My Letter To Jack Johnson

Dear Mr. Jack Johnson,

Mr. Buck and I have grown up together listening to your music. It is one of the few music choices that we actually have in common. One of our favorite songs is of course, Better Together. The lyrics are absolutely perfect. You were able to write a beautiful love song while steering clear of being overly mushy. I thank you for that.

Better Together would be perfect for our first dance song. The issue that I am having is that it is much too fast. Either we awkwardly and quickly sway to this song, or we need to have some type of choreographed stint going on. Either way, it is not ideal for us. I have tried searching for different versions that you may have recorded, but this search has proved to be unsuccessful.

I think there is probably others out there who are in the same boat I am in.

My plea to you is to record a slower version of this song. That way more brides and grooms can use this song for their first dance. ;)

What do ya say, JJ? I am going to predict that you would sell many copies of this slower version!

Sincerely,

Miss Doe

{Video via You Tube}

Okay seriously, Better Together is a perfect song to use in a wedding. I know many people use it in various areas such as the processional and cake cutting. But gosh darn it, I want it for the first dance. It is so fast though and I am not sure my short little legs can keep up with it.

Does anyone know of a different version of this song? Did you decide to use it anyway and just groove  along with the quick beat?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Doe

Location:
Northern California
Wedding Date:
May 2012
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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:58 pm

    Ha, I think you should totally send this to JJ, it might work :) But, like PaC said, I think it is danceable, you just might need to practice a little.

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    peaches13 2130 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:19 pm

    We used this as our last dance! I thought it worked just fine…but I’m a dance teacher. :-P

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    Beth, Guest @ 6:05 pm

    SAME BOAT. We want the same song…Think we are going to use the hawaiian version too since that is where we will be honeymooning

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    Mrs. Fox 1634 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:53 pm

    I think you guys could totally make it work – do a little awkward sway, then get a little groovy! It’s such a perfect song, and it could (should!) be your first dance song. Love it.

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    brushfire, Guest @ 8:01 am

    Try the Hawaiian Slack Key Kings version he did http://www.amazon.com/Better-Together/dp/B0019IKCZA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321718400&sr=8-1

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    Mrs. Quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:26 am

    This was our first dance song & it is not too fast at all…

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    MrsElopement 3033 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:34 am

    I was having the same dilemma with Jack Johnson!! I wanted Angel to be out first dance song but it’s about 2 minutes long!! So I opted to have it be the song I walk down the aisle to. C’mon Jack!

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    Kate, Guest @ 12:08 pm

    http://www.essential-music-practice.com/support-files/slow-down-music-using-quicktime.pdf

    This file tells you how to slow down a song in quicktime–> basically you change the speed to anything less than 1.0x.

    Hope this helps!

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    Mrs. Doe 639 posts, Busy bee @ 4:16 pm

    Thanks everyone for all of the wonderful suggestions. As a few have pointed out, there is a Hawaiian version which is BEAUTIFUL. Still a little fast though ;-) But I think we will just speed up the pace a bit and use the original. It’s too perfect of a song not to use just because it’s a wee bit up tempo :-) MAYBE when it is all said and done I will post a video so you can all see how it went down. Maybe ;)

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    Mrs. Doe 639 posts, Busy bee @ 4:18 pm

    @Kate: That is really neat, thank you! It also makes me wonder if my DJ with all his fancy equipment is able to do that as well? I’ll have to check on that one…

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    Mrs. Sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:43 pm

    We plan to use this as our first dance song as well. Yeah it’s a little fast but we are making it work! We can’t find anything else that speaks to us better.

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    kayakgirl73 2593 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:22 am

    We used it anyway and just tried our best. I wanted to do dance lessons but we never worked it in. People said we did a good job and thought that we had practiced a lot when we hadn’t.

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