Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
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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.
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