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A Song I Want Played At My Funeral

July 11, 2014

I wasn’t taking this category seriously until a colleague from work died a few weeks ago and it suddenly took on a bit of poignancy. I didn’t know the chap in question, Scott, incredibly well, but he was lovely and deserved a few more years before popping his clogs. He’ll be missed by his friends at work.
I don’t know what music was played at his funeral but it has made me wonder what I would want to have played at mine. I suppose you can either go for the upbeat – to get everyone dancing in the aisles – or serve something up that will really wring the tears out.
I’m not brave enough to go for the former – it takes a great force of will to go against the prevailing mood of an event, in this case a funeral, and impose a completely different mood, in this case a bouncy happy tune. I’d rather play up to the prevailing mood and ratchet up the sadness.
So no Always Look on the Bright Side of Life or Ying Tong Song for me. Instead I’m going to draw upon my fine line of Death Songs.
The Seekers get slated as a bland and insipid folk band but I really like them. The Carnival is Over is a great song that can break my heart every time, and I commend it to the house.


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  1. July 12, 2014 7:34 am

    Craig- you genuinely make me want to be a better person and I wish I knew you for longer. You write really well and have made me cry on a Saturday morning with this piece. By the way Scott had I AM WHAT I AM, can’t smile without you and ain’t no mountain high enough as the soundtrack to his funeral…which, I’m sure you’ll agree was pitched about right!

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