The Playlist of 17 August 2003

12 years ago, on 17 August 2003, Amy and I got married at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. Later in the evening, a (relatively) small gathering of our family and friends gathered for a party feast at Cafe Buenos Aires.

We were trying to keep costs reasonable. After all, shortly after the wedding, we would be moving across the country to Cambridge, MA, and then, who knew where things would take us. So, we ditched the idea of a photographer. Besides, I knew that I could trust Sam and John to take at least a few awesome pictures. And Ashley and Robert ended up pitching in with quite a lot of pictures too. (Check out the collection.) I also spent a full day baking 15 cheesecakes as our “wedding cake”.

But this post is about the music. Because we didn’t think we could trust a DJ with keeping our eclectic audience happy, I created a 4.5-hour playlist of some tunes that would set the pace of the evening (and hopefully had a little bit of something for everyone). The creation of the playlist is a story in itself. Karin (Amy’s mother) was terrified about the idea of me creating a playlist of punk and metal. That’s not to say her fears were unfounded–after all, I did end up including the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Joy Division, Aphex Twin, and Guided By Voices….

The playlist was divided into three segments:

  • The first 19 songs were the “Drinking” tunes (for those who partake in such activities), kicking off with “Small Town” by Lou Reed and John Cale, and ending with “Heroes” by David Bowie.
  • The next 19 were “Eating” tunes which started and ended with Rachel’s. The songs mostly comprised a set of jazz, classical, and Indian instrumental songs, punctuated with a few surprises.
  • The last 24 songs were for “Dancing”, starting and ending with Etta James’s “At Last”.

I’ve put all 62 songs together as a streamable playlist, along with some pictures from Ashley, Sam, and John (there’s no relationship between the picture and the songs you hear). Enjoy!

Lots of love to everyone who was there with us! It wouldn’t have been the same without you!

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