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Music On Your Wedding Day

May 25, 2008
The Wedding Day! Precious Moments project is a collection of the most important songs of your life; the songs of your Wedding Day!

Written and performed by international recording artist, E. Walter Smith, Wedding Day! Precious Moments gives you a small taste of the musical magic you dreamed about for your Wedding Day!

Allow yourself to be swept away by love as you imagine yourself lighting the Unity Candle listening to one of the quintessential wedding songs of all time, 'I DO'. The song's lyrics express the true essence of love and commitment by using the traditional wedding vows in its chorus. Although a secular song, 'I DO' is endorsed and approved by The United States Pastors Association for use in spiritual wedding ceremonies. (It's a novelty in this day and time for a secular song to receive such an endorsement)

Co-written with John Beal, III and produced by Grammy Award Winner Phil Davis (Boney James, George Duke, Will Downing, Rachelle Ferrell) and Palmer Williams (Monica, LSG, Keith Sweat, A Good Man Is Hard To Find!,) the music production is symphonic and creates the emotional atmosphere of which memorable melodies are made.

I wrote 'I DO' a couple of years ago as a gift for my brother's wedding. I figured that I couldn't go wrong if I used the actual wedding vows as the chorus. When people hear the song for the first time they sing along with the chorus because they feel like they already know it I think that's why so many people really like the song!, says Smith.

For better or worse
I'll stay the course
For richer or poor
We will endure

In the thick and the thin
I'll be there till the end
On this day I will say,
I do...

In an effort to release a wedding song for everybody, 'I DO' was recorded in two different styles. They are differentiated by the instrumentation used, and the lyrics in the song's bridge.

The Traditional/Mainstream version features internationally acclaimed violinist Ken Ford. Additionally, the song's bridge offers a mass-market appeal:
You'll wear a ring of gold, as we grow old
Our love will survive
The vows we take, the love we'll make
Will stand the test of time, all time

The GEN X/Baby Boomers version features Randall Rivers (Maxwell, Beal Street, Bobby Blue Bland, Johnny Taylor) on electric guitar. The bridge on this version brings back memories of the times that many brides and grooms experienced while growing up as children:

It once was air guitars and Hot Wheel cars
Barbie loves Ken
Batman capes and doll house drapes
Is where it all began, and then...oh

I decided to write two versions of the song because all types of people get married every single day. Hopefully, one of the versions of 'I DO' can be a part of their special day!, says Smith.

'First Dance' is the perfect song for you and your new spouse to dance your First Dance!

It celebrates the victory of overcoming all of the self doubt, trials and tribulations that finding a true love can create with the ultimate embrace of the first dance.

When I got the call that my sister was getting married I knew that it was going to be a very special wedding. She is the only girl in our family and was living in Japan when she met her husband online! As the older brother I couldn't wait to meet my soon-to-be brother-in-law, only to find out that he is a great guy! In fact, it was our conversation that actually served as the inspiration for the song, says Smith.
You'll be simply captivated by the sounds of the lush strings as they create a musical bed for the chorus:

Put your hand in mine
Our love is for all time
Let's spend our life together
Follow me to forever
And we'll dance under moonlit skies
Put your hand in mine
True love is yours and mine
Never thought I had the chance
To ever know romance
But, now I ask you for our first dance

Co-written with the amazing Glen Perdew, your First Dance as man and wife will be one of the most memorable events of your Wedding Day! As you hold one another, looking into each other's eyes, the sensual sax solo performed by the one and only Darien Emory (Sonny Emory, Kool and The Gang, JT Taylor, George Duke, Everett Harp) will take you to a tropical paradise and will place you gently on your path to forever.

Discover why 'Little Girl', is without question, the next classic Father Daughter dance song of all time.
Your relationship with your father or the man that has been like a father to you is one of the most precious relationships you'll ever have. In fact, in many ways it is that relationship that prepared you for your wedding day. 'Little Girl' is the first duet in recent times that captures the love and cherished memories shared between a father and his daughter. From 'riding on her father's shoulders' to 'touch the moon tonight', to 'holding her in his arms because the thunder makes her cry','Little Girl' serves to prove to the world that this kind of enchanting, unconditional love still exists.

Oh, dance with me Daddy
There's magic in the air
See my new dress Daddy
I put perfume in my hair
Little princess you're so beautiful
Oh, the joy I feel inside
This is my proudest moment
I see the sparkle in your eyes, your eyes

The relationship between my Dad and my sister is classic; she can do no wrong and he is putty in her hands. He tries to deny it but, the night she got married Dad said that he prayed to lived to dance with her on her wedding day. Well, after we dried our eyes I wrote this song as a tribute to them and a dream that I hope might come true for me one day, says Smith.

After co-writing and producing 'Little Girl' with Glen Perdew, Smith invited Hal Jackson's Talented Teen winner, Tatiana McConnico, to sing this beautiful song with him. This 16 year old 'little diva' has appeared on CBS Star Search, It's Showtime at the Apollo, the Jenny Jones Show and has shared the stage with Charles S. Dutton, Angie Stone, Alicia Keyes, Frankie Beverly & Maze and played the role of Dorothy in Kenny Leon's adaptation of The Wiz.

Your Wedding Day is the most important day of your life. Celebrate it with the music that will make it the most memorable; enjoy this sneak preview and have a memorable Wedding Day!
About the Author
Every bride and groom needs music to set the tone of their wedding day. Wedding Day! Precious Moments provides music for the most important parts of their wedding ceremony. As they choose music for the lighting of the Unity Candle, the Entrance of the Bride, the Father Daughter Dance or their First Dance, this project is an excellent solution. For more information visit www.yourweddingdaymusic.com
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