What music would you want to be played at your funeral?

Since my near death experience last August, I've pondered a few times on the music I want to be played at my funeral. I chose the music for my Dad's but I'd rather choose my own. Perhaps nobody has thought of this, but if so, it would be interesting to read your choices. 

Billy Bragg's recording of Blake's Jerusalem

Joy Division's Atmosphere

The Smiths' There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

A recording of The Folks Who Live on The Hill

Something by Bach, possibly one of the violin sonatas  

The last two are a work in progress. 

 

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Entrance                      Tchaikovsky 1st Symphony 2nd movement

Reflection                  Natacha Atlas - Adam's Lullaby

And as they stoke up the fire, it just has to be...................... Always Look on the Bright Side of Life!

 

Enter to Muss Es Sein from Beethoven String Quarter No. 16

I'm tempted by Tomorrow I'm Smoke from Lou Reed's Magic and Loss

Alternatively a bit of Tabula Rasa by Arvo Part

And go through the curtains to Meet on the Ledge by Fairport Convention

 

 

 

What music would you want to be played at your funeral?

I'd be in no position to care. My life lived and resultant memories would serve as my final statement. Posthumously cue the boombox as an attempt to jerk some tears or grab some smiles? Kind of cheesy, melodramatic.

I do have a music related epitaph that says it all for me. A quote from George Harrison's song "Run Of The Mill" ....

... only you'll arrive at your own made end with no one but yourself to be offended ....

Slap that on my urn and use my ashes to fertilize the garden.

Good thread this one.

I think the appropriate tracks depend on how one dies and the means of disposal of the body.

So for Malaria how about Fever (Little Willie John version) or There Stands the Glass (Van Morrison version) for alcoholics and for cremation maybe Comeon Baby Light my Fire by the Doors.

Ray

Thought provoking & yes the jokey side has to be included.   TBH I haven't really thought about it,  but the subject did cross my mind recently after the funeral of my cousin.  She was fit as a fiddle, county class badminton player including into seniors, she biked everywhere, never smoked anything ever,  then diagnosed with lung cancer & was gone in a few months.   She planned her own funeral & included some really tasteful mood provoking classics, jazz & popular music, then for the ceremony departure music she played Abba's 'Dancing Queen'  .....its never been the same since each time I hear it.

"I don't want to achieve immortality throgh my work; I want to achieve immortality by not dying" - Woody Allen.

Having recently had my right knee and left hip successfully replaced, I'm intending to have my bodily parts changed as they fail, thus assuring my immortality. But if I'm unlucky enough to be struck by a falling bolt from the International Space Station, maybe they can play Alan Parsons' "Time" from Turn of a Friendly Card at my funeral.

I did request the family play 2112, Free Bird and Stairway to Heaven.

That's over an hour so service might have to move outside.Assuming anyone turns up or are still around after the RUSH piece.

Tony M if you get any more bits done you can do a real Terminator from the fire!

BigH47 posted:

 

Tony M if you get any more bits done you can do a real Terminator from the fire!

Rather than be cremated or buried, I've decided to be - dissolved! It's the latest thing apparently, supposedly more environmentally friendly.

California Saga - California by the Beach Boys

"Water, water get yourself in the cool, clear, water
The sun shines brightly down on Penny's place
The sun shines brightly down on the bay
The air's so clean it'll just take your mind away
Take your mind away
Take your mind away ..."

And some Julian Bream playing Granados.

Mike-B posted:

Thought provoking & yes the jokey side has to be included.   TBH I haven't really thought about it,  but the subject did cross my mind recently after the funeral of my cousin.  She was fit as a fiddle, county class badminton player including into seniors, she biked everywhere, never smoked anything ever,  then diagnosed with lung cancer & was gone in a few months.   She planned her own funeral & included some really tasteful mood provoking classics, jazz & popular music, then for the ceremony departure music she played Abba's 'Dancing Queen'  .....its never been the same since each time I hear it.

They played Albatross at my uncle's funeral as we walked out of the church - the twangy guitar notes floating in the autumn  air.

Still brings a lump to my throat 25 years later whenever I hear it. He died of a single heart attack at the age of 38!

Ray

We were invited to the funeral of one of our good customers (we have pub). This gentleman was full of humour and we walked out at the end of the funeral to 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life'. it was poignant and perfect. He would have loved to have seen all those many smiling faces, which was of course what he planned.

Hungryhalibut posted:

Since my near death experience last August, I've pondered a few times on the music I want to be played at my funeral. I chose the music for my Dad's but I'd rather choose my own. Perhaps nobody has thought of this, but if so, it would be interesting to read your choices. 

  

I've thought about it a number of times. I chose the only two pieces for my dearest friend's cremation, and they were The B.'s Free as a bird and Across the Universe – mine and his preferred B. songs.

As for myself, supposing a very short, totally unreligious cremation, I have thought (in no special order):

Kurt Weill's Kannonen song, from the Three pennies opera.

Joni Mitchell's Both sides now

Nikolai Kedrov's Otče Naš (our Father).

If it had to be just one, in spite of my total atheism, it would be Otče Naš.

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