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12 Great Love Songs from 1985

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In 1985, Coca Cola tried unsuccessfully to change their formula, branding it “New Coke”.  This lasted three months before they re-released “Classic Coke” and later scrapped the new formula altogether due to overwhelming public outcry, a shining example of the power of love.

It was the year of Live Aid, the first Nintendo video game console, the launch of VH1, the discovery of the wreck of the RMS Titanic and the first time something called DNA was used in a criminal case.  Bruno Mars and Carly Rae Jepsen were born, while we lost music artists like Ricky Nelson and Big Joe Turner, and actor Rock Hudson to a new disease called AIDS.

In regard to love songs, 1985 was an interesting year to say the least, with love songs by newer 80s artists like Madonna and Whitney Houston, as well as from veteran music artists like Chicago and Kool & The Gang, and as in any year, some awesome love songs.  The songs on this list are presented in the chronological order of their appearance on the Billboard Top 40 charts for 1985.

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“Sea of Love” by The Honeydrippers

The Honeydrippers were a super group assembled by Atlantic Records Ahmet Ertegun that included Robert Plant, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Nile Rodgers and Paul Shaffer.  This tune, “Sea of Love”, was a remake of the 1959 Phil Phillips hit, and entered the charts in late 1984, peaking at #3 in early 1985, one position short of the Phil Phillips version.

“You’re The Inspiration” by Chicago

This love ballad made its appearance in the Top 40 in late 1984, but reached the peak position of #3 in early 1985.  Written by Peter Cetera and David Foster, this tune actually started out as a song for Kenny Rogers, who ended up rejecting it, and the rest is history.

“I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner

Like the previous two tunes, this love song first appeared on the Top 40 charts in mid-December of 1984, and continued to climb in 1985 reaching the #1 spot and becoming certified Gold.  Although the title might seem suspect in so far as being “good love”, the lyrics quickly dispel any suspicions, as the singer pleads with their newly beloved to show them what love is.

“Suddenly” by Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean came from Trinidad and ruled the airwaves in the 1980s with his Caribbean sounding smooth style, and disappeared off the charts as soon as the decade ended.  “Suddenly” is an awesome and islandy-tender love song, and reached #4 on the Billboard Top 40 in mid 1985.

“Heaven” by Bryan Adams

Canadian singer Bryan Adams had his first #1 hit with this mega-hit in 1985, which was undoubtedly the most played song at both proms and weddings that year.  Adams had been the opening act for Journey on their 1983 tour, and claims “Heaven” was heavily inspired by their 1983 hit “Faithfully”.

“Angel” by Madonna

Although perhaps not one of Madonna’s most memorable tunes, “Angel”, produced by Nile Rodgers and co-written by Madonna herself is an upbeat fun love song.  It was the 5th in a string of hits that broke the Billboard Top 10 for the soon-to-be Queen of Pop.

“You Give Good Love” by Whitney Houston

This right here is the first Top 40 hit for what was then a relatively unknown artist, soon to become a household name and one of the consummate R&B Divas of all time. “You Give Good Love” went to #3 on the Top 40 chart (not too shabby for a debut), and is a truly heartfelt love song.

“The Power Of Love” by Huey Lewis and The News

With a little help from Marty McFly and a flux capacitor, this tune shot to the number one spot on the Billboard Pop charts in the United States and Canada in 1985, becoming certified Gold in the U.S. Although not a love ballad, it is unquestionably a song about love, and a powerful one at that!

“Cherish” by Kool and The Gang

While artists like Whitney Houston were making their Top 40 debut, this would be the last Top 10 appearance for Kool and The Gang.  Not to be confused with “Cherish” by The Association or Madonna, this 1985 certified Gold #2 hit was destined for elevators and supermarkets from the day it was released.

“Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston

The second Whitney Houston song on this list is also the second Top 40 hit for Miss Houston, but unlike her debut, this love song cruised to the top spot – number one – on the Billboard Top 40 and earned Whitney her first Grammy Award.

“You Are My Lady” by Freddie Jackson

No relation to the other Jacksons, this was the biggest hit for Freddie Jackson.  It reached #1 on the R&B charts and #12 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1985.  This slow ballad is a beautiful dedication from a man to a woman, and an awesome love song.

“Say You, Say Me” by Lionel Richie

Certainly one of Lionel Richie’s more cryptic love songs, but from the perspective of the title and chorus, “Say you, say me” means “Us’, and as the lyric goes on, “that’s the way it should be”.  This was just one of a continuing string of great love songs from Mr. Richie, going to the #1 spot and becoming certified Gold in 1985.


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So there you have it; twelve great love songs from 1985 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 @ January 20, 2016

The Manor House Wedding of Christine and Chris

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July is always a busy month full of amazing events for me at Cutting Edge Entertainment. One of those events was the wedding reception of Christine and Chris, a couple I had a great 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 enjoy 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 rocking time at a four or five hour reception. I am confident that is why Christine and Chris chose Cutting Edge Entertainment as their Wedding DJ.

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Christine and Chris just happen to be one of the best kinds of brides and grooms… the party animals. They 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 “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey, everyone had no problem singing along. I played music that spanned all different genres and eras at this party. The guests partied to everything from “I Want You Back” by The Jackson Five to “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. As you can see by the images here in the blog post, this was an awesome crowd.\

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This wedding was held at the Manor House at Commonwealth in Montgomery County, and I had the chance to work with Suzanne, Fallyn, and the rest of the incredible staff at this venue. It is important that there be plenty of communication between the kitchen and the DJ, to ensure that the event runs smoothly, and the folks at Commonwealth excel at this. At this wedding, I knew that once guests were seated, they would be immediately served their meals. The best run weddings are the ones where there is no stop in the action, everybody is either watching (or participating in) a formality (such as the first dance, parent dances, cake cutting, etc.), eating, or on the dance floor doing their thing. I also had the opportunity to work with Nicole from Nicole Leigh Photography. She did a wonderful job capturing images from this fun-filled reception for us to feature here on our blog.

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Thank you again Christine and Chris, and the best of luck to you in your lives as husband and wife.

-DJ Richie


Images courtesy of Nicole Leigh Photography


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Cutting Edge @ January 11, 2016

The Cairnwood Wedding of Gina and Patrick

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On Friday evening, December 4th of 2015 I had the opportunity once again to MC a wedding at one of my absolute favorite venues, the Cairnwood Mansion in Bryn Athyn, Montgomery County. We have been a part of many wedding celebrations at Cairnwood, and although I have written many other blog posts about wedding receptions at which I have performed as the Wedding DJ there, this wedding ranks among one of my all-time favorites, and for very good reason.

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Gina and Patrick – the bride and groom – were out on the dance floor dancing and celebrating nearly the entire night. With the bride and groom on the dance floor and participating in the celebration, it makes my job as a Wedding DJ that much easier. Their energy and joy were contagious, and before I knew it, all of the guests were out there dancing and having a blast! Wedding guests always follow the lead of the bride and groom, and when the bride and groom are at the center of the action, the guests, friends and family members are sure to follow.

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My assistant and I had a great time at this reception, however it would not have been as great if not for Bernadette, along with the rest of the terrific staff at Jimmy Duffy Catering. The food was amazing, and put everybody in a great mood. Working together with the caterer and coordinating the time line flawlessly helps to achieve a smooth flow for the reception and make certain all formalities happen how and when the bride and groom choose. The photographer for the night was the very talented Nicole Leigh. Over the past few years I have gotten to know Nicole – an awesome photographer – and someone I consider a good friend.

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Shortly after the wedding the bride was nice enough to post the following testimonial on WeddingWire:

I loved Richie with Cutting Edge Entertainment! He was absolutely amazing. I had to do everything from out of town and Richie was beyond accommodating. He kept people on the dance floor, made the day move smoothly and was an absolute pleasure to work with from start to finish. I would highly recommend Richie and Cutting Edge Entertainment to any couple that wants a high energy and fun reception!

This was truly a great wedding, and one of the highlights of my fall wedding schedule for 2015. I thank Gina and Patrick for choosing myself and Cutting Edge as the DJ entertainment for your reception, and I look forward to keeping in touch with you both. Wishing you all the best that your future as husband and wife has to offer.

-DJ Richie


Images courtesy of Nicole Leigh Photography


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Cutting Edge @ December 21, 2015

The Manor House Wedding of Tracy and Richie

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One of my favorite couples I had the opportunity to work with this summer were Tracy and Richie. I enjoyed working with them because they were so excited for their wedding reception (which makes for a great party), and also because they were very easy to get along with so it was a lot of fun getting to know both of them. This wedding was held at the Manor House at Commonwealth, and I had the chance to work with the very awesome Suzanne, Fallyn, and the rest of the incredible staff at this awesome venue. It is important that there be plenty of communication between the kitchen and the DJ, to ensure that the event runs smoothly, and the folks at Commonwealth excel at this. At this wedding, I knew that once guests were seated, they would be immediately served their meals. The best run weddings are the ones where there is no stop in the action, everybody is either watching (or participating in) a formality (such as the first dance, parent dances, cake cutting, etc.), eating, or on the dance floor doing their thing.

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This was a great crowd to DJ for, as the dance floor was packed from the moment dinner ended. I usually start my first dance set with music geared to older guests, and play some oldies, Motown, Disco, and Funk, then later on in the night I segue into some of the more current hits. The reason I do it this way is because older guests are the ones that tend to leave earlier in the night, and I have found that younger people – for the most part – will dance to music from older generations, while many older guests are hesitant to dance to popular music of today. As the Wedding DJ, it is my job to play music and get guests of all generations out there during the course of the reception. Tracy and Richie were dancing most of the night, and their family and friends were right out there with them. It was truly a celebration.

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The photographer for this event was Michael and Krista from Michael’s Photography. They had their work cut out for them, as the dance floor was filled with guests dancing and partying. I had a great time at this wedding, because I was able to play a lot of different music from different genres, eras, and artists. Everything was played from The Beatles to Bruno Mars. I love my job and it is especially fun for me when the bride and groom along with their guests are open to many different types of music, and don’t hesitate to just have fun.

Thank you again Tracy and Richie, and the best of luck to you in your lives as husband and wife.

-DJ Richie


Images courtesy of Michael’s Photography


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Cutting Edge @ December 14, 2015

The Aldie Mansion Wedding of Alyssa and Justin

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Although the New Year is almost here, I wanted to post a blog about a July 4th Wedding I had the opportunity to DJ at the Aldie Mansion in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Alyssa and Justin – the bride and groom – first contacted us after checking out our reviews online. Although looking at online reviews can be very helpful, we still recommend to all of our clients that they meet us in person before they make a final decision. Cutting Edge Entertainment’s wedding clients have the option of locking in their personnel for no additional fee. It makes sense to us, that if you meet a DJ or see an individual perform at another event, you can lock in that specific Wedding DJ for no additional charge. There is no guessing who you will be matched up with for your wedding, instead, the name of that DJ is on the contract.

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 I feel right at home at the Aldie Mansion having worked there many times in the past, some of which can be seen in previous blog posts.  Yet being intimately familiar with a venue is a huge plus, it isn’t nearly as critical to the success of a reception as communication. It’s important that the DJ is constantly communicating with the catering staff, as well as other event professionals. The goal; to ensure the party is running smoothly avoiding any unnecessary breaks (down time) in the reception. As the DJ entertainer for the wedding, I want to make certain that the crowd is either eating, taking in a traditional formality such as the first dance, cake cutting, etc., or of course, dancing (having fun). Since I have worked so many times before at Aldie Mansion, I know the party is going to have a nice flow.  Alyssa and Justin’s wedding was just that. We transitioned smoothly from cocktail hour to dinner, and then after dinner we went right into dancing. The dance floor was filled with guests the entire night, while I played a variety of music from the 60s all the way up to today’s latest hits.

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I’m extremely appreciative of Alyssa and Justin for giving me the honor of being a part of their special day, and helping to ensure that all their guests – both young and old – had a great time. I also worked alongside Nicole of Nicole Leigh Photography. She took some great pictures from the party. As always she rocked, and I can’t wait to work with her again.  I can’t end this post without also thanking the staff at Aldie Mansion. Kim and Shelly of Jeffrey Miller Catering do a fantastic job running the show. All of their maitre d’s, bartenders, and servers are first class, and I look forward to many more events at this historic and elegant venue.

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Most importantly, thank you to Alyssa and Justin.  It was a pleasure to work with you and I wish you both the very best of everything as you begin your lives as husband and wife.

-DJ Richie


Images Courtesy of Nicole Leigh Photography


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Cutting Edge @ November 16, 2015

Cutting Edge Amps Up With Toner Sound Acquisition

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It is with great pleasure we announce that as of November 1, 2015, Cutting Edge Entertainment has acquired the Toner Sound Entertainment Group.

In 1990 – at the age of 15 – Brian Toner began Toner Sound working out of his mom’s garage, much like I did with Cutting Edge Entertainment two years later.  Brian and I became acquainted a few years later, and the relationship has been mutually equitable and beneficial ever since.  In and around the year 2000, Brian launched the sister company to Toner Sound, Eventions Productions, which – over the last fifteen years – would grow into one of the largest and most successful lighting, audio and production companies in the Philadelphia region.  In 2015, when Brian made the decision to focus 100% on the production and lighting side of things and to sell off his DJ Company, I was excited for the opportunity to merge such a fantastic company with my own.

We will be retaining most of the core players – Disc Jockeys and talent – that made up the Toner Sound team for the last decade. With the acquisition, we will also be adding some additional services to our roster that Toner Sound historically offered including Karaoke, Drive In Movies and some other specialty events geared for the college market.  Moving forward, we intend to provide our new Toner Sound clients and customers with many of the same faces they have come to know and love, along with some fresh new ones.  With so many DJs, it’ll be hard to skip a beat!

Again, both Brian and I, along with the staff of Cutting Edge Entertainment and the new additions to our team from Toner Sound are all very excited at what the future will hold.

Craig Sumsky
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Cutting Edge @ November 4, 2015

8 Great Love Songs from 1984

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It was a leap year in which the predictions of George Orwell’s critically acclaimed novel did not come to pass. The Macintosh computer first appeared on shelves in stores across America, while the Soviet Union did not appear, boycotting the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. In Great Britain, the music initiative known as Band Aid recorded the single “Do They Know It’s Christmas” to raise money and awareness for overwhelming famine in Ethiopia, which killed over one million people by the end of 1984.

In 1984 we lost comedian Andy Kaufman, novelist Truman Capote, and music greats Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, Count Basie and Big Mama Thornton.  In that same year Marl Zuckerberg, Prince Harry, Katie Perry, Calvin Harris, Scarlett Johanson and LeBron James were born.

As far as love songs went, 1984 came up short on slow ballads but remarkably long on more upbeat love songs with the feel-good love theme.  For those of you who were there, some of these tunes might be cringe-worthy, but for anyone born in 1984 or early 1985, these songs may be responsible for your very existence.

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“I Want A New Drug” by Huey Lewis and The News

The first song on this love song list became certified gold, entering the Top 40 in January of 1984.  Huey Lewis – a fixture of the 1980s – received heavy airplay with this tune on both radio and MTV.  “I Want A New Drug” cleverly compares love to the intoxicating nature of love, without the bad side effects.  The lyrics are clever, witty and fun, and all about getting high on love.

“Got A Hold On Me” by Christine McVie

This was the first Top 40 hit for Fleetwood Mac songstress Christine McVie.  “Got A Hold On Me” was written by McVie, but was not her first great upbeat love song, as she charted with another “You Make Loving Fun” – also penned by McVie – in late 1977 while still with Fleetwood Mac.

“Head Over Heels” by The Go Go’s

Enter the all-girl 80s group the Go Go’s into our love song list with this upbeat rocker.  Like the Huey Lewis’s “I Want A New Drug”, “Head Over Heels” is not a ballad, but a song about love itself, and the feeling love gives (hence the cliché title).  This tune was the fourth Top 40 chart hit for the Go Go’s, reaching the number eleven spot in mid 1984.

“Almost Paradise” by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson

This love song had all the makings of a #1 hit in 1984. It was from the soundtrack of a mega- hit movie (Footloose), a power duet by two mega-rockers, and one degree of Kevin Bacon.  Yet “Almost Paradise” fell short of the top spot, climbing to a peak position of #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.  At the same time, as a love song, a ballad, and a duet it makes for the perfect wedding first dance, and is a nostalgic classic.

“Stuck On You” by Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie crafted love song after love song in the early to mid 1980s, and “Stuck On You” is no exception.  This tender ballad broke the Top 10, settling in at #3 on the Top 40 chart and #1 on the Adult Contemporary.  Like so many other Lionel Richie hits, the title says it all.

“Lucky Star” by Madonna

Madonna made her Top 40 debut in late 1983 with “Holiday”, making “Lucky Star” her third Top 40 chart appearance and highest chart position to that point peaking at #3.  Her next hit, “Like A Virgin”, became her first #1 later in 1984, but I digress… “Lucky Star” was a completely unexpected addition to this list, but after vetting the lyrics again and again, it made the love song cut.  Although Madonna was considered somewhat risque for her time, the nursery rhyme lyric “star light, star bright, first star I see tonight adds innocent charm to this pop-fused dedication.

“All Through The Night” by Cyndi Lauper

Another great love song from 1984, this semi-slow dance ballad-ish love song is about as quirky as its singer.  Like Madonna, Cyndi Lauper burst on the scene in 1984, and this was her fourth and lowest charting tune that year.  “All Through The Night” is oddly charming and romantic, and reached #5 on the Billboard Top 40.

“No More Lonely Nights” by Paul McCartney

Our list of 1984 love songs concludes with former Beatle Paul McCartney, remaining relevant into yet another decade twenty years after The Beatles landed on U.S. shores. In spite of being from a fairly unremarkable movie soundtrack, “No More Lonely Nights” still reached #6 on the Pop charts, and is a somewhat melancholy tune, but a great love song all the same.

Great Love Songs from 1984.

So there you have it; eight great love songs from 1984 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 @ October 26, 2015

Billie Holiday: The Musician and The Myth

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Upon completing the book Billie Holiday: The Musician and The Myth, I made the grave mistake of gleaming a few of the many already published reviews.  One in particular by Matt Schudel of The Washington Post began with “No figure in American music led a more interesting, troubled and tragic life than Billie Holiday.”, but that just isn’t the case.  So many, like Bix Beiderbecke, Elvis Presley, Michael Hutchence, Michael Jackson and more recently Amy Winehouse come to mind.

The je nais se quoi of Billie Holiday was her music.

In regard to the book itself, music biographies often have a tendency to get bogged down in the drama of the artist’s life seemingly for the sake of drama itself, but Mr. Szwed avoided those pitfalls.  The closest thing to drama was a few rich white people who threatened to sue Billie if their names showed up in her autobiography, likely with just cause.  At any rate, the book is an enjoyable and easy read at just under two hundred pages, and the author makes short work of the mythology part of the story in just under seventy-five pages.

Then it’s on to the last hundred and twenty pages, the Musician. That was the most fun to read, chock full of the art.  How it came to be, who may have been an influence as well as who opened doors or facilitated recording sessions, as well as the iconic musicians she played alongside. Best of all was the eloquent telling of how Billie Holiday played, and how her timing, and her sense of rhythm makes her music so… Billie Holiday.

Music is very personal, and I personally love the sound of Billie’s voice.  To me, her voice is haunting and enchanting, happy and sad, and reading this very precise biography helped me to understand the creative process by which Billie Holiday came to create her unique sound.  You either get Billie, or you don’t, and like the critics of her time, you either love her or hate her. From his writing, I got the distinct impression that John Szwed loved her, maybe even more than I do.

So there you have it from an avid reader of music biography, Jazz enthusiast and student of popular music history who fancies himself an amateur book reviewer; at fewer than two hundred pages, Billie Holiday: The Musician and The Myth is well worth the read, rich with information for such a short book.  Not to say it was a quick read, quite the opposite. In the final stretch, as the author broke down the crafting of each song, I just had to stop and listen to each and every one.

And on the off chance you’re not familiar with Billie Holiday, you don’t know what you’re missing, so feel free to use the last two chapters of this biography to become acquainted with her, and her remarkable output of truly unique music.  In the case of Billie Holiday, it is the music itself that is the rich legacy, not the trials and tribulation of her life.

-Craig



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Cutting Edge @ October 7, 2015

8 Great Love Songs from 1983

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The Force was still with us in 1983 as Return of the Jedi opened in theaters.  We met Ewoks, and we also met Fraggles, Doozers and Gorgs that year. The world ate “McNuggets” for the first time, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video premiered on MTV, and Compact Discs went on sale in the United States for the first time (Japan had them first).

It was the year we lost music people like Karen Carpenter, Dennis Wilson, Muddy Waters, James Jamerson, Earl Hines and Ira Gershwin. Yet was the year we gained Carrie Underwood, T-Pain and… William Hung (“She bangs, she bangs…”).

It’s a short list for 1983, but there are a few gems on the list, many ideal for weddings, anniversaries, or just to say “I love you”.

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“You And I” by Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle

The title “You And I” has been used for dozens of songs, but in 1983 it was a romantic duet between Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle, with all the necessary love ingredients (building dreams together, there will never be another, etc).  This incarnation of “You And I” entered the Top 40 in late 1982, reaching #7 in 1983 and would be the last appearance of both artists on the Billboard Top 40.

 “Baby, Come To Me” by Patti Austin and James Ingram

 Written by Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones, this love song just couldn’t fail.  In addition to Patti and James, if you listen closely, you’ll hear the unmistakable voice of Michael McDonald contributing to the backup vocals.  “Baby, Come To Me” entered the Top 40 in late, late 1982 reaching the #1 spot in 1983.  It would be Patti Austin’s only Top 40 hit.

“You Are” by Lionel Richie

This tune is unquestionably one of the most catchy, upbeat and fun love songs from 1983.  “You Are” was co-written by Lionel Richie and his then wife Brenda, with a yet unknown Richard Marx on backup vocals.  As far as lyrically love-infused love songs go, “You Are” is pure perfection, and rose to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on the R&B and #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts.

 “Mornin’” by Al Jarreau

 At first listen one might think Al Jarreau is just really, really happy in the morning time.  As it turns out, it seems his love has just told him she loves him, and he’s just very happy about it.  It isn’t exactly a conventional love song, but it is happy and it is about love… and the morning apparently.  Jarreau reached the #21 spot on the Billboard Top 40 with this tune.

 “Faithfully” by Journey

 Leave it to Steve Perry and Journey to deliver this epic power ballad.  Although the lyrics seem tragic, about a “music man” and the difficulties of maintaining a relationship while on the road, in the end the song insists “I’m forever yours… Faithfully.”  Need he say more?  It’s easy to envision an arena with lighters lit and swaying to this 1983 hit.  “Faithfully” reached #12 on the Billboard Top 40.

 “My Love” by Lionel Richie

 The title says it all on this, the second Lionel Richie tune on the list for 1983. And if you listen real close, you can hear none other than Kenny Rogers on the harmony backing vocals on this #5 Top 40 hit.  Unlike many of the artist on this list who were beginning to disappear from the charts, Lionel Richie would keep pumping out hits through the rest of the decade.

 “Tonight, I Celebrate My Love” by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack

 This #16 Top 40 duet was written by two very talented hit-makers, Gerry Goffin and Michael Masser.  While it was Peabo Bryson’s first chart appearance, it proved veteran Roberta Flack to be just as relevant as she was in the 1970s.  “Tonight, I Celebrate My Love” is certainly a “making love” love song, but it’s the best kind of romantic, loving, making love song (if that even makes sense).

 “Islands In The Stream” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

 When two Country superstars get together and sing a love song written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb (all three Bee Gees) with a title courtesy of Ernest Hemingway, you score a #1 hit.  This love song was #1 on the US Country, US Hot 100, US Adult Contemporary, Canada Top 40, Canada Country and Australia Top 40 charts.  Wow.

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So there you have it; eight great love songs of 1983 in the order of their appearance on the Top 40 charts of that year.  Each song has been vetted and listened to (again and again) 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 without having to explain that Billie Jean is not your lover.

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 @ October 2, 2015

The Skylands Manor Wedding of Bridgit and Doug

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Bride and Groom

As time marches forward and lazily passes us by, I’ll occasionally stop to think about moments – sometimes even as I’m in the moment itself – and wonder if they were simple coincidence or if they were destined to occur. I think the way that kicked off my wedding adventure with Bridgit and Doug is one that may be a bit of both. A year ago I began teaching at a middle school in Northern New Jersey, roughly ninety minutes from Cutting Edge Entertainment; a few weeks later a Bridgit and Doug, who live only minutes from the school, called our office to inquire about our DJ services. Little did we know, the unlikeliest of connections would lead to a perfect fit between Bride, Groom and Wedding DJ.

Mid-planning,  a venue change was required, moving the wedding from New Hope, PA to The Skylands Manor in Ringwood, NJ.  It was like I was here and they were coming here, and then they were there and… well I digress.  Needless to say, I’m now no stranger to the drive from Philadelphia, or to the Northern New Jersey area in general.  In regard to a venue change we didn’t skip a beat, but instead saved them all (the beats that is) for a group of wedding-goers that were ready to rock.

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The evening kicked off with a throwback dance set and the timeless “At Last” by Etta James as the first dance. Although Brigit described herself as “an old soul”, from a passionate DJ perspective it wasn’t old, it was classic! With a request list that included Michael Jackson, Madonna, The Temptations and Van Morrison it was easy to see why the crowd loved the Bride and Groom’s most excellent selections.  In many ways, Bridgit and Doug are like the dream clients; they gave me specific ideas on the music and feel that they wanted for their wedding reception, yet were conscious to choose tunes that their guests would also enjoy, and that would work well in getting their friends and family up out of their seats.

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Thank you to the staff at Skylands Manor for your hospitality, your staff were true professionals and an absolute pleasure to work with, and to Dana Lane from Dana Lane Photography for allowing us to feature these amazing images here on our blog!

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And lastly, I want to wish Bridgit and Doug all the best that life has to offer, and truly thank you both for being so great to work with.

-DJ Brian


Images courtesy of Dana Lane Photography


The Skylands Manor


Wedding DJ and Lighting
Philadelphia and New Jersey






Cutting Edge @ September 30, 2015

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