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Old 05-26-2016, 09:42 PM   #21
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Getting some affairs in order and signed my will today .

Now, I'm in the process of building instructions and wishes to family members when I go. Among others are songs I may want played at my visitation/funeral.

What I'd like to do have many candidates to choose from then eventually settle on about 10 or 15 songs. Any suggestions?

I'm thinking more of pop songs but am open to including Amazing Grace or spiritual ones if they feel right.
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Old 05-26-2016, 09:49 PM   #22
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Miles to go before I sleep .
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"If only I had spent more time at work" ... from "Busy Man" sung by Billy Ray Cyrus
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Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole - Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Alison Krauss - I'll Fly Away

Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven

Norah Jones - Come Away With Me

...and don't forget Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky
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That's good to know, thanks!

I've had a lot of death and it still scares me everytime I think about it.

One of the "joys of the golden years" eh?

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I lived in Hawaii for four years and was fortunate enough to hear IZ sing this song. It's on my funeral song list.
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Two possibilities, both with a religious overtone:

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, "Your Long Journey"



"I'll Meet you in the Morning"- an Applachian folk song with many more flamboyant versions on YouTube but I prefer this simple a capella version done at graveside by a group of Mennonites.
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Whitney Houston "I will always love you"
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There is no need for anyone else to record that song. No one will ever do it as well as KD Lang
I prefer the John Cale version. KD does this little vocal slide into the note in her version, and for whatever reason I find that really annoying.

As far as my personal suggestion to the OP, I've always planned on having "Ripple" by the Grateful Dead.

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Once you have your list, consider actually downloading them and making a CD so when the time comes, the family will have an easy time incorporating them.

cd :O)
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Two more suggestions, from Jethro Tull ('82, Beast and the Broadsword) "Slow Marching Band" and "Cheerio"
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Once you have your list, consider actually downloading them and making a CD so when the time comes, the family will have an easy time incorporating them.

cd :O)
You read my mind about the CD. One step more, I'm gonna put the songs on a re-writable CD as a song I choose today may not make the cut 10 years from know while I'm still kicking.

Great suggestions on the ideas and songs.

I like the mood at times somber then uplifting and inspirational too.

Some songs I've decided on and am considering (not in any order):



If tomorrow never comes - Belinda Kinnaer (Found this version on Youtube. Even like more than the version by Garth or Manilow)

Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell

For a Dancer - Jackson Browne

Until We Meet Again - Dougie Mclean

amazing grace - piano instrumental

Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson (I like Elvis' version, but like Willie's even more)
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For the tear jerkyness usually considered appropriate for the occasion:

"Goin' Home"
"Wayfarin' Stranger"
"Last Rose of Summer"

For making a "Final Statement" on your way out the door with fantastic word pictures:

Blunt: "El Paso"

More Philosophical: "Highwayman"

Ironic/Philosophical: "Up, Up and Away, in My Beautiful Balloon"

My uncle always said the Intermezzo from Cavallaria Rusticana sounded like the "musak" playing in the lobby before you enter the Pearly Gates.
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The title led me to think this was about how to bump yourself off - I was surprised the mods hadn't removed the thread.
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The title led me to think this was about how to bump yourself off .......
Well, there was some chatter about a ledge.
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I'm surprised, with all the irreverent types in here, that no-one has mentioned "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life" by the Python gang. When I went back to the UK for my father's funeral, I was pleasantly taken aback to find it on the list of tunes provided by the chapel. Understandably, it is quite popular. I'd be more than happy to have it played at my funeral.

I was going to post the YouTube link but some religious folk might find it offensive, so I thought I'd play it safe
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