Misunderstood Music: Songs You Want To Avoid At Your Wedding
When hiring a wedding DJ, you may have many concerns. Perhaps you want to combine a playlist with a DJ’s carefully curated tunes or have both a DJ and live music at your wedding. Whatever your musical wishes are as you enter married life, you may want to steer clear of these often misunderstood songs. While they may be assumed to be love songs, there’s more to them that meets the eye.
I Honestly Love You
Performed by Olivia Newton-John, “I Honestly Love You” is a timeless love song, and it has been a staple at weddings all over the country since its debuted in 1975. While it may have enjoyed consistent wedding popularity for over 40 years, the song is actually about unrequited love. Olivia croons about how she would have been with her love in another place and time, but the song is about the harsh realities of loving someone that you cannot actually have.
While “Brick” by Ben Folds Five is heralded as a mysterious love song from 1997, this track is actually written about an abortion. With its lyrics that speak of such everyday things as buying flowers and gifts for the woman he loves, it also gets deeper. The specifics are never clearly addressed, so the song is often misinterpreted about simply being about love. Few brides and grooms are eager to add a tune about abortion to their marital playlist, so be sure to skip it when assembling your list of love songs.
The One I Love
As far as love songs go, “The One I Love” by R.E.M. was meant to be the exact opposite of a love song. In fact, the reaction to the beloved 1987 tune surprised the band, and it was received as a positive love song despite lyrics that describe the subject of the song as merely a prop to occupy the singer’s time. While couples still celebrate it and call it “their song,” you may raise a few eyebrows if you play this one at your wedding.
As an iconic TLC song of the 1990’s, most people remember “Waterfalls” as a love song that explains how it’s important to stay close to those who love you. However, the truth is that this deep ditty from 1994 is actually about drug use and HIV. The meaning of the song involves deep issues and a warning about bad behavior, but it is not exactly perfect for the optimistic mood most weddings hope to create.
Finally, keep in mind that no song is truly off limits If you and your fiancé enjoy it. A wedding day should be all about what makes the bride and groom happy. However, if you are wanting songs that reveal tales of happily-ever-after, steer clear of the above tunes. Celebrate your wedding with music that is hopeful and focused on the beauty of love, and you may want to let the wedding DJ take the helm to surprise you with awesome romantic songs on your big day. Keep these tips in mind when choosing yourwedding entertainment.