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Belle’s Sweet Bat Mitzvah at The Fuge

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This past June, I had the pleasure of doing the Bat Mitzvah for the daughter of some very good friends of the owner of Cutting Edge Entertainment, and let me tell you… there is nothing like the extra pressure of knowing that your boss might be stopping by. However – my boss happens to have really cool friends, and Belle’s parents were no exception. I had met them prior to them coming in to our office. but when we finally got together to hammer out the details,I knew that they were going to be a lot of fun. At first, we played a little bit of Jewish geography and then we started to talk and plan out Belle’s Bat Mitzvah.

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Belle can be summed up in one word… awesome! She was excited and enthusiastic from start to finish, and as it would turn out, her friends were equally cool. The theme for the Bat Mitzvah was candy, which is one of my favorite themes incorporating virtually unlimited colors, fun centerpieces and all sorts of other extremely creative ideas. This party was held at The Fuge which is an awesome venue for a party. From the moment cocktail hour ended I could feel the infectious energy just boiling over. The adults and the kids rocked with us on the dance floor until it was time for the grand entrance and there isn’t a better place if you want to come in like a star (or from the stars). Belle was waiting in the Centrifuge chamber, and emerged from a cloud of smoke in quite a dramatic introduction. It was awesome.

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The kids participated in every game, contest, dance and activity. My staff and I had them involved in all the games and then jammed out to all the latest dances while the adults finished their meals. After the adults finished, they came out and joined the kids on the dance floor, dancing from classics like The Jackson Five and Whitney Houston all the way thru to today’s hits. It was great to see so many familiar faces out there on the dance floor celebrating, quite a few of whom I’d performed as MC and DJ at their children’s Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah.

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Thank you to Boris from Classic Photo and Video for allowing us to use these images, and to the staff of The Fuge.  Most importantly, Mazel Tov to Belle, her parents Lisa and Lee and her cool little brother Sam. Thank you for allowing me and my staff to celebrate in your Simcha. You were a lot of fun to work with and I look forward to seeing you all again soon.

-Marc

A few weeks after the event, Belle’s parents left this five-star review on Facebook…

Cutting Edge did our daughter’s Bat Mitzvah in June. What an incredible party it was and Cutting Edge was a huge part of that. From our first meeting to the end of the party everything was awesome. Marc was our MC and he and his staff were highly energetic and kept the party going. The dancers were top notch and the adults enjoyed them as much as the kids. If you are looking to have a party that rocks wit h a staff that knows how to treat their clients the right way you have to hire Cutting Edge!



Images courtesy of Classic Photo and Video


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Cutting Edge @ April 25, 2016

To DJ Villanova History

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Cutting Edge Entertainment had the honor and privilege of being the DJ at the NCAA Final Four Championship game viewing party hosted at the Villanova Pavilion at Villanova University on Monday night, April 4, 2016.  DJ Brian and DJ Chris took turns spinning the tunes, while DJ Chris took to the microphone getting the crowd of well over 5,000 fans pumped up from the moment the entered the Pavilion.

The first half of the game was neck and neck, but that didn’t dissuade the throngs of Nova fans from cheering on the home team, while the DJ Duo of Brian and Chris kept tunes spinning at halftime.

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The second half was much like the first, a tight game, until Villanova took a ten-point lead with about five minutes remaining. The Villanova lead wouldn’t last as North Carolina raced to close the gap, which led to one of the greatest sequences in college basketball history. If sports are about “moments” then this game created two that will be remembered forever. As the clock ticked to its final seconds, UNC’s Marcus Paige hit a one-footed off-balance double-clutch shot that would mean the likely end of Nova’s title run….until…

Many of you reading this have probably seen the replay, or even experienced it on live television; but, it can be replayed and looped until basketball is an after-thought. A desperation streak up the court by Villanova Senior Guard Ryan Arcidiacono cleared enough space for Kris Jenkins to hit the shot that will live forever. A clean look, a smooth release and the sweetest sound in basketball created a thunderous roar that was heard throughout the Delaware Valley.  Although our DJ Duo had a difficult time hearing one another throughout the game, at this point the audience cheers were near deafening.

In 1985, an underdog school from the suburbs of Philadelphia played a near-perfect game to defeat one of college basketballs elite programs at the peak of their success. That team shocked the sports world and put themselves on the map. The 2016 version of this team has been riding the thoughtful coaching of Jay Wright to consistent victories and yearly trips to the NCAA tournament for over a decade. Last night was the final brick on a basketball program built for success, and it only needed one thing to prove it belonged with the “traditional powers”.

A championship…mission accomplished.

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DJ Brian dropped Queen’s “We Are The Champions” as the crowd filed out of the Villanova Pavilion to begin celebrating.  We’d like to say we “rocked the house”, but the real rockers of the night were the Nova Nation.  On behalf of Cutting Edge Entertainment, we would like to say congratulations to Villanova on your epic win, and thank you for choosing us to be a part of this historic occasion.



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Cutting Edge @ April 5, 2016

8 Great Love Songs from 1987

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In 1987 in the United States you could buy a new Ford Mustang GT for $12,000.00 and fill up the tank for 89 cents a gallon while drinking a Coca~Cola that cost 75 cents.  While Star Trek made its long-awaited return to television with The Next Generation, Bart Simpson made his television debut on The Tracy Ullman Show (remember Tracy Ullman?). Dirty Dancing, Full Metal Jacket, Predator, Fatal Attraction and The Princess Bride were amongst the most popular films released in 1987, and VHS tapes were still a thing.

In music, Aretha Franklin became the first female artist inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Beastie Boys became the first act to be censored on American Bandstand, and MTV Europe was launched.  We lost artists like Liberace, Buddy Rich, Fred Astaire and Peter Tosh while other future artists like Ke$ha, Hillary Duff and Kendrick Lamar were born.

Although 1987 was not a particularly remarkable year for great love songs, it did have a few tasty musical morsels.  The songs on this list are presented in the chronological order of their appearance on the Billboard Top 40 charts.

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“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship

What began as Jefferson Airplane in the 1960s, and then morphed into Jefferson Starship in the 1970s became simply “Starship” in the mid 1980s. Although perhaps best known for the somewhat suspect “We Built This City”, this 1987 love song was to be Starship’s second (and last) #1 hit.

“Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You” by Glenn Medeiros

This Gerry Goffin penned love song was originally recorded by George Benson, but never charted into the R&B or Pop Top 40.  Hawaiian born Glenn Medeiros cover of this poppy love ballad did chart, at #12 on the Billboard Pop Top 40.

“Always” by Atlantic Starr

Of all the love songs on this list, Atlantic Starr’s “Always” is arguably the most quintessential slow-dance ballad of them all.  A number one hit in 1987, “Always” is that perfect song for a wedding first dance or a love dedication.

“Doin’ It All For My Baby” by Huey Lewis and The News

Huey Lewis and The News had an impressive string of hits starting in 1982 that wouldn’t fade until the early 1990s, and in the Huey Lewis tradition, his love songs were upbeat, fun and quirky.  “Doin’ It All For My Baby” fits that mold to a tee, and peaked on the Billboard charts at #6 in 1987.

“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” by Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett

In the 1980s it was almost assured that a Michael Jackson tune would be somewhere in the Top 40, and in 1987 this tender duet went all the way to the number one spot in the United States, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Italy, the U.K., Norway and The Netherlands.

“I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

From the blockbuster film Dirty Dancing, this award-winning love song holds a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for “Best Original Song” and a Grammy for “Best Pop Performance by a Duo”.  Unsurprisingly, it went to #1 and became Certified Gold while becoming one of the most popular wedding selections of it’s time.

“Heaven Is A Place On Earth” by Belinda Carlisle

This tune would be Belinda Carlisle’s second Top 10 solo hit, and the first and only number one Top 40 hit for the former Go-Go’s front girl. “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” is an up-beat and fun love song that resonates everything positive about love.

“We’ll Be Together” by Sting

Sting wrote and recorded this musically quirky Peter Gabriel-esque love song, while lyrically finding a way to say “I love you” in an abstract Cole Porter style… a nod the creative genius of Sting.  “We’ll Be Together” rose to #7 on the Billboard Top 40 in late 1987.

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“Caught Up In The Rapture” by Anita Baker

This little love nugget almost missed the radar when compiling this list because although it charted at #6 on the U.S. R&B charts, it did not place on the Pop Top 40, which serves as the primary resource for these lists.  Thanks to the author’s background as a Wedding DJ apprentice in the late 1980s, this late-80s wedding standard and most excellent love song left a profound footprint.  Anita Baker got a lot of wedding airplay well into the early 90s, and rightfully so, “Caught Up In The Rapture” is just a great love song.

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And so concludes our list; ten great love songs from 1987 in the order of their appearance on the Top 40 charts.  Each song has been vetted, listened to (again and again) and evaluated with the lyrics read and scrutinized to weed out any proper nouns (girls/guys names) troubled love like breakups, infidelity, done-me-wrong or lost love lyrics or and sort of unrequited love (like when the person doesn’t love you back).  They’re safe for a wedding first dance, or just to dedicate to someone you love.

Love the love…

-Craig


Sources: The Billboard Book of Top 40 [Pop] Hits and The Billboard Book of Top 40 R&B Hits by Joel Whitburn and Billboard’s Hottest Hot 100 Hits by Fred Bronson.



Cutting Edge @ April 4, 2016

The Wedding of Sarah and Cory

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November was a great month full of amazing events for us at Cutting Edge Entertainment. One of those events was the wedding reception of Sarah and Corey, a couple I had an awesome time working with. The best part of working as a DJ is that I have fun at my job. At the office, at a party, meeting clients, or behind the mixer, most of the time I am having a blast. I have a great time meeting with brides and grooms and talking about their wedding, going through a timeline, finding out about the music they like to dance to and just visualizing the day with them. I feel that many folks choose to book Cutting Edge Entertainment because they have a good time meeting with myself and our staff, and if we can have fun in a meeting for an hour, it’s likely that we will have a great time at a four or five hour reception. I am confident that is why Sarah and Cory chose Cutting Edge Entertainment as their Wedding DJ.

Sarah happens to be one of the best kinds of brides… the party animal. She and Cory were definitely the stars of this show, and played up the role of bride and groom to the max. They were out their on the dance floor celebrating the entire time, and when I played a song like “All Star” by Smash Mouth, Sarah and her guests had no problem singing along. I played music that spanned all different genres and eras at this party. The guests partied to everything from “Shout” by Otis Day and the Knights to “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, but the song of the night was definitely “Conga” by Gloria Estefan. As you can see by the images here in the blog post, this was an awesome crowd.

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This was my first time working with photographer David Naples and he is the consummate professional, as well as a very talented photographer. He took some great shots and I appreciate him letting me feature these fun-filled images here on the blog post. Then, there are the bride and groom Sarah and Cory. You guys are awesome and I hoped you liked working with me as much as I enjoyed working with you. I wish you all of the best in your future together as husband and wife.

Thanks for reading!!

-DJ Richie

A few weeks after the wedding the bride posted the following testimonial on the Knot.com…

We had our wedding on November 14th, 2015. We started the planning process early, and we heard Cutting Edge (in particular DJ Richie) was a great vendor to use. I can honestly say that DJ Richie was more than just a DJ – he literally laid out the plan for the wedding reception timeline.  Not only does he know his way around a wedding, he kept people dancing (me especially) all night. So many people told us afterwards that the DJ was amazing. We are truly happy with our decision to use DJ Richie and Cutting Edge for our special day! If you have the opportunity of using DJ Richie, don’t even THINK about going with anyone else, seriously!



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Cutting Edge @ March 30, 2016

The Sofitel Philadelphia Wedding of Karen and Dave

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I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with so many awesome people – weekend after weekend – just like Karen and Dave, the bride and groom for this wedding at the Sofitel Philadelphia. Karen and Dave were really laid back, and their primary concern was with making sure that their friends and family had a great time at their wedding reception. At our wrap up meeting just prior to the wedding, we spent a lot of time going over the music for the cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. We sat together for a while just listening to music and looking for the perfect grand entrance, cake cutting, and parent dance songs. The best part of my job is getting to know my clients and sharing in their excitement for their big day; sitting down with them face to face gives me the chance to do just that.

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This wedding was a lot of fun to be a part of in my role as the Wedding DJ, and the energy of the bride, groom and all their guests was contagious. I’ve worked with some brides and grooms in the past that sometime worry that not many guests will dance, because they are shy or just not big dancers – when I hear that I always smile, because most times these couples underestimate their guests. People do not get all dressed up in their fancy suits or dresses to just sit at their table and listen to music; they came to have a great time and because they love you and want to celebrate your special day with you. I feel it is up to me to make sure I create that fun, relaxed environment to allow people to let loose and party hard. Now of course the bartender always helps us out, we will never deny that, and once the party begins it’s the DJ that makes sure all of the guests are out there, whether they are dancing, singing along, or just clapping their hands off to the side, I know they’re having a good time. In my opinion, once the party is over – and days, weeks, months and even years go by, you may forget what you ate, you may forget what you wore, there is even a good chance you may forget what kind of music we played, but you should always be able to remember the great time you had.

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As always I enjoyed working with Danielle from Danielle Nowak Photography, and I look forward to working with her again in the future. She is very talented and was great to work alongside with. Thank you for letting me feature these images for the readers of our blog to see. As always, Valerie, Lisa, and the rest of the staff at the Sofitel Philadelphia did an outstanding job. The entire staff there is amazing and I enjoy working with them. And of course, it is pretty easy to have a good party when you are working with a great couple like Karen and Dave. Thank you again for having us be a part of your wedding day, it was my pleasure to be your Wedding DJ!

-DJ Richie

A few weeks after the wedding Karen and Dave were kind enough to post the following testimonial on Wedding Wire…

DJ Richie Abrams was brilliant! Since day one, Richie made the planning process so easy and stress free. He was easy to communicate with, consistently available by phone or email and would get back to us right away, explained to us exactly what to expect, and was open to our suggestions/ideas. At our wedding reception, he ran the night so seamlessly and perfectly, which allowed my husband and I to kick up our feet and enjoy the night! He played a wide range of songs for all ages to enjoy, playing the perfect balance of the classics and today’s music hits. Everyone danced the night away and our guests to this day still comment how amazing our DJ was! Thank you so much Richie!




Images courtesy of Danielle Nowak Photography


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Cutting Edge @ March 16, 2016

Adam’s Super Superhero Bar Mitzvah

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This past January I had the privilege of being the MC and DJ for Adam’s Superhero themed Bar Mitzvah.  Although I set out to do an amazing job at every party I do, this party was extra special to me. I’ve known the family for about six years now and I was the DJ for Adam’s older brother Matt’s Bar Mitzvah four years ago. I’ve also spent the past six summers working at Camp America with Adam’s family. With every client, it’s great to get to know the family beforehand so that I can hone in on their exact expectations, so as you can imagine, knowing the client beforehand makes success that much easier.

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As for Adam, he’s an amazing kid who knew exactly what he wanted. One of the best parts of my job is getting together with the family ahead of time to go over all of the details. Stacey (mom) had the day all planned out when she came into our office for the wrap-up, handing me a CD  of the music in the order and all the details typed out and ready to go. Their instructions were to just do my thing, and that’s just what I did. They wanted music from the 70’s on up to today and to keep people up on the dance floor dancing.  The theme for the Bar Mitzvah was superheroes and the only thing that Adam and I didn’t see eye to eye on was who the best superhero is… Captain America vs. Superman. His outgoing personality was infectious, and from the moment he entered the room his friends followed him around on the dance floor. He is definitely the leader of the pack and his friends did whatever he wanted them to do. I loved when Adam took the microphone from me during one of the games and helped my crew and I run the Singled Out Trivia game to see which of his friends knew him the best.

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Adam’s friends and family danced the entire night, and. his friends didn’t want to leave the dance floor and participated enthusiastically in every game and activity. They were out there for every dance, making my job very easy. You know it’s going to be an easy day when the kids are quiet and attentive during the candle lighting ceremony. It is always bittersweet when great a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah party comes to the end… As the DJ for a great crowd, you sometimes just want to keep things going.

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As always, It was a pleasure working with the staff at Northampton Valley Country Club in Bucks County. They run a great party every time, and everything flows flawlessly. A big shout out and thanks to Chorus Photography for allowing us to use these amazing photos from the Bar Mitzvah. To Adam, Matthew, Stacey and David thank you for letting myself and my crew being a part of your Simcha. It was a pleasure as always, and Mazel Tov to the whole family!

-Marc



Images courtesy of Chorus Photography


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Cutting Edge @ March 9, 2016

Amy and Andrew’s DuPont Country Club Wedding

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Amy and Andrew’s wedding reception was held on Saturday, October 24th at the Dupont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware, and they chose Cutting Edge Entertainment provide the DJ and music. We’ve done a lot of parties and events at the Dupont Country Club, and looking at our upcoming calendar of events, it looks like we have many more in the future.

I met with Amy and Andrew a few weeks prior to their wedding. We call this meeting the ‘wrap-up meeting”, because it’s where we go over all the final details with the couple regarding their wedding reception, and the role we are expected to play. We help to build an entire timeline with the client to plan the exact order of the formalities, while we review their music selections with them as well. Each wedding is different and it is very important that we take the time to get to know the bride and groom, in order to best serve them. To learn what kind of music they like, and more importantly which kinds they don’t like. One of my goals for each wedding I do is to make sure I give the bride and groom the reception that they have envisioned. This is a big day in both of their lives, and I make it my mission to make their wedding even better than they imagined.

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Once we made the formal introductions, the bride and groom took the center stage for their first dance as husband and wife, and once the formalities ended, dinner was brought out by the DuPont Country Club’s staff. As the DJ, I’m always please to see well-fed guests, as this group was going to need their energy, because once dinner was over it’s time to celebrate. Like most of my weddings, this was a great group who were out on the dance floor all night, singing along while I played “I Want You Back” by the Jackson Five, and twisting the night away with “The Twist” by Chubby Checker, and of course playing plenty of fun Hip Hop music. A great party with only one negative side effect at the end… a lot of sore feet; quite common when dancing for two hours straight.

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The bride and groom were wonderful to work with. They are blessed to have a multitude of family and friends that love to dance, which made the party a great time for all. Of course it’s always a privilege to work at the Dupont Country Club. The photographer was the very awesome Paul Pruitt Photography. Finally, a big thank you to Amy and Andrew for having us DJ the wedding. Congratulations, and all the best!

Your DJ,
-Richie

A few weeks after the wedding the bride was nice enough to post the following testimonial on Wedding Wire…

My husband, Andrew, and I used Richie Abrams with Cutting Edge Entertainment for our wedding at the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, DE on October 24, 2015. We were absolutely thrilled with our decision!

Richie and the team at Cutting Edge Entertainment are professional, available, and so much fun! I am still hearing from our guests about how much fun they had at our wedding! Andrew and I heard about their company through multiple wedding websites, and after a phone call with Richie we were sold. Richie made the process easy and was available for questions at any time. He was very accommodating of our requests and needs. For our package, we chose to use Cutting Edge Entertainment for our DJ services, photobooth, uplighting, and GoBo design. The fact that their company had a package that included all of these was amazing!

Richie kept our guests dancing with a seamless transition of music to please every age. Andrew and I were literally on the dance floor all night enjoying the music with out guests! The photobooth was probably the biggest hit with out guests, the attendants told my parents they almost ran out of film because it was being used so much! The uplighting set the mood in such a romantic way and the GoBo design was exactly what we wanted.

I would recommend any bride-to-be and groom-to-be to go with Cutting Edge Entertainment. The DJ services is a huge part of the wedding reception. They keep the party going with all of the events and music. Richie absolutely made our special day amazing!



Images courtesy of Paul Pruitt Photography


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Cutting Edge @ March 2, 2016

Brandon’s PineCrest Country Club Bar Mitzvah

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While performing as MC and DJ for Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs here at Cutting Edge Entertainment is always fun and exciting, there are some events that stand out for special reasons on their own, Brandon’s Bar Mitzvah celebration at PineCrest County Club was one of those events.

Not only were Kim and Dave (aka Mom and Dad) long-time Council Rock friends of Craig, the owner of Cutting Edge Entertainment, but Brandon (the star of the day) has been a dance student of mine at Freestyle Dance Academy for about four years now. While Craig, Kim and Dave grew up together, I have had the privilege of watching Brandon grow from a boy into an incredible gentleman. Needless to say, we at Cutting Edge Entertainment were determined to rock this party for reasond both personal and professional.

Upon arriving at PineCrest Country Club, in Montgomery County, I ran into Brandon before he started his ceremony for his Bar Mitzvah. He was standing next to a life-sized cardboard cut out… of him. Talk about the coolest kid ever! “Flat Brandon,” as he was come to be known, was later used as a prop in the photo booth, so that party-goers could take their picture “with Brandon” even when he was otherwise occupied. After completing his ceremony, we kicked off Brandon’s Hollywood Movie Mitzvah reception and party with high-energy introductions of his parents, followed by a standing ovation for the star himself. After candle lighting and a festive and fun hora, the guests sat for dinner, as we led the entire party in a game of Hollywood movie and music trivia. Both kids and adults battled hard, with included some moonwalking, modeling, and some folks doing their best Star Wars and James Bond impressions.  It was a great ice breaker for the guests, and gave us a glimpse into how enthusiastic the guests were, and how they were ready to party!

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After dinner, Brandon and Kim shared a special mother and son dance, complete with a choreographed journey through the movies including Saturday Night Fever, Footloose and Step Up. Kim and Brandon showed off their moves before Brandon took to the floor himself to show off his break dancing skills to the delight of the crowd. The adults and kids danced the night away, with Brandon even teaching some of his friends and relatives his dance moves.

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At the end of the evening everyone left with a smile on their faces, and a ton of candy from the candy bar! The party was a blast, and I was truly honored that Kim and Dave asked me to be a part of Brandon’s special day. I am proud of the young man Brandon has grown into, and I am excited to watch him continue his journey to becoming a man. Thank you to PineCrest Country Club, Allure West Studios, and all my incredible staff at Cutting Edge Entertainment who helped rock out this party! A special thank you and congratulations goes out to Kim, Dave and Brandon, as well as the entire family.  Mazel Tov Brandon!

– Tony A. –


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Cutting Edge @ February 24, 2016

10 Great Love Songs from 1986

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In 1996, the price of gasoline in the United States dipped below $1.00 per gallon, the top three grossing movies were Top Gun, Crocodile Dundee and Platoon, and a guy named Oliver North got thrown under the bus.  It was also the year of the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy, which disintegrated 73 seconds after launch killing seven astronauts.

In music, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was opened in Detroit, although it should have been in Philadelphia. We lost artists like Benny Goodman, Kate Smith and Teddy Wilson while 1996 was the year artists like Lady Gaga, Drake and Ellie Goulding were born.

On the love song scene, 1986 had a few new faces like Janet Jackson and Anita Baker, some artists make their first solo Billboard chart appearances like Peter Cetera and Belinda Carlisle, and for some – like Michael McDonald – it would be their last chart hit.  All in all, 1986 was a pretty solid year for love songs. The songs on this list are presented in the chronological order of their appearance on the Billboard Top 40 charts for 1986.

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“The Sweetest Taboo” by Sade

This was the second Top 40 hit for the Jazz-styled songstress Sade (pronounced Sha-day), and although the title may be somewhat misleading, the lyrics reveal beautiful and tender sentiments of love.  “The Sweetest Taboo” was the second Top 40 Billboard chart hit for Sade, entering the charts in late 1985 and peaking at #5 in the early months of 1986.

“Addicted To Love” by Robert Palmer

Although Robert Palmer had two prior Top 20 hits in the late 1970s, this would be his first #1 chart hit.  The theme of “Addicted To Love” is very similar to Palmer’s 1979 hit “Bad Case Of Loving You”, and although both seem to regard love as an ailment or addiction, closer inspection reveals a tongue-in-cheek humor about the overwhelming power of good love.

“Glory Of Love” by Peter Cetera

This would be former Chicago front man Peter Cetera’s first solo Top 40 hit, rising to the #1 Billboard position in mid 1986.  The lyrics comprise an endearing pledge of love from a man to a woman, evoking comparisons to heroes and knights in shining armor, suggesting the most chivalrous of love sentiments.

 “Mad About You” by Belinda Carlisle

This upbeat love song entered the Top 40 on the same day as Peter Cetera’s “Glory Of Love”, and was also former Go-Go’s Belinda Carlisle’s first solo hit.  It’s a fun tune, the title of which essentially sums up the sentiment. “Mad About You” rose to a peak #3 position on the Billboard charts in 1986.

“Sweet Freedom” by Michael McDonald

From the motion picture Running Scared with Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines, former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald lays down his smooth groove for this unique love song.  “Sweet Freedom” reached the #7 position on the Billboard Top 40 in 1986, and would be Mr. McDonald’s last solo Top 40 hit.

“Take My Breath Away” by Berlin

The second movie soundtrack tune on this list, “Take My Breath Away” will be forever be associated with Top Gun and names like Goose and Maverick. This love song is a bit of a departure for singer Terri Nunn and Berlin who were more edgy in the early 80s, but landed them their only #1 Top 40 hit.

 “Friends And Lovers” by Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson

“Friends And Lovers” is the very definition of a one hit wonder (the only charted hit for two artists in this instance), and the only duet on this list.  Carl Anderson was a sought-after session singer, and in addition being a soap opera star, Gloria Loring is the mother of pop singer Robin Thicke.  All that aside, this one is a gem of a love song however obscure it may be, and topped out at #2 on the charts.

 “Stuck With You” by Huey Lewis and The News

At first glance, the title of this 1986 tune seems suspect, as do the lyrics as they start out until the chorus begins, and then it’s love all the way.  “Stuck With You” is a fun, bouncy mid-tempo love song that lends more to a more seasoned relationship than new love, and reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Top 40.

“When I Think of You” by Janet Jackson

This was first #1 hit for Janet Jackson, and is unquestionably a love song and a great one at that.  The lyrics repeat “so in love, so in love” and that pretty much sums up the theme of the song.  Brother Michael may have ruled the early 80s, but this smash hit was one of four Top 10 certified Gold hits for Miss Jackson in 1986.

“Sweet Love” by Anita Baker

Another newcomer to the Billboard charts in 1986, Anita Baker burst on to the scene with this #8 R&B jazz-styled hit which would become a wedding cocktail favorite for years to come, along with a string of love-laced hits in the years to come.

 

And so concludes our list; ten great love songs from 1986 in the order of their appearance on the Top 40 charts.  Each song has been vetted, listened to (again and again) and evaluated with the lyrics read and scrutinized to weed out any proper nouns (girls/guys names) troubled love like breakups, infidelity, done-me-wrong or lost love lyrics or and sort of unrequited love (like when the person doesn’t love you back).  They’re safe for a wedding first dance, or just to dedicate to someone you love.

Love the love…

-Craig




Sources: The Billboard Book of Top 40 [Pop] Hits and The Billboard Book of Top 40 R&B Hits by Joel Whitburn and Billboard’s Hottest Hot 100 Hits by Fred Bronson.



Cutting Edge @ February 19, 2016

The Wedding of Megan and Derek

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On September 26th of 2015 I traveled to the Villanova University Conference Center in Radnor, PA to rock out the wedding reception of Megan and Derek. In my line of work, I meet a lot of couples in love. As a Wedding DJ it’s important to play all sorts of music from all different genres and eras including many diverse artists. Many brides and grooms are concerned with making sure we play a little bit of something for everyone. In my opinion four to five hours is more than enough time to keep everyone happy, whether it be with Big Band, Jazz, Motown, Rock and Roll, or Top 40, I have no problem fitting it all in. This was very important to Megan and Derek, simply because as in most wedding receptions, their guests varied in both age and musical taste.

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This was a wedding that I was anticipating for months, because I knew it was going to be a blast.  Once cocktail hour ended, we brought everyone in to the ballroom and began our introductions. The parents, bridal party, and bride and groom each had came out and the guests were cheering so hard it almost overpowered the music. Once the first dance and toasts were finished, everyone enjoyed an amazing meal courtesy of the staff at the Villanova Conference Center. Once dinner ended, we quickly got everyone out on the dance floor. I played everything from “Land of a 1000 Dances” by Wilson Pickett to “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift as well as tons of other great party hits in between. The bride and groom were out on the dance floor nearly the entire night, along with their roughly one hundred and fifty guests. It was a great time for all.

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Megan and Derek are amazing, and I enjoyed getting to know them before the wedding and it was awesome to be a part of their celebration. I look forward to staying in touch with them, as they begin their lives together as husband and wife. I also had the opportunity to work with Danielle Nowak Photography she did a great job. The pictures came out great and I appreciate Danielle for letting me feature them on our blog.

– DJ Richie

Images courtesy of Danielle Nowak


Villanova University Conference Center


Wedding DJ and Lighting
Delaware County, Pennsylvania





Cutting Edge @ February 17, 2016

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