Trial Balloon

Trial Balloon: February 25, 2009 Archive

It's Your Funeral

Posted at 5:20 AM on February 25, 2009 by Dale Connelly (76 Comments)

As we continue to sort through various wild ideas for previously un-thought of membership gifts, a clarification came in on Monday's blog from Kay, who elaborated on the notion of a disc called "Music To Die For".

I had been thinking of it as something one would buy for oneself as part of funeral planning, so the music you like is available for your funeral/memorial, as a convenience for your family...but i wasn't thinking of it as a membership premium so much as simply a gotta think baby boomers would go for that kind of CD! I've certainly been to enough funerals where they played music i would NOT want to have... ah, well, perhaps it IS morbid of me!

Morbid and fascinating and a bit funny.

We seem to be talking about creating a collection of songs which would make an appropriate musical statement for one's funeral.

A mix tape from the grave, if you will.

The disc would be a planning aid to leave behind for the clueless relatives, who, relying on their own judgment would likely pick something awful.
But then, who is the funeral music for? Shouldn't the people who can still breathe and hear get to have something they like? What do you care if they seal the lid on your coffin to the strains of "Achy Breaky Heart"?

What are some examples of truly terrible funeral music?
And what would be better (and right for the 'Music To Die For' disc)?

On Monday's blog, Kathy mentioned "Into The Mystic" by Van Morrison.
Donna came up with Billy Bragg's "Waiting for the Great Leap Forward".
Kerri suggested Lyle Lovett's "Since the Last Time".
Michelle offers "I Have Had Singing" by Chanticleer.
Cindy had a list: "Send in the Clowns" by Judy Collins. "American Tune" by Paul Simon, and "Into the West" by Annie Lennox.

Are we going for tears, or laughs?
Are we trying to incite Dancing? Keening? Trashing the place?

All of the above?

Comment on this post

February 2009
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28

Master Archive