The Sonia Show

Writer. Podcaster. Beer drinker. Old movie watcher. Mother. Goober.

I’m requesting ‘Safety Dance’


Yeah, so, instead of spending big bucks on a wedding DJ, David and I are opting for an iTunes wedding.

I’ve been working on the wedding playlist off and on for a few weeks. The music for the precession, the pre-wedding music, the dinner music … all that was easy. It was the reception playlist that I really focused my attention on. My friends and family are dancing fools, and I don’t want to disappoint. I’m not the only one sweatin’ the wedding playlist. Our buddies Jeff and Tara are getting married this August, and they have already started work on their list. They wrote about their plight here. It was after reading their post that I decided to write a quick post of my own.

Making a great wedding playlist is a difficult dance — a song that will get my mom to shake her money maker is not necessarily the same song that will get my friends to rock their bodies. So, in order to make sure I play the songs people want to hear, David and I are taking requests.

We got a lot of requests for “Baby’s Got Back” and “Humpty Dance.” These are family favorites. Also, strangely, we got multiple requests for “Poison” by Bell Biv Devoe. Now you know. Yo, Slick, blow. It’s drivin’ me out of my mind. That’s why it’s hard for me to find. Can’t get it out of my head. …

Everything was fine until we started getting requests for songs we don’t like.

My sister requested “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith. Admittedly, Michelle and her husband don’t really like the song, but because they hate it is the reason it’s their song. It’s hard to explain. You have to read Tony’s column to get it.

We got several requests for “I Got a Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. I got a feeling I’m going to leave the dance floor and go get a drink when that song comes on.

My coworker Paul submitted a list of songs and demanded that they be played, including “Hungry Eyes” from “Dirty Dancing,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “We Built This City.” Clearly, Paul hates my guts and wants to ruin my wedding.

My favorite random song requests came from the groom himself. When it came to the reception playlist, David really steered clear, leaving it to Mix Master Sonia to figure it out. Eventually, David asked for a few songs, including Flight of the Conchords’ “Business Time” and The Time’s “Jungle Love.” Meanwhile, I requested the Cantina Song from “Star Wars.”


Author: The Sonia Show

I'm a writer/podcaster/mother/goober in San Francisco who likes to drink beer, shop, laugh and make other people laugh, watch old movies, feed my unhealthy obsession with pop culture, kick breast cancer's ass, go on adventures with my mighty, mighty good man David and my awesome autistic son, Calvin, wear orange and root for the San Francisco Giants, participate in general jackass-ery, talk about TV, eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references, and post personal things about myself on the web for all to read, which makes me some sort of literary exhibitionist.

7 thoughts on “I’m requesting ‘Safety Dance’

  1. This list of songs is cute. I’ll take it under advisement.

    Fair warning, though: once I’m at the controls anything goes.

    I hope you like Insane Clown Posse.

  2. POISON is an awesome song, but that’s my 90s talking.

  3. i love the song poison can’t hardly wait to dance ,dance dance……

  4. You can always do the Alice Cooper version of Poison….

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