Avid followers of my writing (Hi, Mum – I’ll ring Thursday, promise) know I’m a cool cutting-edge kinda guy so it was no surprise that recently I was asked to DJ a rather grand birthday bash.
Now ok, it was indeed a 70th birthday but there were nearly two hundred people there of all differing ages and nationalities from 5 to 80, from Swiss to Swedish and virtually every age and country in between.
I borrowed some pretty top-end equipment from a jazzy Canadian friend and went about compiling my playlists. As anybody who has done this knows at least half the fum is working out in your head where each track appears during the long evening (carriages at midnight sharp) and, of course, gauging the mood of your audience as the evening progresses.
Given the age of the star attraction I started off with the somewhat predictable medley of Chubby’s “Let’s Twist” through The Beatles “Twist & Shout”, The Stones “Satisfaction” and so on (Yes, I am afraid I played Hi Ho Silver Lining……)
But given my huge musical knowledge (?) I did not play it all safe, sometimes verging off into a bit of Hip-Hop, there a dash of Funky Latin and by and large they LOVED it ! (Free local wine all night long might just have helped)
Part of my pre-gig research involved Googling “Best Party Dancing Hits” and good old Time Out London came up with a belter of a list, at least a dozen of which found their way into the evening’s entertainment. One of these tracks I initially thought “Really? Lovely stuff but not sure it’s right ” but,hey, I am nothing but a risk taker so around 11.00 on it came.
It was the hit of the night, old and young danced and sang along, even the bored old Frenchies in the corner who had sat all night sipping pastis and muttering darkly found themselves on the floor bopping away.
If only I had looked at this YouTube link beforehand…
Anyone other instances out there of Unexpected Delight?