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25. Music to say bye-bye by

(Post 25 of 33 in my 16-hour shift for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.)

8:00 pm EDT

Hey, it’s your funeral again. Your family and friend are gathered in an appropriately non-liturgical setting.  This is your last chance to inflict your will on a captive audience.  You’re clasping your hands in anticipation.  There will be readings, poetry, maybe even a nice thing said by a loved one or two. Tears will be shed, since you died at the height of pollen season. A couple of singles will hook up — one of those circle-of-life things.

Your spouse and his/her date are there, looking at their watches. Your children are lined up in the front pew, grumbling about their grandchildren’s complete inability to control their grandchildren, who are running around the pew chasing after their own damn kids. Then, at last, the music begins.

So…what is it?

I’ve been a musician of one sort or another since I was ten, so when it comes to selecting music for an important event, the pressure is on. I picked the music for our wedding, and it worked, we’re still married. But what should I ask to have played at my funeral to be sure I stay dead?

If the idea is to somehow capture what I was all about and what I loved about being in the world for a while, the Gounod Ave Maria, while achingly lovely, won’t do. But I go back and forth on what will do. I need to put some thought into the music selection so my wife can spend the three days after my demise on eHarmony.com instead of my iTunes.

But first I want to hear your ideas. What do you want played at your funeral?

(By the way, as promised, this post has been written completely naked. Go back and see if you can tell. Then donate a lot of money to SSA, I’m out of gimmicks.)



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  1. “Please don’t bury me” by John Prine
    The entirety of Thick as a Brick by Jethro Tull
    And lots and lots of Indigo Girls and Over the Rhine.

    Comment: blotzphoto – 10. June 2012 @ 9:43 pm

  2. Neil Gow’s “Lament on the Death of His Second Wife”, besides being a mouthful, is the most beautiful (instrumental) funeral song I know of. But if your fiddle player is 10x better than that, you should get him/her to play Bach’s Chaconne (which I have heard described as “the greatest achievement [no, not just greatest musical composition] of humankind”). Make those mourners sit through 14 minutes of baroque music!

    Comment: mikero – 10. June 2012 @ 10:35 pm

  3. Alkaline Trio – “Into The Night”
    Rush – “Time Stand Still”

    Comment: janet – 11. June 2012 @ 2:14 pm

  4. I’ve always liked The Hallelujah Chorus, and “Beautiful Morning” by Ace of Base.

    Comment: Larry Clapp – 12. June 2012 @ 3:40 pm

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