Saturday, August 28, 2010

Back Again: DJ TommyMac

I ventured out to Peoria tonight to DJ a wedding for a good friend of mine. It had been just over a year since my last DJ appearance, but I was confident that I'd have the place hopping in no time. I brought my daughter along to help out with minor stuff, like lining up the bridal party and handing out request cards.

DJ TommyMac Rockin' The WaterHouse.
On this particular occasion, I made extensive use of the Internet for my music selections, especially during the cocktail hour and for dinner music. While the guests were eating their meals, I played a Youtube playlist that I had created which contains songs from several different crooners. This helped out quite a bit because it allowed me to sit down and eat without having to worry about changing the music. After I finished eating, I played some adult contemporary mixes I made and had stored on my Mp3Tunes account.

Once the ceremonial dances were done, I opened up the dance floor to everyone by starting off with Swing The Mood by JiveBunny and the Mix Masters. It hit the right note and got the room going. When I slowed it down for the first time using big band era swing ballads, there was little response. So, in order to get everyone out on the floor, I grabbed a bridesmaid and we showed them how to properly move it to "The Way You Look Tonight". That got people going.

The rest of the night saw me packing the dance floor as if I hadn't been out of practice at all. At one point, when the dance floor started to resemble a human sea, I leaned down to my daughter and said "Look at that. Your father did that. It's a very powerful thing to be able to inspire a crowd like that".

It was an early night because the venue closed at 10:30pm, which was fine by me. I got a lot of compliments from everyone and more than once heard from people that it was the best reception they had ever attended.

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