She'll Grow Back: Wedding Wednesdays - Stevie Wonder - At Last

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wedding Wednesdays - Stevie Wonder - At Last

So have I mentioned I'm getting married in January? I haven't? Sorry -- you folks need to keep up.

Naturally, I'm excited to choose music to play during the ceremony, and afterwards at the reception. So for a few weeks, I'll be putting up some of the choicest cuts, and talking about them here.

We've been working oh so slowly on compiling the music for our ceremony and reception. I personally have DJ'd one wedding, and "At Last" was the first-dance song there. Tiki and I both love the song, and Etta James in general. (Now, as you may know, I don't care for Beyonce, but that's neither here nor there as far as the original version of the song is concerned.) Our thinking is, everyone everywhere plays "At Last" during their wedding, and the lyrics are quite appropriate to both weddings in general and our relationship in particular.

Etta's version is the classic, of course, but Stevie Wonder's cover is just magical. It's fast, funky, and furious. This is not a first dance song. This is an upbeat song for walking down the aisle as man and wife.

(My cousin suggested that we should walk down the aisle to this, and though we both love everything about the song, and I know a lady who did just that [Hi, Martha! Love to all the Tough Pigs!], we won't be doing that either.)

This is heartfelt, triumphant, celebratory: everything we want our wedding to be. We haven't figured out what our first dance song will be, but there's no way I could dance to this song without spraining something.


Ryan Roe said...

Hi there! This post just came up in my Google alerts for "Tough Pigs," and I'm trying to figure who exactly you are! Are you one of the Marks who has hung out at the Tough Pigs forum from time to time? Whoever you are: Congratulations on the impending nuptials! I hope your wedding includes something Muppety.

Martha said...

Hey, it's Martha! One of the Tough Pigs got a Google alert for your blog, and let me know I got a shout-out. Couple of comments/questions...

1. Which Mark might this be? LOL There've been a couple over the years of TP. Either way, congratulations and best wishes to you!

2. The link doesn't work, but I'm assuming that was a link to Mahna Mahna?

3. We actually entered the reception to Mahna Mahna; we used much more traditional stuff for our ceremony. :)

Mark H. Besotted said...

Well holy crap.

I am indeed a former 'Pig -- my last name is Rowan. You'll recall that I disappeared many moons ago, due to continuing computer failures. I've spent a lot of time since on the Wiki, and lurking anonymously on the forum.
is me discussing the whole absence thing with Scott.

Anyway, right now I don't have the time to return in full, but I do hope you're all well -- don't forget to click on
for the few Muppety posts I've put up here.

We'll certainly have something Muppety in the wedding, or at least played during the reception -- sorry I misremembered your thingy, Martha. (And thanks for pointing out the bad link, which is now fixed.)

Mark H. Besotted said...

And, sorry, thanks for the wellwishes.

Also, Ryan, it should go without saying, but I'm still a big fan of the Tough Pigs blog too. Love what you guys are doing with it.

Ryan Roe said...

A-ha! I figured it was probably you because I remembered you having a pretty extensive music collection.

Thanks for reading the website! And of course, you're always welcome on the forum.