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Trial Balloon: February 28, 2009 Archive

Love and Death

Posted at 1:01 AM on February 28, 2009 by Dale Connelly (24 Comments)


This week on Radio Heartland on Minnesota Public Radio News, I'll talk with "creative noisemaker" Claudia Schmidt about singing jazz and folk, both as a soloist and with a band. She'll perform a number for those who are only "going one or two miles an hour on the freeway of love".

And what about those relationships that never gain any speed at all - the ones you wanted to have that circumstances don't favor or cosmic forces conspire against?

We'll hear some songs on the topic.

In the second hour, we'll sample some musical send-offs nominated by Radio Heartland listeners who took it upon themselves to plan their own funerals.

A bit morbid, I know, but once you start to think about it, you can't stop wondering what you would like to have the mourners hear as your "last song".

When the question was asked in this blog it drew over 70 posts.

Here's an alphabetical list of some of the songs that were mentioned by Gail, Cynthia, Sherilee, Roger, Mark, Kay, Grant, Don, Lindi, Patricia, Mary, Kate, Boone, Clif, Carla, Elinor, Mike, Andre, Mike, Killer, Kerstin, Ben, Anna, Lu, Claire, Nancy, Beth, Don, Chris, Linda, Patrice, Suzy, ewallj, Jon, Pat, jimck, Audrey, Darcy, Don Cynthia and Robbie.

If you feel the urge, please add more!

Note: Not all these songs are in tonight's show! It would take weeks!

A Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughn Williams
A Water Over Stone by Bok, Muir & Trickett
All My Tears by Emmylou Harris
And When I Die by Blood Sweat & Tears
As Long as I Can See The Light by Ted Hawkins
Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar , with the Sullivan Ballou Letter
Beautiful Day by U2
Beulah Land by Helen Schneyer
Bird on a Wire by Leonard Cohen
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
Bring Me Flowers While I'm Living by Champion Jack Dupree
Bristlecone Pine by Michael Johnson
Cantique do Jean Racine by Faure
Closer to the Light - Jim Liz Beloff
Crossing the Bar by Salamander Crossing
Dust in the Wind by Kansas
Einstein the Genius by Cranberry Lake Jug Band
Free Life by Dan Wilson
Funeral For a Friend by Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
Go and Dig My Grave by Bok, Muir & Trickett
Gulf Coast Highway by Nanci Griffith
Hallelujah, I'm Ready by Ricky Skaggs
Hallelujah, the Great Storm is Over by Bob Franke
Hallelujah Chorus by The Roches
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
Hell, Yeah by Neil Diamond
Here Comes the Sun by Beatles
I Want to be Ready by Ben Harper
I'll Cross Over Jordan by Johnny Cash & June Carter
I'll Fly Away by Roy Acuff
I'll Fly Away by Linda Tillery
I'll Find My Way Home by Vangelis
Is That All There Is? by Peggy Lee
Kitty Come Home by The McGarrigles
Knocking On Heaven's Door by Bob Dylan
Language of the Heart by Bok, Trickett and Muir
Laudate Dominum or Ave Verum by Mozart
Let the Mystery Be by Iris DeMent
Lord of the Dance by Ben Luxon & Bill Crofut
Many Rivers to Cross by Deacon John
My Soul by Peter Mayer
Now Let the Weeping Cease by Gospel at Colonus
O Death by Ralph Stanley
Ode to Joy by Toronto Tabla Ensemble
Old Love by Neal & Leandra
One Tree Hill by U2
Only Way Is Up by Yaz
Piu Jesu fr: Requiem by Faure
Please Don't Bury Me by John Prine
Requiem by John Rutter
Sailing Down My Golden River by Greg Brown (Pete Seeger)
St. James Infirmary by Cab Calloway
See That My Grave Is Swept Clean by Geoff Muldaur
Simple Gifts by anyone
Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Eva Cassidy
Song of the White Throat Sparrow (actual birdsong)
Sunrise, Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof
Swimming to the Other Side by Pat Humphries
Take Care the Road You Choose by Richard Thompson
The End by Beatles
The Galaxy by Jim Post
The Mary Ellen Carter by Stan Rogers
The Night Pat Murphy Died by Great Big Sea
The Sodium Chloride Song by The McGarrigles
The Swimming Song by Loudon Wainwright III
There's a Tavern In The Town by Rudy Vallee
They Tell Me by Stoney Lonesome
This is My Song (Sibelius's Finlandia)
Timberline by Emmylou Harris
Time is On My Side by Rolling Stones
Tonight's the Night by Neil Young
Wall of Death by Richard Thompson
We Are The Champions by Queen
What'll I Do? by The McGarrigles
When I Am Laid in Earth by Susanna and the Magical Orchestra (Purcell)
When the Saints go Marchin' In by Dr. John
Who Will Sing for Me by John McCutcheon
Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
You Can't Take It With You When You Go by Jez Lowe


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