Good ‘upbeat’ funeral songs
While I’ve been in the hospital nine times so far this year — and probably have at least two more trips coming up — I hope I’m not going anywhere just yet. But as I was just thinking about updating my will, the song, “Thank You For Being a Friend” by Andrew Gold came to mind. I think it would be an excellent song to play at the end of my funeral:
Many years ago when I was first studying Zen and got sick, I thought the song “Circle Game” by Joni Mitchell would be good at a funeral — the whole “circle of life” thing — but now I think that’s way too depressing.
These days I’m just grateful for the good friends I’ve met in this lifetime, and I wouldn’t want to bring people down with a song like that. (I don’t even listen to it myself any more.)
A few more good songs
Just looking at my music collection, here are a few other potentially good songs:
- I Have a Dream, by Abba (a little corny, but I like it)
- Blaze of Glory, by Bon Jovi (could be good, for the right person)
- Sea of Love, The Honeydrippers
- Overjoyed, Stevie Wonder
- With a Little Help From My Friends, The Beatles
- Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles
- Just the Way You Are, Billy Joel
- Beyond the Sea, Bobby Darin
- Soar, Christina Aguilera
- Keep on Singing My Song, Christina Aguilera
- Walk of Life, Dire Straits
- Praise You, Fat Boy Slim
- Aquarius (Let the Sun Shine In), Fifth Dimension
- Young at Heart, Frank Sinatra
- Coming Out of the Dark, Gloria Estefan
Some of those are a stretch, but I just looked through my music collection and saw them.
Their music collection
Update: It might be even better to play songs from the deceased person’s iTunes/music collection, especially their highest-rated songs. What better way to know a person (and to acknowledge them) than to know their favorites songs and how they are organized?