Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Funeral Songs

I've had way too much time this year to contemplate funeral music. And so, to save others the time, here are a few I'd like at my own funeral, which I hope is not for 100 years. In case it's not, here's a head start. None of that Wind Beneath My Wings, Dust in the Wind crap for me.

- Enter Sandman - Metallica - I want my urn to be carried in ceremoniously to that. Hokie Stone optional. Oooh, ooh - an urn made from Hokie stone. There you go. Hopefully I don't go any time soon as this may scare the crap out of my children.

- Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum - goes nicely with the "mount on wings of eagles" scripture from the Bible.

- My Way - Frank Sinatra - a nice photo tribute piece

- Blackbird - Beatles - because it's my most favorite song ever

- Another One Bites the Dust - Queen - to go out to post-ceremony

- Down in a Hole - Alice in Chains  - as I'm lowered down or scattered wherever.

So there. Easy enough. Now you don't have to spend 10 hours searching the internet for the right songs for me. Not that that is what I've done all night...

Classic rock (late 60s early 70s) songs outside of the norm. Email me if you have suggestions. So far I've got "Long as I can See the Light" by CCR. Need 2 more. I love "Everything I Own" by Bread, or "Can't Cry Hard Enough" by the Williams Brothers (I know, not classic rock, but my God, can't get it out of my head right now), but find them to be too, too sad.


  1. Should I be worried about you? Scratch that. Should I be ESPECIALLY worried about you?

    Although, planning an event like this sure is thoughtful. Will probably make for a cool, celebratory (in a good way) funeral.

    Just hope we don't have to put it into action for a VERY long time!!!

    Many hugs!

  2. Nah, no worries. I don't plan, and hope I don't, go anywhere soon. But damn, planning funerals and all the details just suck. I really do want to lay it all out so that, heaven forbid, I do go, the family just has to read a list, check it off and go about the day.

    The funeral was incredible though. Never seen anything like it. I had not the remotest clue how much Carl impacted the world while he was here. If I can be half the person he was, I would leave this earth a happy camper.

  3. I think these sorts of musical choices are becoming more common than you'd think. Regardless of your religious views, songs are a great way to stir memories of loved ones. Hence all the more reason to choose songs that relate or have featured at important times in your life.