Music is extraordinary in its ability to tell stories. It can accompany beautiful and intense moments in epic tales and make them even more memorable. This week, we here at Dream City Music will take a look at three love songs from musicals across film and stage. Though some folks claim otherwise, “the musical” is alive and well. Their brilliant ballads may be just what you and your loved one need to tell your story on your wedding day.
1. “A Whole New World” – Aladdin
From the beloved Disney animated movie, Aladdin, “A Whole New World” is a song about the freedom a companion can provide. Princess Jasmine is trapped by the walls and traditions of her royalty. But Aladdin—merely disguised as a regal suitor—takes her across the globe on his magic carpet, showing her how grand the world can be. The soaring ballad is accompanied by images of twilight clouds and shining stars. If you and your loved one feel adventurous and liberated when you’re together, “A Whole New World” can surely capture that sense of wonder.
2. “All I Ask of You” – Phantom of the Opera
Of all the Gothic frights of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, “All I Ask of You” provides a bright and heavenly scene. Christine, the opera singer harassed by the mysterious Phantom, is promised protection by the viscount Raoul. The ballad is sung as a duet. Raoul asks Christine not to be afraid of the “darkness” that seems to surround her. In return, Christine asks Raoul for honesty and commitment as they move forward together. “All I Ask of You” is a reminder of how love is about helping one another, no matter what terrors life may bring. Such a message is invaluable on your wedding day.
3. “City of Stars” – La La Land
Lastly, there’s “City of Stars” from the acclaimed movie musical La La Land. Even as the newest song on this list, it has earned its place in the pantheon of musicals’ love songs. Jazz pianist Sebastian starts off the song remarking how Los Angeles can seemingly make dreams come true. Actress Mia then hints that life may be more than fame and success. As they sing together, it is revealed “a look in somebody’s eyes” is what truly brings magic to the city. “City of Stars” is a quieter tune than the others on this list, with little more than vocals and piano, but it is no less stunning. In fact, it is one of Dream City Music’s specialties. Consider “City of Stars” for your wedding day to treasure that incomparable light in your loved one’s eyes.
Everything about your wedding day should reflect the journey you and your loved one have had so far and the journey that still lies ahead. This is especially true of the music. So, we hope one of these musicals’ songs helps you both tell your story together. We also hope you will consider Dream City Music as one of your musical storytellers on your wedding day. Check out our live song list—you may find a few familiar tunes on there! Whether you need a string ensemble or a reception DJ, we are happy to help make your day special in any way we can.
Thank you for reading, and happy planning!
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