Music Review – 50 Shades of Music

Hello, Scott here again. Today I’m reviewing Now That’s What I Call Music 50. Yes….they are up to number 50 since the “Now” series was started. For those not familiar, the Now series is a collection of hot top 40 songs that are popular and receive a lot of airplay nationwide and through download services. This time out the hit song Happy from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack has the top spot. If you haven’t heard this yet….Where have you been? You can’t seem to turn around without hearing it on awards shows, late night comedy or other spoofs. It’s a catchy little tune that is easy to dance to and will be around for a while unless it gets played to death.

Other songs include Talk Dirty and Turn Down for What with a rap/hip hop vibe. Remember the 80’s Valley Girl? (Gag me with a spoon fer sure) #SELFIE (pronounced hashtagselfie for twitter speak) is a complete throwback to the 80’s Valley Girls.

All of Me by John Legend will be a good love song for Weddings and Proms.

A little more progressive but still catchy is a song called Best Day of My Life by American Authors.

For those in the Country crowd…(not on Now 50)

George Strait has a new song called I Got A Car that I feel will get quite a few requests. Good slow country love song. It’s off his Love is Everything album. Off this album Diana likes I Thought I Heard My Heart Sing and Sittin On a Fence.

Another fun country song making a bit of a comeback (2006) is Bomshel’s song Bomshel Stomp. Fun line-dance song for those that can’t get enough of fun line dances.

Be sure to keep checking in for more music reviews.

Budgets – Your Reserve

Wow, budgets are the hardest part of planning your wedding. If you’ve never done a big event before you probably have no idea how much things are going to cost. You do probably have an idea of how much you have available to spend.

Take the number available to spend and immediately subtract 15%. This 15% is your reserve. A late spring thaw might cause your $50 bouquet to suddenly cost $60. An explosion at an oil refinery could adversely affect the cost of gas which could negatively affect all your vendors, some of whom may pass the cost on to you. So keep that 15% set aside. If you end up not spending it you now have a small nest egg to start your retirement fund, begin a down payment on a house, plan for a baby or start your three to six month living expenses emergency fund if you don’t already have one.

Now it’s time to start laying out the rest of your budget. Do your research by checking out websites and magazines to find out what people are spending on which services. But keep in mind that costs in one part of the country may be different than another part. And you may want to spend a higher percentage of your budget on photography and less on food than the average or you may want to spend more on the entertainment and less on decor.

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Where do you want to spend your hard earned money?

Remember to think about what is important to you and allocate your money appropriately. Also, think about what you and your guests will remember about your wedding day ten years from now. If your budget is tight ask yourself this question:  Will my guests and I remember that I painstakingly spent hours wrapping up five Jordan almonds in netting and tied them with a pretty bow for favors? Or that I spent $7.00 a piece to rent pretty bows that go on the backside of my chairs during dinner? Money is money and time is money too when it comes to putting your wedding together. Which products or services do you want to spend your wedding money on?

Music Review – Tell the World to Keep Them Kisses Coming

Scott here. New music is constantly coming out and we can’t all possibly hear it all. Some of what I am reviewing has actually been out for awhile but not big on the charts yet. I want to share with you some of the tunes I have reviewed and what I think of them.

The first song I want to talk about is called Bitchcraft by Drake Bell. Despite the title it is a catchy tune that feels like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album had a love child. Very danceable.

Jerk Ribs by Kelis is an upbeat but laid back dance song that just makes you want to move. It also has a nice little horn thrown in. This is not anything like her Milkshake from a few years back. I believe she may be maturing as an artist.

Eric Hutchinson has a song out called Tell The World. It has a Bruno Mars type beat with makes you want to clap your hands and stomp your feet. A great little crowd participation song that will have many of your guests want to join right in.

Martina McBride’s In the Basement is a fun bluesy/country number that will be a joy to dance. It features Kelly Clarkson on harmony vocals. This is a cover of the song which was done by Etta James. Here is a fun little video of Etta’s version.

A rising popular country love song that is easy to dance to is from Craig Campbell and is called Keep Them Kisses Coming. While it was released in December it is currently number 13 on the country charts. Craig has quite a few good country dance tunes as well as love songs available so be sure to check out his other releases. Fish is a really fun little tune that makes you want to smile.

I Don’t Dance by Lee Brice is currently being touted as the number one requested first dance song for country weddings. Diana says it bores her to tears. But then, she always did like songs that make her want to get up and dance. 🙂