Posted on August 24, 2010
I have just had a fabulous weekend with two very different types of birthdays. On Friday night I was over at Norcross Social Club helping Andy Smith celebrate his 30th Birthday. The night started off quietly so people can talk and say there hellos, plenty of Andy’s friends were there. After the excellent buffet provided by Andy’s mum, Andy said his thank yous……twice….after which we dropped the lights, cranked up the volume and got the party going. I was instructed by Andy NOT to play I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas or Loveshack by The B52s. The girls took over the dance floor asking for hits such as 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton and Young Hearts Run Free by Candi Staton. My very last song of the evening after being pestered all night for them was a special I Gotta A Feeling / Loveshack mix for Andy! It was a great night and I wish Andy all the best for the future.
Saturday 21st August saw me at The Ashley Conservative Club in Thornton to help Bob Peel celebrate his 70th birthday with his family and friends. This was a lot more laid back, quieter affair but still a lovely night for all concerned. When I am working on a party such as a 70th my lights are not used as much,the volume control is a lot quieter than usual as people like to hold conversation and I usually play quite a few more slower songs than I usually do. Throughout the night I played the odd waltz/foxtrot and slower songs such as Have I Told You Lately That I Love You by Rod Stewart and Something About The Way You Look Tonight by Elton John. Plenty of Northern Soul was also played such as The Snake by Al Wilson and Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy by The Tams. Towards the end when I was left with Bobs younger members of the family we cranked the volume up and I put together a Sash Mix and a few more dance tunes. Its always nice to do an older party where you have to really think what types of music to play, hardly playing any songs recorded over the past ten years. It was a great night and I would like to wish Bob and his new partner a happy life together.
The next wedding I will be working on will be Karen and Franks wedding over in Sydney, Australia so until my next blog from there keep smiling. If you would like to follow my trip to Singapore, Australia and New Zealand please follow me on Twitter to keep up to date with the adventure of a lifetime.