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The Wedding Soundtrack
Seeing Fredoluv's entertaining account of J + H's recent nuptials inspired me to dig up the program we made for our wedding, which largely consists of the soundtrack that Kim and I laboriously assembled. The rule for selecting songs was that A) we agreed on the general vibe for each section; and B) that we took turns picking throughout in a rigid Kim-Charlie-Kim-Charlie-Kim-Charlie format. It's a testament to our success in that venture that I'm not always able to remember which songs were my picks and which were Kim's:

The Wedding of

Kimberley Marie Nicolini and Charles Leonard Bertsch

Saturday, October 26, 1996

Ceremony performed by
Reverend Janine Vashio

Master of Ceremonies and Sound Ham
MC Kosher P
a.k.a. Joel Schalit

The Wedding Party

Angela Federiggi
Kylie Federiggi
Joshua Gold
Priscilla Lee
Christopher Pratt
Robin Smith


1) Johann Sebastian Bach, Suites for Cello, played by Pablo Casals
2) Hildegard von Bingen, O rubor sanguinis, Favus distillans
3) Van Morrison, “Crazy Love”
4) “La Wally” from the Diva soundtrack
5) Iris Dement, “My Life”
6) Sam Cooke, “A Change is Gonna Come”


Jessye Norman sings Franz Schubert, “Ave Maria”

Queen, “You’re My Best Friend


1) Chopin, Nocturne, Op. 9 No. 2
2) Hank Williams, “I Saw the Light”
3) John Coltrane, “Little Old Lady”
4) Neil Young, “Sugar Mountain”
5) Billie Holiday, “Body and Soul”
6) Jane Siberry with k.d. Lang, “Calling All Angels”
7) Cat Stevens, “Miles From Nowhere”



1) Jessye Norman sings from W.A. Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro
2) Grateful Dead, “Ripple”
3) Lottie Beaman, “Rolling Log Blues”
4) Counting Crows, “Round Here”
5) Selections from Puccini’s La Boheme
6) Django Reinhardt, “I Saw Stars”
7) Pavement, “grounded”
8) Paul Robeson, “Ol’ Man River”
9) Annie Lennox, “Why”
10) Neville Brothers, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”


1) The Cure, “Pictures of You” (Extended Dub Mix)
2) Louis Armstrong, “Moon River”
3) Nicholas Cage, “Love Me”
4) Earth, Wind & Fire, “That’s the Way of the World”
5) Buddy Holly, “True Love Ways”
6) Cowboy Junkies, “Sweet Jane”
7) Aretha Franklin, “Do Right Woman--Do Right Man”


1) Bob Mould, “Sunspots”
2) Eric Dolphy, “Hat and Beard”
3) Mark Snow, “X-Files Theme”
4) From Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s Three Penny Opera
5) Julee Cruise, “Rockin Back Inside My Heart”
6) Memphis Slim, “Blues for My Baby”
7) Vivaldi, Concerto in B minor
8) Thelonious Monk, “Sweet and Lovely”
9) Erik Satie, Gymnopedie
10) Henry Thomas, “Bull Doze Blues”
11) Iris Dement, “Let the Mystery Be”


1) Sly & the Family Stone, “Dance to the Music”
2) Erasure, “Take a Chance on Me”
3) Al Green, “Let’s Stay Together”
4) Elvis Presley, “Love Me Tender”
5) Dexter Gordon, “I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry”
6) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, “Red Right Hand”
7) Madness, “Madness”
8) The Dramatics, “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get”
9) Jimi Hendrix, “Angel”
10) Kinks, “Lola”
11) The Cure, “Mint Car” (Electric Mix)
12) New Order, “Bizarre Love Triangle”
13) Bob Marley, “One Love/People Get Ready”
14) Beach Boys, “Surfer Girl”
15) Patsy Cline, “Sweet Dreams”


1) Jefferson Airplane, “Embryonic Journey”
2) Smashing Pumpkins, “Landslide” (Fleetwood Mac cover)
3) Bruce Springsteen, “Thunder Road”
4) Elton John, “Harmony”
5) Eagles, “Peaceful Easy Feeling”
6) Oasis, “Champagne Supernova”


1) Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, “I Second That Emotion”
2) Prince, “Girls and Boys”
3) Beastie Boys, “In 3’s”
4) Massive Attack, “Radiation Ruling the Nation”
5) Marvin Gaye, “Mercy Mercy Me”
6) Stereolab, “Crest”
7) Hole, “Miss World”



1) X, The World’s A Mess, It’s In My Kiss”
2) James Chance & The Contortions, “Contort Yourself”
3) Naughty By Nature, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” (Radio Mix)
4) Stereolab, “Pack Yr Romantic Mind”
5) Pavement, “Here”
6) The Glove, “Punish Me With Kisses”
7) Dead Can Dance, “Yulunga”
8) Public Enemy, “Contract on World Love Jam”
9) Public Enemy, “Fight the Power”
10) The Farm, “All Together Now”
11) Lou Reed, “Walk on the Wild Side”
12) R.E.M., “Strange Currencies”
13) R.E.M., “Tongue”
14) The Who, “Cut My Hair”
15) Sonic Youth, “Bull in the Heather”
16) Beatles, “Revolution 1”
17) Village People, “My Roomate”
18) Dead Can Dance, “Sambatiki”
19) The Cure, “Catch”
20) R.E.M., “Fall on Me”
21) Prince, “Little Red Corvette”
22) Boston, “More Than a Feeling”
23) Gang of Four, “Natural’s Not In It”
24) Moby, “Feeling So Real”
25) Loop Guru, “ Bangdad”
26) My Bloody Valentine, “i only said”
27) Lemonheads, “It’s About Time”
28) Bettie Serveert, “Ray ray rain”
29) Throwing Muses, “Two Step”

It should be noted that we didn't quite get to play all the songs on the list, falling about ten short. I did forward-wind at the very end to hear the Lemonheads song and then conclude with Throwing Muses. At one point, the order of Mini-Discs -- the format we used for the recordings -- got confused, much to my Germanic father's consternation. Thankfully, his preoccupation with the sixth and, as it turned out, final game of the World Series between the Yankees and Braves -- he has been a Yankee fan since the Dimaggio days -- soon diverted his attention from the miscue.

Musical highlights for me included the impossibly moving Sam Cooke and Iris De Ment beforehand; the anticipation during "Ave Maria" before Kim's dramatic, teary entrance, the it-feels-perfect recessional -- including Kim turning around to mouth a shout of "No" to the prematurely play-pressing Joel -- in which the bittersweetness of Freddie Mercury's voice said it all; circling about with John and Adina to Pavement's "Grounded"; Kim and I dancing with our fifteen-month-old goddaughter Kylie to "Pictures of You," which was our official song; watching Keith and Ed -- in a dress, no less -- cut the rug later on in the First Dance segment; having Tomas tell me during "Lola" that it was the perfect song for our wedding; the següe from "Thunder Road" into Elton John's "Harmony"; Courtney blaring "Miss World" in honor of Tibbs, the great, gray Beast, and many nights of excessive pre-nuptial revelry; and pulling off to the side of Highway 1, right south of Stinson Beach, on our drive to the SFO Airport afterwards, in order to bask in the emotional ocean of Cat Stevens singing "Miles From Nowhere" on the tape Joel had made us from the Mini-Disc.

Mode: bi-directional
Muse: My Life - Iris Dement - My Life

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From: batdina Date: June 11th, 2004 06:10 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Somewhere in your collection of wedding stuff there is a picture (or more?) of me and the other half dancing at your wedding, in our ball gowns and doc martens.

That was a nice day.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 11th, 2004 10:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It was a nice day. And you two looked fabulous. We have the pictures somewhere to prove it.

That was pretty early in your relationship too, right?
masoo From: masoo Date: June 11th, 2004 06:56 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
We must be having psychic connections! I had just finished posting this message, which refers in passing to your wedding, on my summer class bulletin board, when I saw that you had posted the above about that same delightful event!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 11th, 2004 07:42 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Synergy

That is</em> strange. Miraculous, all most. Have you read much Hume? He strikes me as being your kind of philosopher. Me, I'm more of a William James guy.
masoo From: masoo Date: June 11th, 2004 08:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Synergy

The real question is, do I put all of those wedding songs in my Charlie's Blog Rhapsody Playlist?
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: June 11th, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: the way I always wish I could remember jukebox pics the morning after

Oh I definitely need a Charlie's blog playlist...!
masoo From: masoo Date: June 11th, 2004 09:05 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: the way I always wish I could remember jukebox pics the morning after

Just in case it's not clear to someone reading this, my "Charlie's Blog Playlist" is an actual thing ... I have an ever-increasing Playlist on Rhapsody (currently at an even 100 songs) composed solely of songs Charlie includes in the "Muse" part of his posts. Whenever I want to listen to Charlie, I load up that playlist. Seems appropriate to add the wedding songs, but I haven't decided for sure yet.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 11th, 2004 10:54 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: the way I always wish I could remember jukebox pics the morning after

Can you post a text-version of that playlist for the non-Rhapsody among us?
masoo From: masoo Date: June 11th, 2004 11:19 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: the way I always wish I could remember jukebox pics the morning after

I could if you really wanted it ... would take a few minutes to format it, is all ... but not sure there's a point, since all it consists of is songs you've mentioned on this blog, minus ones that aren't available on Rhapsody.

Well, what the heck, here:

"Relative Ways" - And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
"Go Down Moses" - Louis Armstrong
"Forbidden Planet" - Louis and Bebe Barron
"Good Vibrations" - The Beach Boys
"Bottle Of Blues" - Beck
"I'm In Love With A Girl" - Big Star
"Mod Lang" - Big Star
"September Gurls" - Big Star
"Try Again" - Big Star
"Way Out West" - Big Star
"Voyeur" - Blink 182
"Pete Standing Alone" - Boards Of Canada
"Starman" - David Bowie
"California Stars" - Billy Bragg & Wilco
"Moog Raga" - The Byrds
"June" - Camper Van Beethoven
"Hurt" - Johnny Cash
"Troubled Waters" - Cat Power
"Oogum Boogum" - Alex Chilton
"Drop" - Cornelius
"Lessons Learned From Rocky 1 To Rocky III" - Cornershop
"5 Million Ways to Kill a C.E.O." - The Coup
"Lazymuthafucka" - The Coup
"Big Dipper" - Cracker
"Seven Days" - Cracker
"Killing An Arab" - The Cure
"Love Is Only A Feeling" - The Darkness
"Girls" - Death In Vegas
"Pink Moon" - Nick Drake
"Bomb Intro / Pass That Dutch" - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
"The Ledge" - Fleetwood Mac
"Not That Funny" - Fleetwood Mac
"Mind Playing Tricks On Me" - Geto Boys
"Spanish Dance Troupe" - Gorky's Zygotic Mynci
"I'm Still In Love With You" - Al Green
"Linus And Lucy With The Band" - Vince Guaraldi
"Of Mites And Men" - Guided By Voices
"Kaze Wo Atsumete" - Happy End
"Words Of Love" - Buddy Holly
"The New" - Interpol
"Lather" - Jefferson Airplane
"Harmony" - Elton John
"So Far Away" - Carole King
"Why" - Annie Lennox
"Funkytown" - Lipps, Inc.
"Scent Of Lime" - The Long Winters
"Cruel To Be Kind" - Nick Lowe
"Marie Provost" - Nick Lowe
"Jenny & the Ess Dog" - Stephen Malkmus
"Set us free" - J Mascis and The Fog
"Reconstruction" - Matmos
"To Washington" - John Mellencamp
"Billoddity" - Mojave 3
"Drink To Me, Babe, Then" - A.C. Newman
"Hurt" - New Order
"Leave Me Alone" - New Order
"1963" - New Order
"Procession" - New Order
"All For Swinging You Around" - The New Pornographers
"Colmene Whispers" - Yuji Oniki
"Hey Ya!" - Outkast
"Ann Don't Cry" - Pavement
"Cut Your Hair" - Pavement
"Folk Jam" - Pavement
"Grounded" - Pavement
"Here" - Pavement
"Speak, See, Remember" - Pavement
"Starlings Of The Slipstream" - Pavement
"We Are Underused" - Pavement
"Your Time To Change" - Pavement
"The Rockford Files" - Mike Post
"A Treasure @ Silver Bank (This Dynasty's For Real)" - Preston School of Industry
"The Spaces In Between" - Preston School of Industry
"Whalebones" - Preston School of Industry
"Fix Up, Look Sharp" - Dizzee Rascal
"I Can't Turn You Loose" - Otis Redding
"Grits" - RZA
"News From Nowhere" - Seachange
"Tomorrow Tomorrow" - Elliott Smith
"Youth Against Facism" - Sonic Youth
"Jungleland" - Bruce Springsteen
"Coma Girl" - Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
"Frisbee" - Super Furry Animals
"Don't Look Back" - Teenage Fanclub
"Going Places" - Teenage Fanclub
"Crest" - Tortoise
"Pale Horse" - John Vanderslice
"Buddy Holly" - Weezer
"Jesus, Etc." - Wilco
"Poor Places" - Wilco
"Greenville" - Lucinda Williams
"I Lost It" - Lucinda Williams
"Prove My Love" - Lucinda Williams
"Six Blocks Away" - Lucinda Williams
"Protect Ya Neck" - Wu-Tang Clan
"Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber" - Wu-Tang Clan
"Today Is The Day" - Yo La Tengo
"Carinhoso" - Yo-Yo Ma
"I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" - ZZ Top
kdotdammit From: kdotdammit Date: June 12th, 2004 01:57 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's a heck-of-a-lot-of-Pavement.
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