April 30

This is the First Dance, But it Won’t Be the Last

My courtship with Mr. Rooster was nontraditional, to say the least (read up on our bonerversary if you need to catch up). There was never a “first date,” nor can I remember the first song we danced to together. The period we spent getting to know each other was marbled with group dates, happy hour meet ups and conversations in the break room at work. But it all came to a head one night at a Corey Smith concert.

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I remember the day Rooster asked me to go to the concert with him.  It was the first time that I realized we were kinda, sorta, totally, a thing. He stopped me in the hallway at work one June afternoon and asked what I was doing July 17th.

“Uh… nothing. I don’t think.”

“Good. I just bought us tickets to a concert.”

I didn’t know who Corey Smith was at the time, but now I know he’s the man who introduced me to my future husband. Yes, Roo and I met at work. But the night of that concert changed everything. We made our relationship official in my apartment right before we left for the concert, and thanks to the conversation we shared under the stars at the amphitheater that night (where we talked about religion and children and our favorite bands), I’d made up my mind to marry Mr. Rooster before the opening act had cleared the stage.

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One of Corey’s songs has become “our song” over the years. It’s called Something to Lose, and describes getting to know a girl from the guy’s point of view. He knows she’s special, and he just hopes that he’s doing all he can to make it all work out for them. It spoke to us. It spoke to me, like words right out of Roo’s mouth. I even caught him singing along to it and glancing over at me in the car on our first road trip together to St. Louis.

No one’s been ridin’ with me for a long while
So I’m bein’ careful tryin’ to watch my speed
But it’s gettin’ hard to keep my eyes on the highway
Knowin’ you’re over in the passenger seat

With all of that history and the emotion it stirs up in each of us (I got a little teary just searching YouTube for the song to share with you guys), there is no doubt in either of our minds that Something to Lose will be the first song we dance to as husband and wife. And since the de facto theme of our wedding is “Georgia,” it seems all the more appropriate to highlight Corey Smith, a born and bred Georgia boy, in our spotlight dance.

So the blue ribbon for the Hen first dance song goes to Something to Lose, but here are our runners up:

Silver Medal: The First Dance – Corey Smith

Corey Smith also wrote a beautiful song that’s perfect for the first dance at a wedding. It’s called First Dance, and for a little while we thought we might go for this one just because it’s so perfect and such a beautiful song.

This is the first dance
But it won’t be the last
Timeless moments like this
They won’t ever be a thing of the past

Bronze Medal: Everlasting Light – The Black Keys

We both love The Black Keys, and this song, Everlasting Light, in particular. Although it doesn’t top Something to Lose as our choice for a first dance song, I’m sure we’ll play it sometime during the reception and I’m excited to dance to it together.

Let me be your everlasting light
The sun when there is none
I’m a shepherd for you
And I’ll guide you through
Let me be your everlasting light

What is/was your first dance song? Was it an easy choice?

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