Thursday, June 4, 2009

Music to Grieve by....

Choosing the music for my dad's funeral was a very big deal to me. My dad loved music and hated funerals; thus, it had to be perfect.

And I think it was.

"The road is long,
With many a winding turn

That leads us to who knows where,
Who knows when

But I'm strong"

The funeral opened with "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" by the Hollies. Not a song I was familiar with, but one that meant a lot to my uncle (my dad's little brother) and also my mom. I guess it was one of my dad's favorites back in the 70's. I have come to like it a lot.

"And now the time has come,
so my love I must go"

The next song was the end of my eulogy - "I'll Follow the Sun" by the Beatles. It's one of my favorite songs ever. It is sad but it is so full of hope and love.

"Fare you well, fare you well,
I love you more than words can tell,

Listen to the river sing sweet songs,
to rock my soul"

The song I picked for the "quiet reflection" was "Brokedown Palace" by the Grateful Dead (don't tell my Gramma...I think I have her convinced it is one of the "later hymns"...)

Pastor Jack was a Dead-Head! When I met with him before the funeral, I was telling him the music I picked and got to this song and started to think maybe a Priest wouldn't really approve of the Grateful Dead for whatever reason...So, I was, like, "Um....it's a nice song...very pretty...about 5 minutes long...it's..about a river...it's...um...called...um...'Brokedown Palace'..." He responded by SINGING it to me then telling me that he's see the Dead 30 times or something! Awesome...

Anyway.

"Though I know I'll never lose affection,
For people and things that went before
,
I know I'll often stop and think about them,
In my life I love you more..."

The funeral ended with "There Are Places I Remember" by the Beatles. I picked it mostly for the way it FEELS rather than the lyrics (although I love the lyrics too). It makes me think of love and friendship and happy memories...it's sort of wistful, but again, it has that element of hope that makes me feel better...

I just checked my thesaurus for a better word than "hope." Faith jumped out at me...

Interesting.

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