Say “wedding music” to the average person in the street and they will most likley hear “the Wedding March” in their heads. Failing that, they would probably hear Bach’s “Air on G String” or if they are limited in musical taste, something by the Spice Girls or Michael Jackson.
But the fact is, wedding music is as varied as just about every other aspect relating to weddings. On our travels as wedding caterers we’ve seen everything from ukuleles to bagpipes performing everything from classical to latest chart releases. Pretty much the only song we’ve never heard at a wedding in over ten years of crepe catering is the “Birdy Song”. But there is time yet.
However, not all the music heard at weddings is questionable. We’ve heard some pretty accomplished bands whilst we ‘ve been serving crepes, and there are wide varieties in terms of their song styles. For us though, the best bands are the ones who manage to sneak a riff into a song which isn’t meant to be there. They will do a little mash-up of a collection of songs and during the transition from one to another, they’ll go off piste a little and play something that is actually good!
On Saturday, our crepe van had been hired for a wedding which was held on the Staffordshire and Cheshire border. The band were apparently friends with the bride and groom and were playing an extended set . They were actually surprisingly good. Our crepe stand was set up outside the marquee but we could still clearly hear them performiong inside. All of a sudden, we could hear familiar music. It was “Voodoo Chile”, by Jimi Hendrix. It was only a brief snippet, but it was the full riff – sneaked into a disco song mash-up. We loved it.
And this wasn’t the only time we had heard this done. Prior to the Hendrix riff, the previous best we’d ever heard was when Moby Dick by Led Zeppelin was sneaked into a Bee Gees song at a wedding in Surrey.
When the band came for their interval crêpes, (they always do) we congratulated them on the managing to introduce a bit of Jimi Hendrix to a wedding. They laughed and seemed quite pleased we had noticed – and they were duly rewarded with extra Baileys on their Baileys and buttons crepes.