Happy Together was just released on our site, on two albums:
You have to take a listen to this one!
Arranging and producing Happy Together was probably the most fun I’ve had making the wedding music for our site. From the first notes of the arrangements I had the feeling it was going to be a special song – in large part because it already was an incredible classic love song, and secondly because I landed on a great arrangement that really captures the excitement and celebration of a wedding recessional or reception song. Sure, it would make an awesome upbeat bridal processional, but most brides will prefer their bridal entrance music to be a bit more solemn, or romantic in a gentle way. Part of what makes our arrangement work so wonderfully as a wedding recessional is that it begins right on the chorus – the original Turtles cut, of course, had an introduction, and then the minor key verse “Imagine me and you, I do…” etc before getting to the payoff. Ours starts directly on the triumphant anthem that is the chorus – “I can’t see me lovin’ nobody but you for all my life.”
First released by the Turtles in 1967, it’s interesting to note that a demo for Happy Together had been played for quite a number of artists who had turned it down, so much so that the “lacquer” that comprised the demo was getting worn out by the time The Turtles heard this now classic love song.
Since their chart topping success with the song (they knocked the Beatle’s “Penny Lane” out of the #1 slot on Billboard for three weeks), this instant classic has been covered dozens of times (Captain and Tenille [don't bother with this lame attempt], Frank Zappa [a surprisingly pleasant rendition], The Nylons, Petula Clark, Donny Osmond, The Flobots – whose cover is undoubtedly the most creative, with a few hundred words added to the lyrics, and a host of others). In addition, Happy Together has had frequent appearances on film and in commercials. One of the more recent public performances was by the top 5 artists on American Idol in May 2011.
When I hear our arrangement, I picture the bride and groom joyfully making their way out of the wedding venue, and the rest of the wedding party following suit with smiles on their faces and lightness in their steps, and I envision the possibility that the guests will not only be smiling, but perhaps swaying and even clapping along…