So, I suppose you could be asking yourself, "What is "Mortal Music? Where is he going with this?" Well, hang in there with me.
Merriam-Webster defines medical Mortal as: Having caused or being about to cause death... of, relating to, or connected with, death.
Ok, one day, we all will "assume room temperature," so given that that's a given (a double double: ha...), let's add in some Music to the Mortal and I'll ask you this question: What song(s) do you want played at your funeral??? Ha!!! Have you even ever thought about it???
I have found out this week that this is huge on the internet. Just Google "Funeral Music." Go figure... I was blown away. There are so many sites to choose from. And let me tell you, if you don't already have something in mind, you can spend awhile online looking at the different categories. It's actually pretty funny when you think about it.
On one site, funeralresources.com, there are 27 songs listed under Top Funeral Music, The Most Popular Funeral Songs. I have to add here that: this is also the site that had a quote from exercise guru Jack LaLanne, who said, "I can't die. It would ruin my image." Well, I wonder what music he departed with???
On another site, creativefuneralideas.com, there is Top Funeral Songs in North America. And then, one of my fave's I came across, obitmag.com, there is list after list. Among them, Top Funeral Songs, Best Funeral Songs, and Classic Rock Funeral Songs (which caught my eye), see below.
Some of the titles were pretty catchy: On Obit's Top list, The Beatles' "The Long and Winding Road," Bob Dylan's "Death is Not the End," and Boyz II Men's "End of the Road." On their Best list, Elton John's "Circle of Life," and leading the Classic Rock list, Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." I could not find my request anywhere on any list. Not sure what that says...
Obit's little slogan on their site is, "Your Final Soundtrack." That reminds me of a buddy I had in HFD. His wife worked for Earthman Funeral Home. At one time, their slogan was, "We're the last to let you down." I always thought that was just too funny. It's a business quote, but literally, they are exactly what it says. Ha!!!
So, yes, I have thought about this for quite a while. I have told Donna many times over the years that when I die, I want Lynyrd Skynyrd's Free Bird played at my funeral (I just love guitar solo's)... All ten minutes and eight seconds of it. As one line says, "Cause I'm as free as a bird now." My only conflict, if you will, is if I die in the next few years, this song will still be hip and stand the test of time. However, lets say I hang on for several years and die at age 96 (Ha!!!), will a 10:08 Classic Rock song be a bit too much for all my fellow "Geezers" that are lucky enough to still be living??? You know, it can go one of two ways: The mid 90's guy can say, "My man Slu still has it going on." Or, he could lean over to his wife and say, "What were they thinking?" Heck, will they even hear it being played??? Something to think about. At least for now, my instructions are: BOOM IT!!!
As for Donna, it's a bit more complicated. When we first started talking about this subject years ago, she said she wanted a version of "Morning Has Broken" played. Then, sometime later, she told me she wanted to add a 2nd song, Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit In The Sky." Recently, she informed me she wanted to add a 3rd song, and as I write this, the name escapes me (note to self: write down the 3rd song). So, by the time Donna gets around to "Room Temperature," there is no telling how many songs she may have added to the "play list." I'm thinking at her funeral, we may well have a Concert. We might have to make sure we have "Bic Lighters" or at least our Cell Phones in order to stand and "request" an Encore Song. That's the Woman that I know and love.
So, what do you think??? Have you had this conversation with a loved one or a friend while indulging in libations??? What Mortal Music will your friends hear while you are
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