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Hard News: The Music for Occasions

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  • Sacha, in reply to Paul Williams,

    imagine a return home to a kiwiana soundtrack

    Another whole post. More choices than Dobbyn.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16759 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    I can't say I've ever given this much thought, because LA LA LA I AM NEVER DYING I CAN'T HEAR YOU MORTALITY DOESN'T EXIST. Ahem. But obviously:

    Then something appropriately epic, which also turns into a dance party. Um...

    The lullabye I sing to my children:

    Sadness and fragility:

    The reason I met my husband:

    The most important life lesson I can impart:

    And Cole Porter says it best:

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3661 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Danielle,

    I can’t say I’ve ever given this much thought, because LA LA LA I AM NEVER DYING I CAN’T HEAR YOU MORTALITY DOESN’T EXIST. Ahem. But obviously:

    Ah! I picked 'Do You Realize?' when I was interviewed on a Christian radio show recently. Of course that should be there.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18964 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Danielle,

    Great Danielle. All your musics belongs to me. Well, you know what I mean.

    Was wondering which Bowie I'd pick. This is a bit obvious maybe.

    But for pretty much any occasion you care to mention, I'd play this.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2144 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to JacksonP,

    It totally isn't a funeral without a funky song about coke-fuelled paranoia, amirite?

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3661 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Fisher, in reply to Chip Matthews,

    Chip whenever I got homesick living in the mountains in Europe I would play 'Waka'.. must be those drums !

    Waterview • Since Jan 2009 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    I failed to represent NZ at all, didn't I? How about this:

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3661 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to JacksonP,

    But for pretty much any occasion you care to mention, I’d play this.

    Yes. That one.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18964 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Fisher,

    how about the late, great Etta James

    Waterview • Since Jan 2009 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Danielle,

    Yes, I'm developing a keen sense of irony.

    So this?

    But definitely this.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2144 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Aston,

    Man its going to be one long funeral so far...
    They are going to be dancing in the aisles. They will be crying and laughing, shaking their bodies, praying and meditating... hey I think I can sniff that faint wiff of weed in the air...
    And someone selling tee shirts by the exit.
    Sounding like a really good gig , Ok who's first?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 503 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    Umm ... this is supposed to be a thread about music for turning 50 to, not really a funeral - more like an excuse for an epic party

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2174 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    Umm … this is supposed to be a thread about music for turning 50 to, not really a funeral – more like an excuse for an epic party

    Like I need an excuse! But yeah, it wasn't meant to be solely about funeral playlists. I'mma have a PARTY on Saturday.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18964 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    We had a great turning 50 party, didn't really tell anyone, called it a 'solstice party' and over did the prep a little more than usual and had a great time - my usual party music list solution is to simply place a chosen pile of CD's by the CD player and switch them in/out 5 at a time every couple of hours.

    My partner is 6 months older, by the time I become any particular age 'we' have already worked through the angst ....

    Friends rented a hall and a band who played 60s oldies - completely missing the audience by a decade ..... grumbling ensued

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2174 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Aston, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    Umm … this is supposed to be a thread about music for turning 50 to, not really a funeral – more like an excuse for an epic party

    Oh ....
    Sorry Russell killed you off a bit soon .

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 503 posts Report Reply

  • Chip Matthews, in reply to Joe Fisher,

    Word! The first time I went to england to see my brothers after my Dad passed, I would spend days walking around listenin to either Che's 2 b s'pacific, or Roots Manuva's brand new second hand. Both albums were the perfect soundtrack for me during those months away from home, my Ma and sis

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Richard Aston,

    event mgmt...

    And someone selling tee shirts by the exit.

    Death Merch!
    Now there is a growth trend
    for you early adopters...
    ...tee shirts, cups, coasters,
    mixtapes, cards, posters,
    cookbooks & teatowels...
    putting the FUN back in funerary!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5049 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I'mma have a PARTY on Saturday.

    Fiddy, innit? Right then. I'm leadin' out with this...

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2144 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Aston, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Death Merch!
    Now there is a growth trend
    for you early adopters…
    …tee shirts, cups, coasters,
    mixtapes, cards, posters,
    cookbooks & teatowels…
    putting the FUN back in funerary!

    Not to mention the DVD sales , action figures ( of the deceased) and oh the sponsorship deals " Dieing for a Coke "

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 503 posts Report Reply

  • Alec Morgan,

    50th, it’s your party RB, sprinkling of history maybe but think–what do you really like and what do you mostly play these days, or, return to in party mode? don’t pander to the punters, just blast it.

    Funerals tend to be a bit ‘Desert Island Disc’. “Another one bites the dust” attempts at humour and lachrymose sentiment. How about a dignified approach such as Eno’s “Music for Airports”.

    Tokerau Beach • Since Nov 2006 • 105 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Russell Brown,

    But yeah, it wasn't meant to be solely about funeral playlists. I'mma have a PARTY on Saturday.

    Both at once. This played at my 21st. I'd like it to play at my funeral. (Though that will largely be down to my Musical Director and my overall Artistic Director. He threatened Whitesnake, hence the appointment of a Musical Director.)

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4369 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,


    Anytime, Any day will do. Actually, all of the Album.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6267 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    Bowie for funerals? For me it has to be this:

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 706 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Isabel Hitchings,

    Bowie for funerals? For me it has to be this:

    If I had to pick a David Jones song to say goodbye to, I'd be edging towards this:

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3208 posts Report Reply

  • Kris V, in reply to JacksonP,

    I'mma have a PARTY on Saturday.

    Fiddy, innit? Right then. I'm leadin' out with this...

    I always liked this version...

    Me & the hubcap are currently planning our 20th wedding anniversary gig... we'll be having it at our friends' bar, with 3-4 local bands & a DJ (all friends of ours) providing hours & hours of musical goodness ranging from jazz to pop, from folk to dubstep. It's a damn fine excuse for a party - as is yours! Cheers/congrats etc :)

    Shakeytown • Since Nov 2008 • 61 posts Report Reply

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