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Mahalia Jackson - "the World's Greatest Gospel Singer" - singing The Lord's Prayer at the Newport Jazz Festival 1958 - as featured in the Bert Stern film "Jazz on a Summer's Day"... It's one I'd love to hear played at my funeral :-)
Recently a friend of mine passed away, at the age of 50, from a massive heart attack.
He always said he wanted to have "Into The Mystic" by Van Morrison played at his funeral.
When that song was played there has not a dry eye in the place.
For me, I've been resisting the idea of choosing a track for the obvious reason that I don't want to think of my funeral! But two songs have worked their way into my head as possible candidates to be played:
1. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On. The lyrics go something like "Brother, brother... there's too many of us dying". It's a really smooth piece that might work well.
2. Philip Glass - It Was Always You, Helen. Came across this recently (it's from the Candyman soundtrack) and had to download it. Lovely piano verses and powerful organ chorus.
I'm sure though that there must be more suitable choices. (A long time ago I was just going to play my favourite records, but I don't think Tangerine Dream and Yes would go down too well!)
So what would you choose, and why?
How about these popular ones...
Robbie Williams Angels
Frank Sinatra My Way
Monty Python Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
Queen's The Show Must Go On
Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven
AC/DC's Highway to Hell
[edited by: JudgeJeffries at 3:22 pm (utc) on July 31, 2006]
As someone who is about to get married again I would welcome ideas for something triumphal to walk out to, nothing religious (it is a civil ceremony) and preferably not classical, definitely not country and no heavy metal. All my suggestions so far have almost caused a divorce before the marriage and as I want to have some input into the musicality of the day I have tit for tat vetoed her choices. So any help would be appreciated.
[edited by: Old_Honky at 6:00 pm (utc) on July 31, 2006]
The husband of a friend just got diagnosed with an inoperable tumor and has weeks to live. It's really changed my perspective on life - less sweating the small stuff, etc.
And if my wife survives me, I'd request Birds:
There will be another one
Over you beneath the sun
See the things that will not come
When you see me fly away without you
Shadow on the things you know
Feathers fall around you
And show you the way to go . . .
... It's one I'd love to hear played at my funeral
I don't know about anyone else, but if I heard anything at all during my funeral, I'd be less interested in the music and more interested in hollering loud enough that someone would let me out of the coffin! Scary thought...
So what would you choose, and why?
Into the Mystic sounds like a great one.
Without putting too much thinking into it:
Cold Cold Ground (Tom Waits)
He Went to Paris (Jimmy Buffet)
Try to Remember (from The Fantastyks)
One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer (George Thorogood)
Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)
My dad requested "When the Saints Go Marching In" and that seemed like a good one too.
My coffin in the center aisle on top of it a dance floor about 8 feet square.
A Flamenco dancer dressed in red and black and a spanish guitar raging.
I giant barbeque afterwards.
Then I want to be pulled out and taxidermied in the Flamenco outfit with a hidious grin and pose and given to my niece.
She will inherit my fortune and get a check every year only as long as I am visible in the foyer of study of her house.
my goal being merely to annoy everyone who attends my funeral as a parting gesture of animosity