/musicians, and most of that stuff just doesn’t cut it. “Black” by Pearl Jam? Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees?” “Burn” by Ray Lamontagne or pretty much anything you wrote, Damien? All of these songs are absolutely unreal feats of song-writing…however they are far more fitting for a breakup, not an effing marriage. I just realized why I like all this depressing music, I get rejected lots, the music is mood-fitting. Cue the sympathy comments!

Anyway, on my way home I was listening to a show of yours I downloaded (legally, I think…) from about 5 years ago, and you rocked an unreleased track, heard here…

I’m sure you remember all the lyrics, after all it is your own song, but for all those who um, might randomly stumble upon this incredibly private letter to you, this link might prove helpful. You can listen, and read at your own discretion, but it’s this line that really hit me…

I’ve got so much beauty around me I can’t move
I’ve got so much beauty around me I can’t lose

That’s what I want to be played during my first dance. Not only a shout out to the love between me and my (crossing fingers) future intelligent, funny, witty, smoking hot, honest, caring wife (I bet you didn’t even notice how I snuck in ‘smoking hot,’ did you?), but I feel like it also pays homage to my family and friends, right? I feel like it also might work in lieu of a thank you speech from me, because while I can ramble with a keyboard like Dickens, I don’t like public speaking. I can picture it now….’Franks Dad is here, that’s awesome, I haven’t seen him in like 8 years.

Sorry, I’m not a talker, I’m not a talker…’

 

 


8 Responses to “dear damien rice,”


  1. February 9, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I love Damien Rice soooooooooo much… The first song of his that I heard was Cannonball, and it’s been my favorite one ever since.

    As for a wedding song, though, I’ve always wanted “Crazy Love” by Adam Sandler. All that sappy girly stuff is just too much for me.

  2. February 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    While I love Damien Rice and this song, I don’t know if you should pick out your song, before you pick out your wife. Shouldn’t it have to do with your story, your relationship, your love?

  3. February 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I was totally looking over your shoulder as you were writing this letter.

  4. February 13, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    My wedding song WILL be “hard to concentrate” – red hot chilli peppers.

    i find it perfectly acceptable to pick a song before picking a person.

  5. February 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I didn’t have a song. We didn’t do the Wedding disco/dance thing. We did both make a tape of our favourite music, and some of it is still cool, but you know what it’s like finding a mix tape you made twenty years ago? Some of the tunes you still want to get up and dance to, or you nod your head, tap your foot, maybe tear up a little… But there are some donkeys in there too, ones that are so of their time you feel you should drop the damn thing in Holy Water in case they infect the good stuff you listen to today.

    I was Best Man at a cracker of a wedding once, though. The bride and groom were keen divers, and they danced to “Octopuses’ garden”. Great song, really upbeat, and no sad second meaning like James Sodding Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful”.


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