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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Funeral Music

posted by on July 1 at 14:11 PM


From the Daily Telegraph, here’ what Australians have been playing at their funerals:

Queen’s The Show Must Go On, Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven and AC/DC’s Highway to Hell top the list of South Australia’s most unusual funeral songs, released by Centennial Park, the state’s largest provider of cemetery, crematorium and memorial services.

The organisation also released a list of the most played funeral songs, which included classic ballads, including My Way by Frank Sinatra, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman’s Time to Say Goodbye and Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World.

There has been a trend in recent years towards such unusual songs as Ding Dong the Witch is Dead from the Wizard of Oz, Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust and Willie Nelson’s Hit the Road Jack.

Centennial Park chief executive officer Bryan Elliot said the choice of funeral song could provide an opportunity for families to express the individuality of their loved one and personalise the service.

“Music played during a funeral service helps to set the mood, whether it’s emotive, humorous or bittersweet,” Mr Elliot said.

Choosing what song to play at your memoriam is a really big decision. I feel like it’s probably something I should lay out so my friends and family don’t screw it up when I die. If I’m murdered, especially if by a lover, please play “The Broken Vow” by Converge and make everyone at the funeral chant “I’ll take my love to the grave!” If I die doing something heroic, like saving a bus full of orphans, play the Advantage’s version of the Contra theme song set to a photo montage of particularly regal shots of me (if I die in said situation but fail to save the orphan bus, change song to “Children of the Grave” by Black Sabbath, keep the montage). For all other situations, please play “Bananaphone” by Raffi.

(ht Daily Swarm)

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Can't wait to read about the RIAA fining funeral directors and widows.

Posted by Dougsf | July 2, 2008 12:46 PM

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