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[ Thursday, April 07, 2005 ]

Music for the hopefully-not-jilted-at-the-altar generation
Starbuck [23:20] Comments: 5 []
The last few hours have been spent compiling the list of music for our wedding DJ to ignore. Its a tricky thing to judge - you know what you want to hear, you know what you want to dance to, but that won't do much for your eighty-something Nan, or for your more musically-challenged friends for that matter.

So in the end you end up going for what really moves people at weddings. Joyous stuff. Stuff like Boney M "Daddy Cool". Stuff like the "Hokey Cokey". Music that must be near-perfect, because everyone loves it, even if they don't admit to it. I came up with a few goodies for my inevitable funeral as well.

I'll treat this computer session as practice in readiness for the main event this weekend - THE WRITING OF THE SPEECH! Yes, the Missus is having her Hen Night/Weekend this weekend, giving me the perfect chance to put together the most fantastic wedding speech a groom has ever given! (It'll have to be good - after the humiliation I heaped out to DJ Tim when I Best Manned for him I'm worried about getting forcefed my own medicine)

So to help with this endeavour, if my reader can propose any suitably witty paragraphs I would be most grateful. No matter if it doesn't directly relate to me - hopefully the guests'll be too drunk to notice by then...

I was thinking about asking friends and strangers for "awkward phrases" to crow-bar into the speech as an additional challenge. I'd tried this before with essays at University - I remember the pain of inserting "distant doomer" in a natural, colloquial manner. Usher Thain did the same - he'd managed to label a circuit diagram with the legend "perilous bard", only to get it circled in red by the tutor with the query "what is this?"

So if you think you're hard enough, give me some material to get to grips with.

Me, I'll probably instead be playing Stick Soldiers 2 (click HERE for the free download) - very much a first person shooter deathmatch-style deathmatch game, but side-on, and done on whitespace with vector stick figures - quite brilliant. And it shows just how crucial audio really is to the FPS genre - with the right sounds, and enough visual gibbs and frags, you realise that the third dimension is just one of the many hooks that these games sink into you.

If only there was a wedding speech simulator I could get addicted to...

5 Comment(s):

Comment by Blogger The Saturnyne, at April 09, 2005 1:21 am  :

"Chutney Spanner"!!! It's my new swear word!

"Dancing like otters"!

"beautiful like a tap"!!!

"Orgy of popes (plural)(felching in unison)"

"All right my mashy mates!" (From 'Bodger and Badger'. My fave telly prog! Yes it is. Really. I have videos).

Comment by Blogger 3rd daughter, at April 09, 2005 12:27 pm  :

this might help...
courtesy of kim at bacon & eh's

Comment by Blogger Starbuck, at April 09, 2005 6:28 pm  :

Tee hee hee, thanks for that Susan - like that. It doesn't sound at all like Prince Charles, of course (apart from if you get him to say "errrrr"), but its always great fun getting the computer to say rude words. Not sure if the vocabulary will be best suited to my own wedding speech, however.

And thanks for your suggestions, Saturnyne for "challenge words" to get into the speech. As a fellow Bodger & Badger fan I'm quite tempted to start if off with "All right my mashy mates!" Shame we're not having mashed potato (or dauphinois potatos etc) - it'd fit in perfectly!

Anyhow, Bodger & Badger might be good telly, but its got nothing on the mighty Chucklevision.

Which reminds me, I'll just post up on the main page a picture of my two Ushers for the wedding...

Comment by Blogger The Saturnyne, at April 11, 2005 3:00 am  :

Gawd! The Chuckle Brothers look like either
A: Two rampant closet pansies!
A: Three rampant kiddy fiddlers

Personally, i think they're piss compared to the wisdoms of Mousey!

(She likes Gouda cheese y'know!)


Comment by Blogger Starbuck, at April 11, 2005 12:48 pm  :

There "all man" (men), dontchaknow. Despite accusations to the contrary littered across the net.

Though, gasp, their surnames aren't actually "chuckle", so who knows where the truth lies.

I actually met them once. A couple of thoroughly nice chaps, anyway. They seemed a bit humbled by the attention I was paying them (not like that). Signed me an autograph. Bless.

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