First Three Dances

Weekly Writing Goals

This one-week project was supposed to start publishing yesterday, but my research phase took longer than I expected. Oops. Thought I’d share the hiccup, just to illustrate I’m not  reaching every goal I set every day of my life, like some Internet-polished superwoman.

I’m not a superwoman—just a woman who’s hellbent on writing 1 million words.

So today, I’m exploring song choices for three dances: our dance; the mother-son dance; and the father-daughter dance. Later today, (to recuperate for the post I missed yesterday,) I’ll go on a late-night exploration of music for our ceremony; then tomorrow, I’ll look into music for dinner.

On Thursday, I’ll search for music for light, pre-ceremony music; and lastly, on Friday, I’ll add a longer dance song list, to give the DJ a feel of our vibe.

There’s a method to the madness of exploring songs in this order. I’m actually choosing 3 songs for each list every day, so it’ll get released on my blog as follows:

  1. Monday: 3 Beginning Dance Songs
  2. Tuesday: 3 + 3 = 6 Ceremonial Songs
  3. Wednesday: 3 + 3 + 3 = 9 Dinner Songs
  4. Thursday: 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 12 Relaxing Pre-ceremonial Songs
  5. Friday: 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 15 Dance Floor Songs

Today’s Headspace ✅ Candles

Tomorrow, I’m also starting the first batch of candles. While I was originally thinking of a mood stabilizing aromatherapy blend at our wedding, I’m reconsidering instead an island blend—just because, less than two days after our ceremony, we’ll be on a plane, over the Pacific Ocean, on our way to this Paradise on Earth called Hawaii.

So I’m going to make candles with island-scented oils; and the practice candles, I’ll burn through the house, while the pretty candles, I’ll keep for the wedding. The bad-ass candles will become bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts, along with handmade books Chase is designing. Or maybe not. I just know tomorrow is candle day. That first step, I’m certain will come true.

I’ll share my candle-making journey on my gardening and DIY blog, My Quest for Chicken, so check out that other branch of my blogosphere if you’re interested in my aromatherapy slash island slash crafts slash wedding experiment.

Our Dance

While we chose a cappella group Pentatonix a couple weeks ago, but we had songs on the table until just today:

We choose “Perfect.” So the second song will become an option on the 15-song list I’m preparing for the DJ, to share the vibe Chase and I made when we smooshed our music preferences together.

Mother-Son Dance

Jen-mom picked this, and Chase said yes; yay for decisiveness!

Father-Daughter Dance

I need my dad to listen to these and pick one. I can’t decide. I can narrow down songs, but I’m the master of indecisiveness once it gets to 2-4 choices (until impatience kicks in—then I throw a dart).

All of these are fantastic!

Wedding Music

Wedding music has been a shrapnel blast search; I like too many genres of music!—like I legitimately enjoy 70s, 80s, 90s, aughts, and 10s pop, alternative, rock, world, a cappella, orchestral, and electric music; and if I said, “I don’t like country,” that’d be a lie, because I’m a sucker for select country songs; and I’m also a sucker for select 60s, grunge, J-pop, K-pop, R&B, hip-hop, rap, dubstep—present me a genre, and I will find things I both like and dislike. My heart doesn’t close off (or completely open) to any one flavor of music.

Some songs have excellent lyrics, but not the best beats; and some songs have excellent beats, yet disturbing and/or bland lyrics; and repetition works here, but doesn’t work there; this song needs a little more instrumentals, a little less—I’m thinking it’s exploring the personality of each song that makes them all a little joyful.

Then, once in a rare while, a song is extraordinary joyful.

Here’s my Pinterest board for other wedding music ideas I’ve been looking at… I’ll visit more of these in detail this week.