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Hard News: The Music for Occasions

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  • JacksonP, in reply to Chip Matthews,

    This was played at the funeral of a friend

    The thought has me in tears. Anything by Jeff Buckley has a 'gone too soon' feel to it, but I've always thought his version of Hallelujah would be good.

    But I think he took that up a level when he mixed it into 'I know it's over' by The Smiths. Pure angst. And I love it.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2068 posts Report Reply

  • andrew r,

    ....I'm 50 years old a week from today. I know, I know, I don't look it -- I'm lucky in that sense -- ....

    Dude ! lols .

    My funeral tune ...hmmm maybe .. NWA fk the Police --- may as well go out with a bang. Or maybe Look Know by The fall.
    Although so far, best tune chosen here --- Simply Red ..If you don't know me by now --- inspired.

    auckland • Since May 2007 • 73 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to JacksonP,

    Anything by Jeff Buckley

    and anything by Mr Cohen

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15711 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    My friend Pete Darlington approached such a birthday by choosing a track for every year of his life and giving his friends the mixtape, but he has a librarian's training and I'm not that systematic.

    Heh, that damned thing took 18 months and nearly killed me! I do not recommend... The best thing about it was that some mutual friends of ours daughter took ownership of it and promptly started getting into music. The list is here BTW.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 868 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to DeepRed,

    I'm really sorry about your sister, DR x

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Chip Matthews,

    Beautiful. And what's Teremoana up to these days?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15711 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to andrew r,

    I’m 50 years old a week from today. I know, I know, I don’t look it – I’m lucky in that sense

    Dude ! lols .

    Well, people do keep telling me this. It's the hair.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17936 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    I had a lovely fan experience recently when I decided that for that set I really needed a high-quality copy of the legendary Bobby Busnach‘s remix of Donna Summer’s ’I Feel Love’

    I can't even listen to it. I have joytears prickling at my eyes just thinking about it.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Actually, the other one that resonates is this by Felt, off 'The Pictorial Jackson Review'. Ahem.

    I'd play it during a slide show of photos. Well, someone would. Hopefully.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2068 posts Report Reply

  • Dan Slevin,

    I'm told that Peter Sellers chose In the Mood for his funeral:

    Inspired by that, my good friend Richard said he'd rather this (and insist on everyone doing the actions):

    As for me, this'll do:

    Wellington, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 94 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to JacksonP,

    Anything by Jeff Buckley has a 'gone too soon' feel to it, but I've always thought his version of Hallelujah would be good.

    Oh, my mother's funeral. My brothers all heavying the celebrant to make absolutely sure that the version of Hallelujah that got played was the Leonard Cohen, not... well, there were some adjectives applied to Buckley. But it was what she would have wanted. She had that, and "Fields of Gold". A year and a half later, and I still can't listen to either song.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4285 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler,

    For comparison, my Dad went out to most of the Orpheus Choir singing this in Wellington Cathedral. And sometimes I wonder why I find it hard to let go of the whole church funeral thing.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 790 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    In the UK at both my Brothers and my Mothers funerals, a week apart FFS, we had to request and source the music through the Funeral Directors, copyright law don't cha know, so the selection was limited. This just added to the sadness and anger.
    Still, nice to know someone was making money out of it all.
    NOT.
    We will break the law this weekend and sing "Happy Birthday" to Russ without paying royalties.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4437 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Still, nice to know someone was making money out of it all.
    NOT.

    Not. Really not.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17936 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    even death is eventually about copyright..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15711 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    In the UK at both my Brothers and my Mothers funerals, a week apart FFS, we had to request and source the music through the Funeral Directors, copyright law don’t cha know, so the selection was limited. This just added to the sadness and anger.

    That's one advantage to a live-music funeral that I hadn't thought of. At least then even if you do end up paying, you're paying musicians.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 790 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    We will break the law this weekend and sing “Happy Birthday” to Russ without paying royalties.

    Had a friend send footage he took to his parents in the UK. It was his childs birthday.Everyone gathered around and sang "Happy Birthday".
    He got an email a short time later with a "take down request" because of the song used.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 5690 posts Report Reply

  • Chip Matthews, in reply to Sacha,

    Man, dunno. I think some tele stuff and still performing with King Kapisi. Would LOVE for Tere to do an album

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Karen Crisp, in reply to Dan Slevin,

    I considered having 'In the Mood' by Glenn Miller played at my father's funeral, but in the end chose Johnny Cash for carrying out the coffin. Hardly a dry eye..

    Auckland • Since May 2008 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to James Butler,

    That’s one advantage to a live-music funeral that I hadn’t thought of. At least then even if you do end up paying, you’re paying musicians.

    It's really not about the paying, it's the concept of "Ownership" I have a problem with. All Music is derivative but a performance stands alone, even if you record a performance you are not forcing the musicians to perform again without payment and now that the cost of recording is, virtually, nothing, I see no excuse for profiteering, especially in the case of funerals.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4437 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew Moore,

    There's not a dry eye in the house as I'm wheeled out to this....

    Ak • Since Jan 2007 • 9 posts Report Reply

  • Gregor Ronald,

    Grateful Dead's "Attics Of My Life" deserves an occasion. I once went to a helicopter pilot's funeral, where Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings" was cheesy but just the thing - not a dry eye in the place. And nothing matches Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust" for skiing bumps.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 62 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Not sure about relevance, but this one always gets me. Might have to insist that Romanek's spectacular clip is played too.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15711 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    I will be carried in to this:

    then mourners will be treated to this:

    and then this:

    with a bit of this;

    And I will be carried out to this:

    And I expect everyone to sing along to all of these songs.

    And there will be ALL Simply Red playing at the wake.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew E,

    Depending on the circumstances (aside from death), Arvo Part's Cantus in Memoriam for Benjamin Britten always sends a shiver down my spine.

    When my sister was a naughty teenager she suggested she'd like Prince's Darling Nikki at hers. I'd like to think she's moved on from that now...

    174.77 x 41.28 • Since Sep 2008 • 196 posts Report Reply

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