Monday, May 23, 2005

A Whole New World

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I can show you the world
shining shimmering splendid
Tell me princess now when did you last let your heart decide?
I can open your eyes
Take you wonder by wonder
Over sideways and under
On a magic carpet ride.

A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no
Or where to go
Or say we're only dreaming
A whole new world
A dazzing place
I never knew
But now from way up here
It's crystal clear
That now I'm in a
whole new world with you.
Unbelievable sights
Indescribable feeling
Soaring tumbling free wheeling
Through an endless diamond sky.

A whole new world
A hundred thousand things to see
I'm like a shooting star
I've come so far
I can't go back
to where I used to be.
A whole new world
With new horizons to pursue
I'll chase them anywhere
There's time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you.
A whole new world
That's where we'll be
A thrilling chase
A wondrous place
For you and me.


When I married, "A Whole New World," the theme song from the movie Aladdin was to be "our" song. Because I had a mixed crowd at my wedding, we were only going to have mixed dancing after the meal and after bensching when a lot of people disappear.

When we spoke to the bandleader, we told him that he could not have a female singer, and so he told us that he wasn't certain our choice song would work. So he asked for any other songs we might want.

The wedding was beautiful and very "leibedik" with LOTS of shtick being performed for hubby and I. And the speeches were very nice -- of course, I felt the need to speak and used lots of publishing and book analogies to describe my husband and our "courtship."

The evening was nearing its end, the eating and bensching had been done...and it was time for our song....

Well, turns out our song was not to be and second choice won out: "It Had To Be You."

Well, eleven and a half years later, it still is "him" and every day of our marriage is "a whole new world."

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Everyone has a fantasy world of their own. My fantasy world includes a lot of singing. In my world, my wedding would have seen me at a piano in the middle of the dance floor, spotlight on me and me playing and singing -- serenading, really -- to my husband Stevie Wonder's "Ribbon in the Sky." The lyrics are beautiful, the music is beautiful.
Oh, well, some fantasies are better left as fantasies...

7 comments:

Chaim said...

now I have that song stuck in my head, thanks... better than that Hakuna Matata from the lion king tho ... oh wait .. Hakuan Matat .. what a wonderful- achhdfg now thats stuck in my head ...

Air Time said...

Thats funny. It had to be you was the main song on our wedding video.

Walking down the aisle was a disney montage, that included Can you feel the love tonight, beauty and the beast, and somewhere out there. Can't remember the rest though.

Chaim said...

should I be embarrased or proud that my wedding video's main wedding song was Forever One from Avraham Fried?

Air Time said...

No need to be embarrassed. Just blame it on your wife.

tuesdaywishes said...

I've never seen most of my wedding video. (One of the downsides to not having a TV.) The song that was played most at my wedding was " Avraham Yagel".

Rochelle said...

Our three-year-old granddaughter was entertaining us with "A Whole New World" this past Shabbat. Somehow, even though she lives in L.A., she says "woild."

Kinda Brooklyn...

We love it.

Mirty said...

I love the "Whole New World" song. At first, we wanted Ted's kids to sing it at our wedding. When I first met Ted, the kids would perform this song happily. But then something happened -- adolescence hit them -- and they flat out refused to do it on grounds it would be deathly embarassing. So, at the wedding, Ted and I danced to "Color My World" (Chicago).

At my youngest brother's wedding in Jerusalem, he and his bride caused quite the "scandal" by dancing together. ("Social dancing" my mother calls it, with a gasp of horror.) To support them, my other brother got up and danced with his wife, and then several other couples joined in, waltzing around the floor. But soon after that interlude, the yeshiva boys took over and the dancing separated out by gender. (Much to Mom's relief.)