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(New Musical Express)   Adele's Someone Like You knocks off Ray Charles' Hit the Road, Jack and Green Day's Good Riddance to become the most popular song to play at a funeral   (nme.com) divider line 117
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2012-10-15 09:04:03 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SF3IktTk_pQ
 
2012-10-15 09:14:41 PM
Hmm... I like GB's WR, but after listening just now, it may not be such a good choice.
 
2012-10-15 09:18:15 PM

Diogenes: Aarontology: People really, really, really misinterpret the meanings of pop songs to a surprising degree.

I did a project for a friend of the family's 50th birthday where her family gave me lots of photos and I scanned them into a video presentation. Mom narrated and I overlaid some background music. One section was all about her and her husband's world travels. So I was looking for music appropriate to that theme.

Mom was getting impatient because I kept rejecting all her suggestions. "Travel" songs are terrible! About half of them are really about cheating and infidelity when you listen to them. "Leaving on a Jet Plane." "The Wanderer." I ended up going with "Fly Like An Eagle." But yeah, the whole thing made me think "people don't really listen to or understand lyrics, do they?"

Their daughter is worse. She listens to lyrics but fails to understand metaphors.


And this is the reason why I in general don't listen to songs with lyrics. I start to listen to a song thinking it's nice, and then I reallize "shiat this is about abortion" or "Oh god he's a creepy stalker who wants to kill her". Really ruins songs for me. I listen to music for the music, not for the story told by the lyrics. Maybe I'm just weird.

Also had a big LOL at seeing "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life" on that list.
 
2012-10-15 09:40:25 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I know what I want played at my funeral


I had no idea that back in 1990 they were already shooting concert video with cell phones turned the wrong way.
 
2012-10-15 10:14:43 PM

Firststepsadoozie: [Taps.jpg]


Buried a relative last week, and "Taps" (during Presentation of Colors) is what turned on the waterworks for the men. 

I usually put the music together for family funerals, so I'm leaving a list of the songs I want played for my own. So far there's "Sodade" by Cesaria Evora, "Ave Maria" (Gounod), and I'm toying with the idea of having U2's "Forty" played at the conclusion as people are leaving. "I will sing, sing a new song...."
 
2012-10-15 10:23:59 PM
Time - The Alan Parsons Project

and

Here's Where The Story Ends - The SUNDAYS
 
2012-10-16 12:01:09 AM
I am surprised no one has posted a link to this winner which will be played at my funeral. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you William Shatner
 
2012-10-16 01:56:00 AM
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
 
2012-10-16 02:14:00 AM

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: Hell, yes. 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life' would be in the top 5 choices for my funeral, especially since it could be a good sing along with a bit of light humor. Plus, this is from a British publication.


Yeah, a good cheeky one to lighten the mood a little. You can still do serious songs too.

Diogenes: My grandmother wants a big old New Orleans jazz type funeral. For a racist, she sure does love her Fats Waller.


I think this is one of the healthiest funeral traditions around. Celebratory, but not really disrespectful for those taking the event seriously, like a Monty Python bit could be, or a pop song almost certainly would be. Seriously, don't do that. And it's a big sound with lots of complex layers, allowing yourself to lose yourself in it- you just let it roll around in your brain. I love dixieland jazz for just that reason- when I want to tune out entirely, it's great.

Comsamvimes: And this is the reason why I in general don't listen to songs with lyrics. I start to listen to a song thinking it's nice, and then I reallize "shiat this is about abortion" or "Oh god he's a creepy stalker who wants to kill her". Really ruins songs for me. I listen to music for the music, not for the story told by the lyrics. Maybe I'm just weird.


Good lyrics are poetry, and add a lot to the music. Your typical pop doesn't have a lot of that, you have a lot of stupid love songs or creepy angst. But there is good stuff out there, I find a lot in the folk world. Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan. Ever listened to "Dance me to the End of Love"? Brilliant, brilliant song. Traditional Country, before it became pop, has some great stuff too. Or whatever you classify this as.

Don't give up on everything with lyrics because mass market pop sucks.


Miss Stein: "Ave Maria" (Gounod)


That's a nice piece, but there's a reason Schubert's is more popular. It's a masterwork, and is almost certainly in the top 10 of musical pieces ever written. Personal preference, I know, but hell, that's a nice piece.


My funeral is going to lean towards the traditional, or I'm gonna have to come back and choke somebody. Shubert's Ave Maria, Danny Boy, maybe Battle Hymn of the Republic.
 
2012-10-16 02:42:54 AM

cptjeff: Miss Stein: "Ave Maria" (Gounod)

That's a nice piece, but there's a reason Schubert's is more popular. It's a masterwork, and is almost certainly in the top 10 of musical pieces ever written. Personal preference, I know, but hell, that's a nice piece.


I adore both versions of "Ave Maria", but I was under the impression that the Schubert is usually used for weddings and the Gounod for funerals. I dunno - have you ever heard this?
 
2012-10-16 02:56:34 AM

Miss Stein: I adore both versions of "Ave Maria", but I was under the impression that the Schubert is usually used for weddings and the Gounod for funerals. I dunno - have you ever heard this?


I haven't, I always just figured it was whichever you preferred at whichever occasion.
 
2012-10-16 05:47:04 AM
 
2012-10-16 06:55:42 AM
I have two: the first for the beginning of the get-together and the second for the end:
Link
Link
 
2012-10-16 08:47:22 AM
I'm going with Sam Hall.

"I'll see you all in Hell"
 
2012-10-16 12:32:09 PM

beergut666:

the parting glass
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Ah, The Waillin' Jennys do a great version of that song.

The funeral director thought the Barbershop Choir was going to see Come with me Josephine in my flying machine, at my Dad's funeral. It was handed out for them to take to practice later.
 
2012-10-18 11:05:50 AM
Funeral For a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding
 
2012-10-18 07:33:12 PM
 
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