Client Testimonials, Weddings
As a Wedding DJ, I am very grateful to get the opportunity to work with so many awesome people – weekend after weekend – just like Jillian and Howard, the bride and groom from this wedding reception which was to be held at the Down Town Club in the heart of Philadelphia. Jillian and Howard were very laid back, with their primary concern being that their friends and family had a really 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 segments of the reception. We sat together for close to two hours 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 share in their excitement for their big day, and sitting down with them face to face really gives me the chance to do just that. In all honesty it’s also one of the most fun parts of my job because I get to listen and talk about music with some really cool couples. Music isn’t just a fun topic, but something I truly love… and I think my clients do too.
Jillian and Howard are definitely both party animals, and as I mentioned earlier they really wanted all of their guests to have a great time. They picked the right DJ for the job, because getting (and keeping) people out on the dance floor happens to be my specialty. I played everything from “Runaround Sue” by Dion & The Belmonts to “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz, and everyone had a blast. One thing remained the same. It didn’t hurt that this crowd was ready to go as soon as dinner was over, and did not stop until the reception came to a close. The only thing that might have hurt were peoples feet from dancing all night long.
Now, of course, I can’t take all the credit for the success of the party. The staff at the Down Town Club did a magnificent job. There was constant communication between myself and their staff, which enabled us to work together as a team to achieve and ensure the overall success of the event. I also had the chance to work with Carley from Carley K Photography who took amazing pictures and was very kind to let us feature some here on our blog. Thank you Carley! Ultimately, the communication and cooperation of all of the event professionals plays a huge role in the overall outcome of a wedding reception, and, to that end, this was a great team to work with.
In conclusion, everything could not have been such a success without the bride and groom. The wedding was amazing and I was so glad to be a part of it. I wish both Jillian and Howard the best in the start of your new life together as husband and wife, and I hope to see you both at future events. Thank you for choosing Cutting Edge Entertainment.
A few weeks after the wedding Jillian was kind enough to post the following testimonial on Wedding Wire.
Richie is one of the best wedding DJs in the Philadelphia/NJ area, hands down! Richie kept the music rocking all night and even impressed one of our friends who is known to be a bit of a DJ snob 🙂 Richie was so helpful with helping us pick songs for our first dance, entrances and other important moments throughout the night. He helped calmed me down when we arrived for our final meeting when we had literally nothing chosen yet! He patiently went through some songs with us and helped us pick great music for every moment. While my husband and I didn’t get to dance as much as we wanted since we were busy most of the night, we heard nothing but great feedback from our guests about the music and party throughout the night. Thanks for everything, Richie!
Images courtesy of Carley K Photography
Down Town Club
Wedding DJ and Lighting
Cutting Edge @ September 21, 2016
Client Testimonials, Weddings
On May 27th, 2016 I was at the Union League Golf Club at Torresdale in Philadelphia, to rock out the wedding reception of Marie and Dan. When I met with Marie and her mom for the second time a few weeks before their wedding, we came up with a timeline to squeeze in as much time for dancing as possible during the five hour reception. Working with the bride and groom before the wedding is an important part of my job. Every reception is different and my goal is to give my clients the party they have always envisioned. Since the bride and groom, know the music they love to sing and dance to, meeting with them beforehand allows me to go over these details. While some DJs may have you just submit online wedding forms, and then you meet for the first time at the event. I want to get to know and meet my clients’ weeks before the reception. Not only to go over music, but I also want to give the bride and groom a chance to get to know me. Hopefully they become comfortable and confident in my Wedding DJ skills, and they can also get to know me as a fun, outgoing person who is passionate about his work. With this piece of mind, they won’t need to worry about the music the day-of, instead they can relax and be guests at their wedding.
After dinner concluded the celebration truly began, as the bride and groom took to the dance floor with all their friends and family surrounding them. DJ Jack and I played the dance classics from all eras, including many of the biggest hits of today like “Uptown Funk” from Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars and the extremely catchy “Since You Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson (which got played twice). There were a lot of guests on the dance floor at this wedding. I believe a lot of that had to do with the bride and groom. Sometimes I scratch my head when I see people at parties just sitting watching… or even worse on their smart phone. I don’t understand why anybody would get all dressed up, to go out and sit. In my opinion, they must be the same people who put on a bathing suit and go to the beach without ever going in the water. However, at this wedding reception Marie and Dan were on the dance floor the majority of the night, and all of their friends and family that loved them were right there with them.
This wedding is the first blog from a reception I did at the Union League Golf Club at Torresdale. Ann and her staff did a fantastic job. I also had a great time working with Spark Photography. I want to thank them for letting me feature the images from the wedding on our blog. Most importantly, I want to thank Marie and Dan for choosing me as their Wedding DJ and allowing me to rock their wedding, and I’d like to wish you both all the best in your future as husband and wife!!
A few weeks after the wedding Marie was nice enough to post the following testimonial on The Knot:
Richie was the DJ from Cutting Edge at my wedding, and from the minute I met him, I knew he was a true professional. Richie was incredibly accommodating throughout the entire time we dealt with him. My husband was insistent that we had Grateful Dead music played during the cocktail hour, and our first song was by The Dead as well. Richie had every single song that we asked for, and he accommodated each and every one of our requests. His suggestions were always thoughtful, and you can tell that he is incredibly experienced as a wedding DJ. Richie is incredibly positive and enthusiastic, and he just had a great attitude every time I spoke with him. I relied on all of the great reviews about Richie when I decided to reach out to Cutting Edge, and I can tell you they are all 100% accurate. Richie had the dance floor packed for two straight hours. If you want to have a giant dance party at your wedding (which we did), Richie is your guy. I can’t recommend him enough.
Images courtesy of Spark Photography
The Union League Golf Club
Wedding DJ and Lighting
Cutting Edge @ August 22, 2016
Musicology, News, Random Thoughts
This past Thursday I had the chance to finally catch one of my favorite bands, the Go-Go’s, in concert at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, which, incidentally, happens to be a pretty awesome venue for live bands. There were two opening acts – Kaya Stewart and Best Coast – after which the Go-Go’s took the stage opening with their 1982 hit “Vacation”, and then it was just a barrage of hit after rocking hit. They delved into their pre-pop punk roots, aside from playing almost all of their hits. They did Belinda’s “Mad About You” and “Cool Places” by Sparks, a tune from 1983 that featured Go-Go’s guitarist Jane Wiedlin, as well as their well known rendition of The Capitols “Cool Jerk” from 1966. From beginning to end they had the house dancing and singing, and for a bunch of girls in their late 50s (and one in her early 60s) they rocked like they were in their early twenties, and with no lack of sex appeal. In a nutshell, they were awesome.
For me, one of the highest high points was when they came out for their encore opening with the Miley Cyrus hit “Wrecking Ball”, which they not only owned, but – at least from my interpretation – made a much bolder statement; the Go-Go’s still got it, and respect to Miley, and we’ll pass that torch except we’re not sure we’re done with it yet.
Farewell tour my ass.
Admittedly I’m no concert reviewer, and seldom post this sort of thing to my blog. But since I do know a thing or two about music, let me tell you how it is… the Go-Go’s are to the 1980s what Bill Haley & His Comets are to the 1950’s, and perhaps more profoundly to Rock & Roll in general. Just as the game-changing “Rock Around The Clock” played over the opening credits of Blackboard Jungle in 1955, so did “We Got The Beat” play over the opening credits of Fast Times at Ridgemont High in 1982. Both different movies, but both equally significant generational time capsules in their own right. The Go-Go’s “We Got The Beat” is a 1980s teen anthem.
And if owning an 80s teen anthem isn’t enough (in all fairness, there are several), they are the first all-girl Rock band… ever. No, Heart had guys in the band and so did all that came before the Go-Go’s. Their drummer Gina Schock rocks the big beat as good as any arena band drummer, Charlotte Caffey is an uber musician and songwriter (she wrote “We Got The Beat”), Jane Wiedlin is still the very definition of punk while Belinda Carlisle is the front girl of front girls. As for former bassist Kathy Valentine who opted out of this tour, I still hear ya on the record.
Yet the Go-Go’s are more than just the first all-girl Rock & Roll band, and more than just the very spirit of the 1980s… The are awesome, and my only regret is not paying the $200.00 to have my picture taken with the band.
Maybe on the next farewell tour. Love ya girls.
P.S. Hey Rolling Stone… Why aren’t the Go-Go’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet? C’mon Jann.
Cutting Edge @ August 15, 2016
In February I had the opportunity to DJ the wedding of Jessica and Lee. The wedding was held at Tendenza, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tendenza is a fairly new facility that has only been around for a few years. It is a modern take on the traditional ballroom, which makes it a great alternative for those looking for something different from the standard wedding venue, and it is quickly becoming one of the most popular venues in the City of Philadelphia. When Jessica and Lee decided that they wanted me to be their Wedding DJ, I was excited to once again play at this great facility.
I love meeting brides and grooms-to-be, and always feel lucky to be chosen to contribute my DJ services on what is one of the best, and most special days in a anyone’s life. Much like many young couples that are planning a wedding, Jessica and Lee were extremely excited. Our first meeting was pretty much a brainstorm on how we could make her wedding a lot of fun. then, a few months later when Jessica and Lee met with me again, we put together a timeline in which we did our best to get as much dancing time as possible during the five hour reception.
Once dinner concluded we transitioned to dancing mode. I usually open up the dance floor with a slow song, with some of my favorite selections to open up with being ‘The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra or “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley. Within seconds of playing these songs, the dance floor begins to fill with couples. Once the slow song ends we slam right in with some great dancing tunes. A common question I get asked is, “How do you mix up the music?” The answer: each wedding is different, so the music I play at one wedding might be totally different from another wedding. I usually try to start the night by playing older music from the 60s and 70s and then as the night progresses I play more current selections. I think this way makes the most sense, because older guests often leave earlier in the night. I also feel that younger guests have no problem dancing to older music from the sounds of Motown, Funk, and disco, however the majority of older people don’t always dance to newer pop music or Hip Hop. But as I mentioned before, all weddings are different and these details are discussed in great detail before the reception with the bride, the groom and their Wedding DJ.
Before I conclude this blog post I would like to thank the photographer of the event, Tiffany of Atlas Wedding Photography. I have worked with her a few times now and she is a dream to work with. She is always ready with camera in hand to capture all the events as they unfold, and I am very excited to get to share these images from this amazing reception with all the readers of our blog.
Congratulations Jessica and Lee!!
Images courtesy of Atlas Wedding Photography
Wedding DJ and Lighting
Cutting Edge @ August 8, 2016
Musicology, Song Lists
The last year of the 80s decade reflects the usual and expected signs of changes in music that occur with the passage from one decade to the next. Some familiar artists still relevant as ever, some making their final Top 40 appearance, a few one hit wonders and, in the case of 1989, a surprising amount of new artists that would have a profound influence on the course of popular music in the decade to come. Yet as always, new and interesting interpretations of the love song. In 1989, Taylor Swift was born while we lost iconic songwriter Irving Berlin, passing the baton yet again in the never ending timeline of popular music.
Since beginning this project in January of 2014 with Love Songs from the Great American Songbook, the objective has been to find love songs sometimes by genre and sometimes by year. Using a variety of Top 40 to Top 100 lists, I first eliminate those with any suspect lyric suggesting uncertainty, infidelity, done-me-wrong or unrequited sentiments, and then omitting any otherwise lyrically acceptable love songs with proper nouns (guys/girls names). While no year beginning in the 1940s yielded no more than a dozen or so songs that met this standard even factoring in a margin of error, 1989 came up with eighteen great love songs without a struggle.
And to expand on the greatness of these eighteen love songs from 1989, I should add that ten of them went Gold selling over 500,000 copies, three went Platinum selling over a million copies and the five songs not achieving Gold or Platinum status still managed to chart within the Top 5 of the Billboard charts. So they aren’t just great because I say so but because the folks buying music in 1989 said so.
So before reading on, scroll to the bottom, press play, and listen to the eighteen mega-hit love songs that dominated the Billboard charts in 1989.
“Two Hearts” by Phil Collins
Not the first love song from Phil Collins solo career, and not the last. “Two Hearts” is an upbeat and joyful love song which made its chart debut in late 1988 and continued to climb up, up, up the Billboard charts peaking at the top spot (#1) in 1989. With echoes of a retro Motown sound, this fun ditty was part of a remarkable string of hits for the former Genesis front man and drummer that would continue for another decade.
“The Way You Love Me” by Karyn White
Before disappearing into relative obscurity, Karyn White would have a few more notable hits into the early 90s. “I Love The Way You Love” – the first single off of her self-titled debut album – first charted in late 1988 and would break break the Top 10 in early 1989 only to stall at #7 while still earning certified Gold status by the RIAA on March 9 of 1989. Produced by Babyface, it reflects a fresh R&B sound, not unlike that of Bobby Brown who dominated the charts the same year. It’s a danceable fun song that is unquestionably a love-filled love song.
“Born To Be My Baby” by Bon Jovi
Yet another song to make its chart debut in the latter part of 1988 (December 17), “Born To Be My Baby” was the second of five Top 10 hits from Bon Jovi’s album New Jersey, and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1989. Like the title suggests, it’s a declaration of love with lyrics that suggest that regardless of the ups and downs of real life, there is no doubt in the unwavering love that shall overcome life’s challenges.
“When I’m With You” by Sheriff
The last song on this list to make its initial chart appearance in late 1988 and the first ballad on the list, it would become a hugely popular choice for a first dance at weddings for years to come, and is widely regarded as a “power ballad”. “When I’m With You” would climb to the number one position on the Billboard charts, become certified Gold, yet as classic and perhaps even iconic of a love song as it is, it would be the only Top 40 appearance for the band Sheriff and the epitome of a one hit wonder,.
“You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids On The Block
The return of the boy band came on like a tidal wave with the New Kids On The Block. Rocketing up the charts in early 1989 and quickly attaining the #3 spot on the Billboard Top 100 and becoming certified Gold, young girls would swoon over vocalists Jordan Knight and Donnie Wahlberg imagining the song was directed at them. This would be the first of two New Kids On The Block love songs in 1989, and would open the door for the boy band craze to come in the 1990s. The original title listing on the album was “The Right Stuff”, defining the qualities of the subject of the song, going as far as saying “you are the reason I sing this song”. Is that love or what?
“Lost In Your Eyes” by Debbie Gibson
A romantic and tender teen-fueled love song that is charmingly innocent in a way that only Debbie Gibson could deliver. Although not her first number one hit, and not her first certified Gold single, Debbie Gibson – like the New Kids On The Block – opened the flood gates for teen-centric female artists and vocalists that would dominate in the coming decade. Yet as teen-ish as ‘Lost In Your Eyes” may be, the sentiment is pure and dreamy in a “first love” kind of way, which is perhaps what made this song so appealing to the young girls of its time.
“Girl You Know It’s True” by Milli Vanilli
Shrouded by controversy, Milli Vanilli were perhaps mere scapegoats in a lip-sync witch hunt that seems acceptable and commonplace in today’s live performances. Aside from the bad rap and stripped awards, “Girl You Know It’s True” was a mega hit peaking at #2 and selling enough copies to be certified Platinum before their downfall into pop music’s hall of shame. regardless of authenticity, it’s a great song, and a direct and to the point love song that will forever evoke memories of it’s time while it’s catchy lyrics make it an almost irresistible sing-along.
“Eternal Flame” by The Bangles
The third slow ballad on this 1989 list, “Eternal Flame” hints at a question that asks if this love is real, but that hint is fleeting with a counter reassurance of a returned love, and as the listener I find myself confident of a positive response to the question ‘is this burning and eternal flame”. Yes, it most certainly is. This would be the last Top 40 appearance for this archetypal 80s girl group, reaching #1 on the Billboard charts while being certified Gold.
“Like A Prayer” by Madonna
While this song was acclaimed by music critics, and achieved massive commercial success, the music video that followed brought on protests and a boycott decree from the Pope himself, causing ongoing controversy bordering on scandalous… Which likely delighted Madonna. The accusations of the video ranged from having racist imagery to Christian blasphemy by combining sexuality with religious imagery. In spite of the uproar, “Like A Prayer” reached number one on the charts, went Platinum, and when listening to the lyrics unfettered by the drama surrounding the controversial video, “Like A Prayer” is as pure a love song as any.
“Forever Your Girl” by Paula Abdul
The second Top 4o appearance of Paula Abdul was also her second chart topper cruising to the #1 spot like “Straight Up” only a few months earlier. Her second appearance fell short of her debut Platinum certification, but “Forever Your Girl” still managed a certified Gold status. As the title suggests, the theme and lyrics of this hit promise forever and ever love, and a reassurance that no matter what other suitors may offer, it cannot change her heart.
“Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler
Although previously recorded starting in 1982 by Roger Whittaker, and Lou Rawls and Gladys Knight in following years, it took Bette Midler’s 1989 recording for the movie Beaches to climb this lyrically meaningful and profound love song to number one on the Billboard pop charts, RIAA certified Platinum, and two Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1990. Although no newcomer to the pop charts, this was the first #1 for Bette Midler and was to be her second to last Top 40 appearance.
“I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” by New Kids On The Block
The New Kids On The Block strike yet again, this time with a straightforward title. Debuting in the Billboard Top 40 on April 22, 1989 and climbing to the #1 spot less than two months later on June 17 of the same year earning them their second certified Gold record and their first number one chart hit. In the end, this tune dominated the Top 10 for six weeks, the Top 20 for eight weeks and the Top 40 for a grand total of fourteen weeks that summer, which should come as no surprise to women who were between the ages of 13 and 16 in 1989.
“Angel Eyes” by The Jeff Healey Band
The second one hit wonder love song on this list is an interesting yet likely oft forgotten tune in the midst of so many blockbuster mega hits. The relatively unknown Canadian Jeff Healey – who sadly died of lung cancer at 41 in 2008 – was a blind Jazz and Blues-Rock vocalist and guitarist who reached the #5 Billboard spot with this somewhat self deprecating but humbly endearing love song which asks “What are you doing with a clown like me?” and “What did I ever do to win your love?”
“Heaven” by Warrant
Not to be confused with the Bryan Adams song of the same name from 1985, Warrant was an American Glam Metal/Hard Rock band, and as was the tradition of that genre, this was considered their “power ballad”, to which concert-goes would traditionally lift their lighters. This would be Warrant’s highest charting hit peaking at #2 and achieving certified Gold status by the Recording Artists Association of America. Like most other “Hair Bands” of the 1980s, Warrant would fade into chart oblivion in the early 1990s.
“Cherish” by Madonna
This tune is Madonna’s second love song on this list and her eighteenth Top 40 hit to date, and she would go on to chart thirty more as of 2008. “Cherish” was light and fluffy compared to “Like A Prayer”, void of any major controversy which is perhaps why it peaked at #2 and failed to sell enough copies to go Gold or Platinum. Regardless, it’s a happy love song well suited for a bridal shower or wedding. A little known factoid is that as a nod to the 1960s love song “Cherish” by The Association, Madonna lifted several verses directly from that song, although her version is an entirely different song.
“When I See You Smile” by Bad English
The third “power ballad” on this list of love songs for 1989, and again by a band classified as Glam Metal/Hard Rock, yet a closer look at Bad English finds veteran rocker John Waite – formerly of the 1970s band The Babys and having a small string of solo hits in the early 80s – on lead vocals, making the genre association of Glam Metal/Hard Rock slightly suspect. In any case, this chart-topping certified Gold #1 hit is unquestionably a slow ballad as well as a love song with powerful lyrics that scream “I love you”.
“(It’s Just) The Way That You Love Me” by Paula Abdul
Paula Abdul climbed into the Billboard Top 40 in October of 1989 with yet another fun-filled love song, making her the third artist with two great love songs on the 1989 list. Although similar in title to the earlier Karyn White song listed second on this list, here we find an entirely different song and sound arguably unique to Paula Abdul with an auto-tune effect that would become almost commonplace two decades later. “It’s Just The Way That You Love Me” peaked at #3 on the charts, but would be sandwiched in by three #1 hits both before and after giving the former Lakers dancer a total og six #1 hits overall.
“Don’t Know Much” by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
Aaron Neville had his first hit in 1967, and Linda Ronstadt had hers in 1968. While Mr. Neville faded into virtual obscurity in regard to the popular music scene for over two decades, Miss Ronstadt was pumping out hits through the 70s and 80s, while earning Grammy Awards, American Music Awards and a plethora of other awards as well as collaborating with countless artists. How the two came together in 1989 to record “Don’t Know Much” is unknown, but the collaboration resulted in a love song for the ages. Chart position and Gold certification aside, this love ballad speaks to the certainty of true love in an otherwise uncertain world.
And so ends the second to the last decade of the Twentieth Century, and although the popular love song as a form of expression finds a way to remain consistently familiar while sometimes redundant and even childlike, it also explores new poetic, insightful and inspirational ways of conveying the great joy of love. And just as people of all ages fall in love, there seldom fails to be a love song that speaks to and accurately represents each generation and each stage of love. Like the maturely crafted lyrics of “Wind Beneath My Wings” or “Don’t Know Much”, to the youthful and innocent love reflected in songs like “Lost In Your Eyes” and “I’ll Be Loving You Forever”, we never seem to run out of new ways to say “I love you”.
Love the love…
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 @ August 3, 2016
The majority of effort that goes into planning and executing a fantastic wedding reception is completed before a single song gets played. During the planning process, the staff at Cutting Edge Entertainment will ask a variety of probing questions to align our own wedding expertise with the vision of our clients. When I first meet a new client I make it known that in my experience as a Wedding DJ, the most successful wedding receptions are the result of finding the perfect balance between “classy” and “fun”. It’s important for the event to be a true celebration, crammed with cheering, singing, dancing, joy and making merry, with a dash of silliness; but “traditional” in the sense that weddings come with a particular set of expectations. The wedding of Ashley and Michael last July is the perfect example of an event that found the proverbial “sweet spot”.
On July 25, 2015 in the Atrium at the Curtis Center in Center City Philadelphia, Ashley and Michael – along with their friends and family – shook the floor, celebrated and made every “selfie” count. From the introductions that included classic songs like the 1970s hit “Still the One” by Orleans and the even more well known “Oh, What A Night” by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons for their parents and a variety of Jay-Z and Beyonce tracks for the Bridal Party… this couple knew how to make it work. The musical curve ball of the evening came when they selected “Candy Shop” by 50 Cent to begin their Cake Cutting ceremony, but switched to “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard to keep the mood light and fun while adhering to the “sweet, candy, dessert” topic of song bearing relevance to the moment.
After a delicious dinner and a few more formalities it was time to take over the dance floor. As a Wedding DJ, one of the greatest barometers for success is when the furthest and most remote corners of the floor are packed with bodies enjoying every beat, which was certainly the case here. Ashley took advantage of the fun with her selfie-stick and captured many moments from her own perspective, including a few images with yours truly.
Thank you to the staff at the Curtis Center for their hospitality and amazing food, your staff were/are a pleasure to work with and it is always great knowing that all of the event professionals are working together in concert with the ultimate goal being a fantastic wedding reception. To that end, a special thanks to Ken Lee and Marsella Studio for the great photos and for allowing us to feature these images on our blog post.
As a Wedding DJ, a collection of smiles is all the proof I need to know this was another successful party and the start of another wonderful marriage. Ashley and Michael, it was an honor to work with you and to share in your special day.
Images courtesy of Marsella Studio
The Atrium at Curtis Center
Wedding DJ and Lighting
Cutting Edge @ July 27, 2016
On Saturday May 21st, I had the pleasure of working with Erin and Dan at the stunningly beautiful High Point in Malvern. Although it was my first time at this venue, the vintage-styled barn facility is absolutely breathtaking, and wowed me when I first walked in. Both sides of the venue were lined with windows that displayed the stunning landscape at High Point, and served as an amazing backdrop to the wedding reception.
The tone of the evening was set early as far as the dancing was concerned just after the heartfelt Father/Daughter dance when Dan and his mom took to the floor for their Mother/Son dance. Usually, the groom picks a song for he and his mother and they share their sentimental moment. However, Dan and his mother decided to spice it up a bit and after a minute and a half of “My Wish” by the Rascal Flatts, they broke out in a choreographed dance to “Uptown Funk”. It was the most original mother son dance I have ever seen, and they certainly gave the party some extra “umph” before the dancing went into full swing.
The dance floor was packed from the moment that the dinner service ended, and remained that way as we worked our way through the years and genres of music. We hung in the 90’s for a great deal of the night as it was both Dan and Erin’s favorite era, and relived them through some Jock Jams and the timeless classic (old-school) Hip-Hop. Their energy and commitment to the dance floor truly made for an extra special party, because when the bride and groom are out there, their guests are certain to follow.
As part of my usual microphone banter, I explain the great dilemma when it comes time for cutting the cake. It is a crucial moment in the newly married couple’s life when they face their biggest decision as a couple, to be naughty or nice? As the above picture reveals, they chose to be naughty and smash the cake in each others faces… moments the Photographer captured perfectly.
Adrienne from Adrienne Matz Photography was a pleasure to work with as well as the staff from Queen of Hearts Catering. It takes a great team of wedding professionals to make a reception great, and I could not have asked for a better team that day.
Looking back on the party, with all the dancing and great music being considered, the thing I will take away is truly feeling in the presence of love. This is nothing really revolutionary for a wedding, because of course that is the atmosphere. But something stood out with them. It was something so wonderful to be a part of and to see.
As for Erin and Dan, I wish you many years of health and happiness and I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to be such a big part of your day. Do not forget about our Sea Isle deal!
All the best,
~ DJ Steve
Images courtesy of Adrienne Matz Photography
The High Point
Wedding DJ and Lighting
Chester County, Pennsylvania
Cutting Edge @ June 29, 2016
Kelly and Ian’s wedding reception was held on Friday, February 19th at the Union Trust in Philadelphia, and they chose Cutting Edge Entertainment to provide the DJ and music. Although Union Trust is a newer venue, we’ve already done quite a few parties,events and of course wedding receptions there, and looking at our upcoming calendar of events it looks like we have many more coming in the months ahead.
I met with Kelly and Ian 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 go over a comprehensive time line with our clients in order to help them plan the exact order of all of the formalities, while reviewing all of their music selections 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. I want 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 wedding 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 could have imagined.
Once we completed the formal introductions, the bride and groom took center stage for their first dance as husband and wife. After the formalities ended, dinner was brought out by the catering staff. As the Wedding DJ, I’m always pleased 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 we played plenty of fun Bruce Springsteen music (a special request by the bride and groom). A great party with only one negative side effect at the end… a lot of sore feet; quite common when dancing non-stop for two hours straight.
The bride and groom – Kelly and Ian – were wonderful to work with. They are blessed to have such an amazing group of family and friends that clearly loved to dance and celebrate with them their wedding day, which made the party a great time for all. Of course it’s always a privilege to work at the Union Trust and with the awesome folks from Finley Catering. The Photographer for the day was the very awesome JPG Photography. Finally, a big thank you to Kelly and Ian for having us DJ the wedding. Congratulations, and all the best to you both in your future together as husband and wife!
Images courtesy of JPG Photography
Wedding DJ and Lighting
Cutting Edge @ June 27, 2016
On Saturday afternoon, March 12th of 2016 I had the opportunity once again to MC a wedding at one of my absolute favorite venues, the Cairnwood Mansion in Bryn Athyn, located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. I like the staff, the venue, and the fact that it’s located only a few short minutes drive from our office. However, the thing I like most about Cairnwood is that each and every wedding or party I do there is uniquely different. In other words, it never gets boring at Cairnwood. There are so many different caterers, decorators, planners, florists and other event professionals that all bring their own individual style, enhancing the event and adding something new and different to each event I do there.
Lacey and Baris were a really fun couple to work with, and we had a blast at our wrap up meeting a couple weeks prior to the wedding. The meeting we had lasted about two hours and I believe it was good for Lacey and Baris to get to know me better and gain confidence in my ability to rock out their wedding. For me, getting to know them was more like making new friends than working with a client, and as it turned out we had so much in common.
Their wedding was one of the highlights of my month, and of course when I DJ a wedding I consider it a team effort, and the wedding can not be successful unless all of the wedding professionals work in sync. The caterer for the wedding reception was Sage Catering, and Noelle and Nicole from Femina Photo and Design did an awesome job capturing the images of the event. Noelle and Nicole are superstar photographers that do a great work. Finally, a successful wedding can’t be complete without the bride and groom, and Lacey and Baris were perfect.
Thank you so much Lacey and Baris, and wishing you both the best of everything in your lives together as husband and wife!!
Images courtesy of Femina Photo + Design
Wedding DJ and Lighting
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Cutting Edge @ June 20, 2016
Musicology, Song Lists
This was the year that the drug known as “crack” was first acknowledged by the media and law enforcement, Iran-Contra was a thing, a man named Osama bin Laden formed a group called Al-Qaeda, the first computer virus – the worm – was unleashed on the internet, George H. W. Bush was elected as President of the United States and a group of NASA scientists announce the existence of something called “global warming”. Not a very promising year.
In 1988 the average movie ticket cost $3.50, gasoline cost 91 cents a gallon in the U.S. and a Logitech Mouse cost $89.99… Oh how times have changed. In music we lost Andy Gibb, Chet Baker, Son House and Roy Orbison while some someday-to-be artists like Rihanna and Adele were born.
Insofar as love songs in popular music 1988 was an interesting and eclectic year with the early-eighties sound quietly giving way to a newer sound that would carry into the next decade. Below you will find a list of some of the best love songs released in 1988, so scroll to the bottom of the page, click play, and re-live the memories.
“Got My Mind Set On You” by George Harrison
Twenty-four years after he topped the chart with another loving song “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, and seven years after his last Top 40 appearance, former Beatle George Harrison rocketed to the number one spot with this upbeat love ditty released in late 1987, which remained on the Billboard Top 40 for fifteen weeks, and it would be the last of three #1 solo hits for the artist.
“The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson
Some might argue this is the best Michael Jackson song ever, although there is no argument that it is likely his best and highest charting love song, reaching #1 on almost every U.S. chart. This is a fun and danceable love song which, like any other great love song, finds a new way to say “I love you”.
“Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley
With a powerful voice and a face like Richie Cunningham British pop sensation Rick Astley burst on the scene Rick-rolling us all before we even knew what that meant. The third love song on this list to reach #1 on the Billboard Pop charts, and the first hit for Astley altogether went Certified Gold in 1988, and as the title suggests, sings of unfaltering love.
“Out Of The Blue” by Debbie Gibson
Sometimes known as the original Britney Spears, Debbie Gibson was the quintessential pop girl, filling the late 80s with bubblegum and love. “Out Of The Blue” reached the number three spot on the Billboard Pop 40 charts in early 1988.
“Together Forever” by Rick Astley
Back again, Rick Astley’s second Top 40 hit climbed to #1 on the charts only months after his first hit, and was perhaps an even more powerful love song than “Never Gonna Give You Up”. Two number one hits in less than three months is an impressive feat in itself, but two strong (and danceable) love songs is especially unique.
“Sign Your Name” by Terence Trent D’arby
Terence Trent D’arby was a true 1988 man, with “Sign Your Name” being one of three Top 40 hits he had that year, and then he quietly disappeared into chart oblivion. This interesting and pseudo-sexy love song reached #4 on the Billboard Pop charts in mid to late 1988.
“I’ll Always Love You” by Taylor Dayne
This is the first song on our list suitable for a slow dance, so it’s no surprise that it was a wedding first dance classic. The title pretty much sums up the spirit of the tune, and although it peaked at #3, “I’ll Always Love You” was Certified Gold selling over a million records. Unquestionably one of the best ballads on this list.
“Groovy Kind Of Love” by Phil Collins
Another slow ballad and another Certified Gold record, “Groovy Kind Of Love” reached #1 on the Billboard Top 40, and was also a popular wedding selection through the late 80s and early 90s. The lyrics are filled with fuzzy love, although Phil Collins may have slightly overused the word “blue” in the lyrics just a bit, it’s still a great love song.
“Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS
In the spirit of INXS and the late Michael Hutchence, this is the INXS interpretation of a love song, and it’s pretty awesome. Although it only reached #7 on the U.S. Billboard charts in 1988, it is a quintessential representation of what is typically considered the sound of the 80s, and an outstanding love song to boot.
“Giving You The Best That I Got” by Anita Baker
Anita Baker put out a string of great love songs in the mid to late 1980s, and 1988 was no exception. “Giving You The Best That I Got” made its appearance on the Billboard Top 40 in October of 1988, climbing to #3 shortly after. This is a fine slow R&B/Jazz-infused love ballad and a great wedding selection for a first dance, cocktails, or just great background for a romantic dinner.
So there’s the list; ten great love songs from 1988 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…
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 @ May 25, 2016