The release of our Wedding Music Samples FREE download along with a revised Wedding Hymns sporting a new cover will highlight our official site launch, just around the corner. The Samples album has been through a number of iterations as we make final decisions about how the songs will be presented.
Samples were originally slated for about 20 seconds each, but we found that many of the samples get the job done in as little as 12 seconds. I prefer to err on the short side for those who like me who have zero patience…If you’re looking to do a quick listen-through of 70 songs, it will be a bonus if each one is as short as practical – just long enough to give you a pretty good idea if it’s one you might use.
Still under consideration: should we include all the processional samples at the beginning, ceremony samples later, then recessionals, and yet another section for prelude, postlude and incidental wedding music? This would be a nice logical layout at first blush, but there are a couple issues with this plan. First, many of the standard classical wedding pieces are a lovely addition to almost any portion of your wedding: Pachelbel’s Canon in D, for example, is a beautiful prelude, processional, or postlude number. The same is true for the two selections from Handel’s Water Music that we offer. So under which section of samples would they be included? If you were to pop on the samples CD and listen to just the processionals, you might miss a processional you would love to use, simply because it was in a different category.
Second, some of our most lively celebrative songs, such as “Happy Together” and “All You Need Is Love” would probably be listed as recessional songs, and secondarily as prelude or processional. And we think it would be almost criminal if these numbers were relegated to the second half of the wedding music samples album (logically, processionals would be the first group of songs, as they are the primary focus of the wedding music search).
Blogging about this process is helpful for me since I will be making the final decisions. It’s like I’m being my own shrink. No, it’s more like you are the silent one with the tablet nodding thoughtfully as I do all the talking. Much like Deep Roy playing the Oompa-Loompa-esque psychiatrist in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory…
I resist the temptation to attach a date to the wedding music samples album and site launch, as my previous estimate revealed me to be a false prophet. Instead, let me say it will likely be very soon. Of that I am fairly certain.