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Sunday, September 02, 2018

Songs by Neil Young For Weddings: "Rachel Getting Married" | Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

"Rachel Getting Married" (Dir. Jonathan Demme, 2008)
Song "Unknown Legend" by Neil Young (Sung by Tunde Adebimpe)

There are many songs by Neil Young that have been performed at weddings over the decades.

"Unknown Legend", from the 1992 Neil Young album Harvest Moon is a frequent wedding song. Here the song "Unknown Legend" is sung by Tunde Adebimpe in the Jonathan Demme film "Rachel Getting Married" released in 2008. For the wedding scene, actor Adebimpe skips the vows and sings directly to his new wife (played by Anne Hathaway) an a cappella version of Young’s “Unknown Legend”. Also, Tunde Adebimpe is the lead singer of the band "TV on the Radio."

More on the film "Rachel Getting Married" (Director: Jonathan Demme, 2008) and Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - "Rachel Getting Married". (Also, more on Jonathan Demme and Neil Young.)

"Harvest Moon" - Neil Young, MTV Unplugged - 1993

Another perpetually popularly appropriate wedding song by Neil Young is "Harvest Moon" from the 1992 album.

For us here at Thrashers Wheat will always hold a special place. Many may recall in 2008 when a couple in love requested "Harvest Moon" in concert while Neil Young performed in Brisbane, Australia. And by some extremely wonderfully little miracle, Neil Young performed "Harvest Moon" that night and it brought a tear of joy for many around the world.

Or the time A Wish for "Harvest Moon" is Granted for Liza at the 2009 concert in Köln, Germany.

Here are the 3 Harvest Moon stories:
- Steve and Danielle in Brisbane, Australia
- Liza in Germany
- Gavin in Dublin, Ireland
Other favorite Neil Young Love/Wedding songs, in no particular order:

- Love In Mind (TFA)
- Already One (Comes a Time)
- Cinnamon Girl
- I Believe In You
- Like A Hurricane
- Such a Woman
- Look Out for My Love
- Will to Love
- Pardon My Heart
- Motion Pictures
- Razor Love
- She`s a Healer
- Transformer Man
- Change Your Mind

Then -- of course -- there are those perennially Inappropriate Wedding Songs by Neil Young ...

Feel free to drop a comment below on your favorite Neil Young Love/Wedding song -- if you'd like.

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At 9/02/2018 09:31:00 AM, Blogger Syscrusher said...

I’d go with Such A Woman.
But then I am a man.

At 9/02/2018 10:29:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Good suggestion Syscrusher. Definitely some of the suggestions have that male/female split.

And we must admit that wee had a tender moment re-watching the wedding scene in Demme's "Rachel Getting Married". Man, what a loss. Certainly Jonathan would have been there for N & D's big day.

There was no one else who understand better Neil's music and putting it to film than Jonathan.

At 9/02/2018 12:39:00 PM, Blogger Richard B. said...

When I got married,my wife and I used "Harvest moon" as our wedding song. We loved it then and still love that song now.
Thanks Neil!
Rich B.

At 9/02/2018 05:00:00 PM, Blogger NYBD11-12 said...

I like the idea, but most of these songs are about lost or longing for love. Sound more like songs for divorce to me. Neil already cast doubt on using his songs for weddings:

My songs are all so long
And my words are all so sad

At 9/02/2018 05:51:00 PM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

Most of us grew up with Neil's music and I for one can't distance myself from the songs that over the years have meant so much to him. I read he doesn't care what people think, well we all know that Neil 'follows the muse' whatever that means. I'm no critic of his lifestyle that's down to him but his music is inextricably linked to all the songs we all grew up listening to and from his music we formed opinions about the man. We will never know the truth behind the divorce and really we don't need to know. Personally his music will never be the same to me, but I can still listen to the early records 68-79 and love them because the songs are so good. His most recent releases are disposable for me. I'm sure lots TWERS love them but come on Storytone?
I wish Mr & Mrs Young all the very best - we all have opinions and to quote Nash 'It'll Never Be The Same'.

At 9/02/2018 06:16:00 PM, Blogger NYBD11-12 said...

Let me be clear. My mention of "divorce songs" was for a generic couple, and I had no intention to refer to Neil and Pegi. (Or Neil and Susan for that matter). Seemed like a funny idea at the time.

I agree that for most pop/rock/blues/et al we should separate the singer from the song. Some times the songs/lps "meaning" is fairly obvious (eg: TTN). On the other hand, some are songs whose interpretation/representation/inspiration is rather unclear (eg: Ride My Llama). To me, the greatness of his songs are because they always based on authentic (rather than contrived) feelings, which we may or may not understand. He is real as the day is long.

At 9/02/2018 07:07:00 PM, Blogger anon said...

When I Hold You in my Arms

At 9/02/2018 07:11:00 PM, Blogger anon said...

Bringin Down Dinner

At 9/02/2018 07:14:00 PM, Blogger anon said...

Little Wing

At 9/02/2018 07:17:00 PM, Blogger anon said...

When You Dance

At 9/02/2018 07:17:00 PM, Blogger anon said...

Sweet Joni

At 9/02/2018 07:22:00 PM, Blogger Marmooskapaul said...

Welfare Mothers

Stupid Girl

Should fall in there

At 9/02/2018 07:22:00 PM, Blogger anon said...

Over and Over !!!!!!!!!!!

At 9/03/2018 06:33:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

$@(;:/#^ up?

At 9/04/2018 08:04:00 AM, Blogger Seth said...

Out of Control

At 10/20/2019 11:31:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Just a note the song was sung to Rosemarie DeWitt not Anne Hathaway.

At 11/26/2021 09:41:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

The bride in this film is played by Rosemarie DeWitt. Anne Hathaway plays the bride’s sister.

At 11/26/2021 09:42:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

The bride in this film is played by Rosemarie DeWitt. Anne Hathaway plays the bride’s sister.


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