Wednesday, January 15, 2014

15 Great Songs for Marrying Your First Love- Remarriage to a Former Spouse

An Affair To Remember Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr
Title Lobby Card
Getting re-married to ex-spouses, high school sweethearts or marrying an old flame isn't unusual. 

Some of us are widowed or divorcing and are dating again. Getting a second chance can be the best thing that happens to you.
  • Here's a list of 15 songs for the wedding of a couple together again after years apart.
  • Are you a fan of the 1940s Comedies about remarriage?
  • Listen to a radio version of the film, The Philadelphia Story
  • Don't forget places where you can see these movies on the big screen or in a public setting such as a museum or your local library
The songs aren't in any particular order. **Like any song list, be careful of titles. While these songs may be available by different artists, some of the songs with the same title are entirely different. You might get a parody or just a version you don't like.

Most are available on CD or to download as MP3. Some of the songs are from films or musicals and on soundtrack compilations. Movies can offer great inspiration for music. 
Katharine Hepburn Cary Grant
The Philadelphia Story

15 Songs for wedding to your first love

I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) -- Linda Ronstadt
Let's Get Together Again - Human League
My Old Flame by Sam Coslow & Arthur Johnston, first in the 1934 film Belle of the Nineties
Here you come again - Dolly Parton
That Old Feeling - Frank Sinatra
It's all Coming Back to Me Now - Celine Dion
Nobody Does it Better - Carly Simon, The Spy Who Loved Me
Mamma Mia - ABBA from the musical and film of the same name
You're Where I Belong - Trisha Yearwood, from Stuart Little
Never Gonna Leave Your Side - Daniel Bedingfield
I Wanna Grow Old With You - Westlife, from World of Our Own
Together Again - Kenny Rogers and Dottie West duet Classics 1979 (by Buck Owens).
Feels Like Home -Bonnie Raitt; written by Randy Newman for 1993 musical Faust
Reunited - Peaches and Herb 1978 2Hot
Feels Like The First Time - Foreigner

Burgess Meredith, Merle Oberon and Melvyn Douglas
That Uncertain Feeling 1941 8x10
You might like some of these for your First Dance together. Don't forget the option of having someone sing the songs. We've seen a lot of things at weddings and other events. Maybe you're just celebrating the reunion right now.

The songs are from different eras, but you can find many of the older songs by favorite singers of the era that the song came out or by more contemporary singers.

Taking the time necessary to examine the history of the relationship and each of your lives as they are now is important. You see headlines, Sweethearts reunite after 42 years/  I Wish I Had Married My High School Sweetheart. Sometimes it works out beautifully. Sometimes the fantasy is a lot better than the reality. Many baby boomers are dealing with these issues right now.

You can find My Old Flame by so many singers from the 1930s to present day.  It was introduced by Mae West with Duke Ellington and His Orchestra in the 1934 film Belle of the Nineties. The song's writers were very prolific and I can't give them the credit they deserve here. Arthur Johnston also wrote the music also wrote Cocktails for Two.

Sam Coslow wrote the lyrics for Hot Voodoo from the 1932 film Blonde Venus, starring Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant and Herbert Marshall. The music was by Ralph Rainger.

Nobody Does It Better has been sung by other artists and featured in 'Non-Bond' films. You may remember it in Mr. & Mrs. Smith  (2005), Little Black Book (2004), Lost in Translation (2003) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004).

Barbara Stanwyck Henry Fonda The Lady Eve 1941

Mamma Mia -- The ABBA song is featured in the film with Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Christine Baranski, and Colin Firth)
Excerpt from song:

I've been angry and sad about things that you do
I can't count all the times that I've told you we're through
And when you go, when you slam the door
I think you know that you won't be away too long
You know that I'm not that strong.
Just one look and I can hear a bell ring
One more look and I forget everything, w-o-o-o-oh

Mamma mia, here I go again
My my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again?
My my, just how much I've missed you
Yes, I've been brokenhearted
Blue since the day we parted
Why, why did I ever let you go?
Mamma mia, even if I say
Bye bye, leave me now or never
mamma mia, it's a game we play
Bye bye doesn't mean forever

You're where I belong, Trisha Yearwood Stuart Little soundtrack
The movie featured Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox and Nathan Lane
Excerpt from song:

You're my first taste, first taste
Of the sweetest feeling I've ever known, that I've known
You're my safe place, safe place
From a world that can be so cruel and cold
You're my harbour, you're my shelter
You're that welcome smile
That lets me know I'm home

You're where I belong
I belong with you
You're where I belong
And I know it's the truth
You're part of my heart
There's nothing I can do
Oh, you're the one who keeps me warm
My baby, you're where I belong

You're the one I come to...yeah
To keep me from the cold

The Awful Truth Poster Movie  11x17
Irene Dunne Cary Grant Ralph Bellamy Alexander D'Arcy

Reunited, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Peaches & Herb
Except from lyrics:

I was a fool to ever leave your side
Me minus you is such a lonely ride
The breakup we had has made me lonesome and sad
I realize I love you 'cause I want you bad, hey, hey

I spent the evening with the radio
Regret the moment that I let you go
Our quarrel was such a way of learning so much
I know now that I love you 'cause I need your touch, hey, hey

Reunited and it feels so good
Reunited 'cause we understood
There's one perfect fit
And, sugar, this one is it
We both are so excited 'cause we're reunited, hey, hey

Comedies about remarriage: Beginning in the late 1930s
Spencer Tracy Katharine Hepburn 8x10
there was a group of what some called the comedies of remarriage. The name came from philosopher Stanley Cavell, Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage. Several of these are fantastic screwball comedies such as The Awful Truth, My Favorite Wife

Also on the list are Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy classics such as Woman of the Year and Adam's Rib and even It Happened One Night with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Just a great collection of movies. 

These are fascinating to study and watch anytime, but perfect for a personal film festival if you're planning a reunion or a wedding with an old love.


The Philadelphia Story had radio versions on Lux Radio Theater July 20, 1942 and June 14, 1943. There was also a version for Screen Guild Theater: March 17, 1947.

In honor of Cary Grant's 110th birthday and Katharine Hepburn's home state, I found some places in the great state of Connecticut where you can see films like The Philadelphia Story on the big screen in late January, early February 2014. All are in Connecticut unless stated otherwise.

New and different films are being shown all the time. There are workshops, author visits and much more. These are definitely budget friendly ideas. Please check to see: 

The Philadelphia Story was Jan. 25-26 Part of their weekend morning Movies & Mimosas Schedule which also includes All About Eve and The Bridges of Madison County Criterion Cinema/Bow Tie Cinemas New Haven, CT

Visit  The Simsbury Public Library :: The Philadelphia Story with Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant and then The Lady Eve with Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck were shown in January 2014. What's shown and when may be dependent on weather conditions in wintertime.

The Cheshire Public Library Suspicion with Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine was shown in January. More and more reasons to visit your local public library.

The Kent Memorial Library in Suffield, CT had Bringing Up Baby in January.

Not related to Cary Grant, but just to give them a shout out, the Bristol Public Library was showing Jane Eyre in February.

There are regular film festivals celebrating films big and small, silent and talkie. The themes of festivals always amaze me. And if you can't find a festival near you, have one in your living room.

Join Amazon Prime - Watch Over 40,000 Movies We chose Amazon Prime because we prefer their wide selection of movies and documentaries to other streaming video sites, and the yearly price is about the same. But you get added benefits to joining Amazon Prime for shipping and benefits for your Kindle.

We found more documentaries, foreign films, more British television shows and many more old color and black and white films on Amazon. 

Having several of the videos free to watch with Amazon Prime is great. 

There are always movies you want to pay to rent or own. There seems to still be some special films we want to own on DVD.

Links to other pages of interest:

Tributes, Choosing Songs for Events, Memorials at Weddings, Family Gatherings 

10 Songs for Second Weddings

25 Songs for Renewing your Vows, Anniversary Parties

My Favorite Wife, Cary Grant & Irene Dunne 

Turning 110 this year: Ralph Bellamy, Cary Grant and Peter Lorre

No comments:

Post a Comment

Welcome and thanks for visiting.

Please keep your comments topical & respectful. We can't accept links or be responsible for content of comments.