I have had my funeral song picked out for many years, called ‘Life Without You’ by Stevie Ray Vaughan. He tragically passed away in a helicopter crash in the 90’s, but an amazing guitarist and vocalist.
Life Without You, all the love, you've passed our way
Angels have waited, for so long now they have their way
Take your place....
Allyson has picked hers: Jeff Healey singing ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’.
My eldest son Alistair: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Waiting on a Sunny Day’
My youngest Charles has chosen: Zakk Wylde singing ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’
As a family we listen to a lot of music and several years ago Jess, Alistair’s girlfriend, introduced us to a great game using You Tube. The first person choses a song and the next person has to pick a song with either one of the words in the title or a link via a band member, I have certainly picked up some very good modern groups this way.
Obviously the music gets louder as the evening wears on, until you reach that soporific moment when someone puts on one of their funeral songs, then the dam bursts and they all get played. They have given us all great memories of some wonderful evenings together something that will stay with us all through our lives.
What better way of remembering someone when their favourite song, that you have all listened to together, gets played.
Ok I admit that I sometimes have tears in my eyes, especially if a few glasses of wine have been involved, but generally I sit there with a big smile on my face.
If what we believe is true, that the recently departed person is at their own funeral then what better way of remembering them than sitting up in the rafters of the church swaying to the music or even better, dancing down the aisle.
Happy listening, happy Solstice and have a wonderful Yule and New Year.