Part II: Getting traditional
A long lecture could be delivered to explain why you'll almost never hear the traditional "Here Comes the Bride" wedding march at a Jewish wedding. It would cover the intellectual history of nineteenth and twentieth century Germany, the Nazi propaganda machine, and probably a gossipy little side story on professional jealousy in the arts. The short version is that Jews of my grandparents' generation associate Wagner, who wrote the bridal march as part of Lohengrin, with Hitler and the Holocaust, and so most Jewish people won't play it at their weddings. Now you know!
But that's not why I won't be walking down the aisle to "Here Comes the Bride." Just from an aesthetic perspective, I really don't care much for the musicit's not my taste and it doesn't "speak" to me in any way. But I found something that definitely does!
Bride's processional: All I Want Is You
incredibly strange video...
I think the Vitamin String Quartet can be pretty hit or miss with their pop covers. I like to think of this one as pretty much a hit, and I can't wait to hear this when I walk down the aisle.
What will you walk down the aisle to? How did you decide?