Your wedding day is just the beginning. The best is yet to come! That last sentence just happens to be the name of a song written back in 1959 by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh. The song is so good that The Knot lists it as the 39th best first dance song.
You know, 39th is awfully darn good when you consider the thousands of songs from which you have to choose. The title alone makes it worthy of your consideration. When you factor in Ms. Leigh’s punchy lyrics and Mr. Coleman’s swinging tune, you’ve got the prescription for a memorable first dance.
The whole concept of the song is simply beautiful.
Your marriage is the start of a lifetime of shared love and commitment, complete with ups and downs.
The ups are better because you’re sharing them with the person you love most in the world. The downs are more tolerable because you’re not going through them alone.
Regular readers of this blog know that most of the popular classic first dance songs tend to be slow ballads.
“The Best is Yet to Come” swings and allows you more latitude to cut loose on the dance floor.
Here’s where things get fun: who do you want to sing this great song?
Sinatra made the song popular
Although Tony Bennett was the first to sing it, it was Frank Sinatra who really popularized the tune.
In fact, it was the last song Sinatra ever sang in public back in 1995, and as you can see in the photo on the left, it was Sinatra’s epitaph on his tombstone. Here’s Sinatra’s interpretation of the song with a swinging arrangement by Quincy Jones:
Michael Bublé comes through as he always does with a version that rivals Sinatra’s:
You know what, though? You might want to consider the great new version Tony Bennett recorded with jazz chanteuse, Diana Krall. This song works really well as a duet, especially for a first dance. What do you think?
Here’s what is great about using Denon & Doyle for wedding entertainment at your reception: we can play any version of the song you like best.
Unlike a local band with a decent lead singer, we offer the best of the best. Sinatra. Bublé. Bennett. And we back it up with dazzling decor lighting that transforms your venue into an imaginative expression of your good taste.
Get ready: The best IS yet to come!