When it came to choosing a first-dance song, we had to sort out my terror of being in the spotlight versus Mr. Dragon’s desire to do a swingin’ choreographed dance routine. The solution we settled on was learning a routine, from pros, but something slow. But in order to learn a routine, we kind of had to pick a song first…
Mr. Dragon is a CBC Radio 3 fanatic, so as he listens all day at work, he’s been noticing songs that might be good for a first dance. The first few he found seemed nice but then had horrible bad-relationship twists at the end, so we settled into a groove of him sending me song contenders and me looking up lyrics just in case.
Our goal was to make a short list of ones we liked, then pick our favourite. I let Mr. Dragon do all the initial choosing as he’s way more in tune with good music than I am—my iPhone is outdated by at least six months!
His first suggestion was “Safe and Sound” by Hawksley Workman, which, with its driving theme, seemed lovely for a couple who spends a lot of time together on the road.
The wipers clear the windshield of the rain.
My shirt sleeve dries your eyes the very same.
We fit together like the ignition and the key.
You’re safe and sound with me.
You’re safe and sound with me,
Just like you always will, just like you always will be.
Then there was “I’m So Glad” by Royal Wood.
We may feel like folding
But as long as love is holding
The hands of me and you
The waves can be raging
For together we’ll be aging
And as long as I’m with you
At the end of a long, long day
There is not much more to say then love
I’m so glad I met you
While the lyrics of “I’m So Glad” are really lovely, it was the road-trip theme and the more upbeat melody of “Safe and Sound” that led us to choose that one as our song. We really do drive a lot!
Now all I have to do is call a dance studio and ask if we can come in for a lesson or two.
Did you already have “your song” decided, or did you have to search for one?