Scruff’s Top 5

This past weekend I can say I hit a wide ranged audience, from high school to senior citizen. I can also say that it felt like I was on the road for a long time, not necessarily true for Friday night, but on Saturday for sure. It was a fun weekend nonetheless, I see it as job security and live feedback.

Friday night I had the opportunity to play for Unity High School in Orange City, it wasn’t their homecoming, but they wanted a “back to school” kind of party since most of the athletic programs, and other school activities have gone full fledge yet. Now, Unity doesn’t hold dances at their school, they have them at one of the local churches in Orange City. I had played for their school before, so I knew where I was going, but it doesn’t make it any easier when you know what the students will ask for. Around 9:15-9:30 kids started pour in and were ready to boogie. We had a great time dancing to the classic tracks such as “Cotton eye joe, cha cha slide, and wobble”. The students made big circles on the dance floor and played leap frog, fist pumped and crowd surfed each other. I also had to be quite discerning when it came to some of their requests, as I had mentioned before we were in a church. You would think that I wouldn’t have a problem being that I was playing for a school, well you feel quite uncomfortable playing some school appropriate songs in a religious building. Point in case, I played low by Flo Rida which is a clean song, and we are allowed to play it at school events, but should it be played at a church? some other tracks that I played with conflict: FEFE, Fireball, No Hands. I know about reverence and respect, at the same time I also don’t want a cleared dance floor. I was hired because I could keep the children entertained, and the parents knew I wouldn’t let swearing blare out of the speakers. At what point does one trump the other? I had a happy crowd at the end of the night, a large crowd, sweating and tired, in my opinion that’s probably most important.

Saturday I had a wedding in Brookings, SD, this was the first time in a long time I had to travel up that way. That’s a 2.5 hour drive from my house, the good thing I had a birthday party brunch to attend in Sioux Falls earlier in the day so I was able to break up the drive; at least on the way up. I was responsible for the ceremony and reception sounds, so I made my way to the Good Roots Farm & Garden around 2pm for set up. The bride looked phenomenal, I had the opportunity to see her before the father and the groom did. The smile on her face warmed up the entire building. The groom was looking quite exceptional as well, the newlyweds were definitely living the best day of their lives. Now, usually I play until 11-12 midnight for most receptions, this one was done at 9pm. It didn’t end early, that was the time the family wanted to finish up, I don’t know if they were thinking of my drive home or not, but I wasn’t going to complain. On the drive home I encountered some rain, but for the most part made it back without any troubles, and all before midnight.

Sunday was my day of rest, I was glad to take some time for myself. Now, I probably shouldn’t have laid around watching storage wars all day, but I did feel good to let my body rest before starting up the next week.

  1. Mona Lisa – Lil Wayne Ft. Kendrick Lemar 
  2. Let It Rock – Kevin Rudolf Ft. Lil Wayne 
  3. Nonstop – Drake 
  4. Dancing Alone (Brohug Remix) – Axwell /\ Ingrosso, RØMANS
  5. Deceiver – Green Velvet, Chris Lake

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