3 piano classics for a perfect first dance

21 Mar 2014

A DJ can be incredibly tempting for your wedding, and a lot of the time they can provide fantastic entertainment for everything from your first dance all the way up to the very end of the reception. But there’s something about live music which just can’t be beat, and there’s no reason why you can’t incorporate the talent of musicians or a band into your evening, either on their own or to work alongside your DJ.

A DJ can be incredibly tempting for your wedding, and a lot of the time they can provide fantastic entertainment for everything from your first dance all the way up to the very end of the reception. But there’s something about live music which just can’t be beat, and there’s no reason why you can’t incorporate the talent of musicians or a band into your evening, either on their own or to work alongside your DJ.

It can create something truly unforgettable for that all-important first dance; imagine taking to the floor with the unbeatably romantic atmosphere created by real instruments and live music. With this in mind, the piano experts over at Coach House Pianos have put together a post of three romantic classics which are perfectly suited to a simple pianist and vocalist performance.

1) Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Elton John

Elton John is an irrefutable piano pioneer, and while we might associate his personality with 80s pop, bright clothes and outrageous glasses, his music is equally (if not more so) recognised for its emotive qualities. Thanks to the popularity of The Lion King, Can You Feel The Love Tonight is one of his best known tracks; the single of this which accompanied the movie and featured Elton John singing encompasses the romance behind the lyrics.

With its simple instrumental composition and the fact the music is natively written for the piano, the track suits a solo piano and vocal performance perfectly; the vocals and piano carry the performance and make for the ideal song for your first dance as a married couple.

2) Hummingbird – B.B King

It might not necessarily be a track that you’re familiar with, but B.B King is a name that’s synonymous with blues – a genre that’s filled with passion, love and romance. At 88 he’s seen the highs and lows of love since he started performing back in the 40s, and Hummingbird is an obvious description of a high point. While it was originally written and recorded by Leon Russell, the B.B King version invokes incredible amounts of passion with a voice that’s unmatched in blues.

Known for letting the guitar take a back seat when he’s taking to the microphone, this track features a prominent piano backing that would work wonderfully in a solo situation.

3) The Way You Look Tonight – Tony Bennett (Cover)

The Way You Look Tonight is definitely something of a classic love song, and since it was originally recorded by Fred Astaire back in 1936 it has been covered countless times – by everyone from Phil Collins to Michael Bublé. However, the original’s quite upbeat tempo and swung beat isn’t exactly conducive to a romantic slow first dance, and that’s why we’ve chosen the Tony Bennett cover.

It’s simple and slow yet beautiful at the same time – just give it a listen and we’re sure you can picture yourselves in each other’s arms. It might be something of a love song cliché, but this different take on the original gives a feel that’s also not there in any of the swing-based covers. The beautifully delicate piano backing and the powerfully emotive yet tender lyrics help to create an atmosphere that’s got no better home that at your reception for your first dance.

This guest post was written by Tom McShane – blogger, pianist and writer for UK-based Coach House Pianos.

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