Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Fab 5: Kil's Top 5 Wedding Songs

Aiight ya'll, I recently realized that 9 times outta 10 that when I'm writing for Marriage Exposed that I'm ALWAYS talking about something serious! And a lot of times with marriage and real life going on simultaneous we're always in a serious mood but we gotta take a time out and just laugh and smile sometimes, even in the midst of the storm. So, with that being said we're gonna have some more "lighter" posts coming your way 'round these parts. And first up for one of those "lighter" posts is brought to you from a convo I had with one of my homegirls.

My peoples usually come to me if they have any questions about music and the other day, my homegirl asked me what are some of my favorite wedding songs. I always think I can answer any question about music off the top of my head but this question actually stumped me for a sec. Since black folk will make a wedding song outta anything (I’ve heard of people wanting Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Reason” played at their wedding…ya’ll do know that song is about cheating, right?) it actually took me a sec to compile a list of my personal faves, so here are my top 5 wedding songs and why.

#5 “With You” – Tony Terry

I think the CRAZIEST thing about this song is I HATED it when it first came out. And I don’t mean, I didn’t like the song, I mean I HATED this song! Money looked like a broke Redhead Kingpin trying to sing and I just wasn’t feeling it. But keep in mind this song dropped in ’91 and at that time the absolute LAST thing on my mind was marriage so a song about marriage? Come on…of course I’m gonna hate it. But maybe a year or two ago I heard this song and I was like “this song is dope!” So, after 20 years, the broke looking Redhead Kingpin cracks my top 5 list.

#4 “Spend My Life With You” – Eric Benet and Tamia

Eric Benet used to be the ish…before that whole Halle hoopla went down. I guess dude didn’t get the memo that 90% of his fans were black women and you can’t cheat on America’s favorite black woman, Halle Berry (this was before Michelle of course) without some SERIOUS repercussions. And those repercussions was money losing 90% of his fan base and dude hasn’t been the same since. But at least before black women decided to boycott Mr. Berry, he put out a VERY good album “A Day In The Life” with an incredible 2nd single “Spend A Lifetime” which was (and still is) played at 90% of all black weddings.

#3 “You and I” – Stevie Wonder 

This is a song that Tee and I had sung at our wedding wedding (courtesy of our homegirl Tiff) and you just can’t go wrong with Stevie. Plus I recently saw the ep of “Good Times” when Michael sung this at Thelma & Keith’s wedding and it fit the scene so good (not necessarily Michael’s singing but the words) bet money that while you're watch the ep, for a minute you'll forget you're actually watching a TV show.

#2 “We Must Be In Love” – Pure Soul 

I know this group was one of the folk Craig Mack was talking about on “Flava In Your Ear (“you won’t be around next year”) but my attitude is if you’re not gonna be around next year, at least make a REALLY good song, and that’s EXACTLY what Pure Soul did. Even though this song wasn’t a monster hit (in fact I still come across people my age who have never heard this song) it’s probably my 2nd favorite wedding song. (it would’ve come in 1st if it wasn’t for the sentimental value of my #1 pick)

#1 “Let’s Get Married” – Jagged Edge

The reason why this song checks in at the #1 spot for me is because the day I brought Tanya’s engagement ring, I got this promo CD in the mail (so this is months before it actually dropped in stores) and I’ve always rocked with Jagged Edge but I didn’t listen to it right away cause I was actually looking for the perfect song to play when I proposed to Tee and I figured Jagged Edge couldn’t hook me up in that department. But after coppin’ the ring, I was reading the back of the CD and saw they had a song called “Let’s Get Married” and I thought…."naw…it can’t be dope." So I threw in the CD and from the door, I knew this was the song! I know chicks always beef about the whole “we might as well” line and while it’s not the MOST romantic line in the history of wedding songs, this song was dope enough for me and Tee. We even had the pianist play this at our wedding when the wedding party came down the isle. Let’s just say our church wasn’t TOO happy about that but hey, they got over it when they cashed that check!


About the author:

Kil is a relationship coach, producer, writer, photographer, director and co-creator of Marriage Exposed. He has been married 13 years to his beautiful wife Tanya and they have a beautiful daughter together, Naomi. Through Marriage Exposed & coaching couples with Dr. Roz, Kil encourages people to always continue to fight for their marriages and relationships.

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