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John Denver Wedding Music

I feel conflicted writing a post about John Denver songs you might consider for your wedding: He is just so totally over the top sometimes. We were forced to learn “Wedding Song – There is Love” for a ceremony one summer… and I’m sorry, it’s just too much, and too many Jesus references. Our generation cannot deal with that kind of earnestness.

That said, my friend Annie got married that summer and wanted the song “Annie’s Song” for her first dance with her new husband Derek. The first time I listened to it again to learn it, I definitely shed a few tears! So there, in the song also known as “You Fill Up My Senses,” he nails it.

(I also have one more confession to make, and that is my mom was his neighbor in Aspen in the 70s and used to listen to his songs in the backyard of their apartment building. She told him she thought he should be famous!)

Annie’s Song

This is such a timeless and utterly gorgeous song, especially for a wedding where nature is center stage. I love his delivery of this song. The lyrics are so emotional, monumental even, and his voice still sounds kind of casual, as if this was something he would say to his wife everyday.

You fill up me senses like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses come fill me again.

Come let me love you, let me give my life to you
Let me drown in your laughter, let me die in your arms
Let me lay down beside you, let me always be with you
Come let me love you, come love me again.

Country Roads

Perhaps one of his best known songs, I think this would make a great recessional song for a country wedding, or for a couple who misses the rural life.

In conclusion, I know this list is short, and there are many other amazing John Denver wedding music to choose from, but these are my favorite and feel the most timeless for modern weddings.

Jack Johnson Wedding Music

Jack Johnson Wedding Songs

I fell in love with Jack Johnson’s music in college at Lewis & Clark in Portland. At the time it seemed like there was just nothing else out there like he was doing. His music sounded like surfing in Hawaii… sitting around a campfire after a long day out on the water.

I fell out of love with his music for a time as I often do when artists go on to be hugely popular and I can no longer pretend they are my little secret. But now I’ve come to my senses, and I’m into it again. I’ve been really inspired by his songs lately and even wrote a bunch of my own, borrowing chord progressions and rhythms from some of his albums.

Below are my handpicked top five Jack Johnson wedding songs for your ceremony or reception.

Constellations

I recorded a cover of Jack Johnson’s “Constellations” with my friend Franchot Tone on the guitar. I’ve spent so much time over the past year exploring different coast lines either kayaking or sailing that this song resonated in a lot of ways. He manages to capture something both beautiful and wholesome and mysterious all in one song. You can see yourself there on the beach watching the kids play in the surf, or later in the song sitting under a tree and waiting out the rain. It’s so specific to time and place and yet universal. Nice work.

Angel

What a perfect song for the first dance of the bride and groom. This album was first released on his album “Sleep Through the Static” in 2008 and recorded at the Solar Powered Plastic Plant in LA (making it his first album not recorded in Hawaii.) Jack Johnson’s performance of “Angel” is perfecto, but something about this version of Angel by Jess Delgado seems to do the song a new kind of justice.

Better Together

I can only come to the conclusion as evidenced by this song and many others that the man is definitely in love with his wife. Again the word wholesome comes to mind. I’d recommend this as a casual recessional for a small ceremony or a first dance.

Key lyrics:

Our dreams, (and) they are made out of real things
Like a, shoebox of photographs
With sepia-toned loving
Love is the answer…

I Got You

This is a cool video of Jack having fun in Hawaii. I image this song sung by a guitar strumming groom.

Banana Pancakes

He manages to take something so mundane and make it all cozy. How does he do that? Even the very first line transports me somewhere I want to go. I recorded my own cover of this song and had a great old time playing it last year when we were down in Baja on a sailing trip and that’s what we had for breakfast. There were some particularly harrowing moments on that journey where I definitely wished I was inside making pancakes… with Jack Johnson 🙂

Can’t you see that it’s been raining?
Ain’t no need to go outside…

Hopefully that gives you some ideas if you’re looking for a little Jack Johnson wedding music for your big day. The Ashlings love to learn new songs, so pick your favorite and we’ll add it to our repertoire if you’d like us to play at your reception or ceremony.