At Last

Well, this isn’t the post I was planning for today, but that’s the joy of blogging – I can always zig when I was planning to zag. Today, I’m musing about weddings and music. Kenn and I married in 1986 and we were among the last of our friends and acquaintances to wed. One of the most popular songs for weddings during that period was There is Love, also known as The Wedding Song. Now, don’t get me wrong.There is Love is a beautiful song and you can listen to my favorite version by the Captain and Tennille HERE. The only problem was, we heard this song at so many weddings, it got to the point where we’d get the giggles as soon as it started playing. Since most people don’t appreciate people snickering during their vows, we would attempt to swallow our laughter and hope that people assumed our tears were due to the occasion and not our reaction to the music.

Over the years I’ve also come to associate the song At Last with weddings. (The Etta James version is probably the best known.) However, earlier today I was watching the episode of Bones where the main characters, FBI agent Seeley Booth and forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan married. Cyndi Lauper (yes, that Cyndi Lauper) played a small recurring role as Avalon the psychic. Cyndi/Avalon sang At Last at the wedding and I. Was. Floored. She absolutely knocked it out of the park.😮 A little research showed that Cyndi also recorded the song; if you haven’t listened to her version, I hope you do. It’s wonderful.

However, thanks to The Big Bang Theory (the tv show, not BigBang the K-pop group) Kenn and I now get the giggles whenever any version of At Last plays. Barry Kripke, a recurring character on The Big Bang Theory, suffers a speech impediment which causes him to have problems pronouncing the letter L. When characters Sheldon and Amy Farrah Fowler (finally!) get married, Kripke performs At Last at the end of the wedding. Kripke’s version will now and forever be my favorite version of this song.

The song is near the end of this video

What songs do you associate with weddings?

4 thoughts on “At Last

  1. I always think of the traditional–Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” or Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus,” for the actual ceremony. The songs for the couple’s first dance are pretty varied. There was one year where my spouse and I went to eight weddings and I don’t think a single one had the same song. Though possibly my memory is just terrible.

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  2. We were married in a church that only allowed sacred or classical music, so our recessional was Ode to Joy. Thank you Bach. I remember that episode of TBBT and laughed at Kripke. I’ll think of you now whenever I see it.

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  3. Well I have never been married and it has been a few decades since I went to a wedding. A friend got married in a tiny chapel on the grounds of Greenfield Village. They arrived in a horse-drawn carriage and they had a guitarist play Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle” which I think is the prettiest song I’ve heard at a wedding.


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