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Friday, April 30. 2010
Last week I was at a Memorial Service where the song “Wind Beneath My Wings” was very fittingly sung about the lessons she transmitted to her family with her life.
Since, it has been running about my mind, what song would I want sung at my Memorial Service (besides “Hit The Road Jack”).
Yesterday, while driving I was listening to a local AM station that has classic songs of the ‘40s and ‘50s. I was struck by the rendition of “We’ll Meet Again”, sung by Anne Murray. As an older father, I try to communicate to my sons the optimism, positive thinking and perseverance that I have lived and believe will be central to their futures, and hope that will guide them and serve as their remembrance.
The words seem to ably sum it up:
Research has it that the song was one of the most popular in
Since, many have recorded the song. My selections below the fold -
Here’s Julie Andrews, replying to Dick Van Dyke how the song encapsulates her childhood memories in the bomb shelter, then singing “We'll Meet Again.”
Here’s Vera Lynn’s original, accompanied by the photos of those listening:
Here’s the song accompanied by photos of US troops and their children upon the parent parting to or returning from
Here’s The Byrds’ rendition:
I’ve made my choice of my Memorial Service song.What’s yours?
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While I cannot find any verification on the WWW, I recall Johnny Carson saying during his final days on the Tonight Show that this was one of his favorite songs.
...but that's today --and probably Gillian Welch's old-timey homespun radiance.
"We'll Meet Again" is a pretty strong choice tho. Talk about a fully-felt song.
Kubrick used Vera Lynn's version to close Dr. Strangelove.
Buddy, IMHO Kubrick's film was absurd, though meant to poke others as absurd.
In any case, I prefer to look forward, as I said above. Hence my choice of renditions and videos.
oops --i accidentally put Gillian Welch in twice --i had meant to incluse the Kossoy Sisters' version:
Those gals can really sing --one sings mezzo soprano and other a soprano harmony, often on the back beat --or down beat --or countrapuntal --or whatever it's called --
they do old-time Appalachia music --accompany themselves on guitar and banjo. Did their first album when they were 17 and then went off to school, marriage, children, careers, and so forth and then 50 some-odd years later got together and made a second album. They had decided not to rush things, you see. T-Bone Burnett the genius behind the O Brother music (the Coen Bros masterwork) got them into the film soundtrack with this song.
BK, i sorta agree on Kubrick --i liked him a whole lot when i was younger but as i grow older there's something dark about him --i don't mean the intentional black humor but something else. can't quite put my finger on it.
Good stuff, Buddy. I've become increasingly attracted to that sort of music - and often, the earlier the better. There's an album, maybe I downloaded it from Amazon or bought it someplace, I forget (since the number of functioning brain cells diminishes seemingly by the hour) called "Raw Pre-War Gospel - American Primitive" in two volumes. Check it out.
skook, scroll down about halfway to the "listener's page"
skook, also, search [ alan lomax ]
or just go here:
you probably know, but this is the guy who traveled to north American continent with his new-fangled recording dee-vices getting the real old timey stuff stuff onto the wax --his work is in the Library of Congress so you better get a copy toot sweet before some senator steals it.
do NOT go here, unless your Saturday chores is all finished !
It's one of my favorites too, Gringo. In case anyone is interested, that marvelous British TV series, Foyle's War with Michael Kitchen, is returning on Sunday with three more episodes. I love that series, for its courageous grittiness and realism about WWII, which has dimmed in the memories of almost all of us, but was an amazing period in our history that cost us more than 140,000 American lives killed in combat. Worth watching, if you haven't already.
Thanks for the heads up on Foyle's War Marianne. I am a fan of that series as well.
For the memorial service: "Sing Unto God" from Handel's oratorio, "Judas Maccabaeus."
For the party afterward: "The Way You Look Tonight," as written by Kern/Field and sung by frank Sinatra.
yup, Judas Maccabeus is right up there...
Of course, now BK has made me download some Vera Lynn stuff.
I think I've singlehandedly paid for Jeff Bezos' yacht.
Into the Mystic - Van Morrison. BTW, I love this blog. Thanks.
I was thinking "It's the end of the world as we know it but I feel fine" by REM
"I Can See Clearly Now," Johnny Nash or Willie Nelson's version.
Breakfast by The Newsboys:
Breakfast clubbers, drop the hankies.
Though to some our friend was odd,
that day he bought those pine pajamas
his check was good with God.
Those here without the Lord,
how do you cope?
For this morning we don't mourn
like those who have no hope
Big House by Audio Adrenaline
Both are really fun songs. I want people to remember me and try not laughing, 'cause I will be.
While quite a nice song, I unfortunately (or fortunately) will always associate it with the exploding of nuclear bombs. Dr. Strangelove made sure of that!
Ah well, I want this tune played before I'm planted as I'm leaving the church.
Then I want this tune played as I'm being planted.
I told the Mrs. that I would haunt her if she didn't. :>)
My wife keeps telling me she plans to play this one at mine:
The song belongs to the generation that lived through the blitz, it still means so much to many Brits.
I have always like Vera Lynn.
How about Dust in the Wind (by Kansas)?
A couple years ago I found a used CD in a music store titled "Stage Door Canteen." It has a bunch of songs from the WWII era along with some lighter favorites. That was a great find for a fiver.
"Be Still, My Soul" (Finlandia)
Thanks for reminding me about Link Wray. I've been looking for a copy of something I used to have on LP by Robert Gordon with Link Wray, containing both "Red Hot" and "Sea Cruise," and although I struck out on iTunes I found a double album on Amazon that had both songs. "My gal is red-hot, your gal ain't doodly-squat."
Good link to the American Primitive recordings, too. "This Time Another Year You May Be Gone." Anyone who enjoys that really should check out a six-volume set called "Goodbye, Babylon." The last I checked, Amazon didn't carry it, but a Google search should turn up a supplier. A lot of primitive stuff , but also some terrific doo-wah numbers like the Golden Gate Gospel Train and "Daniel Saw de Stone."
On the subject of positive thinking...the most requested memorial/funeral song in Britain is Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life":
The British sense of humour is captured in the verse:
Life's a piece of shit,
When you look at it.
Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true.
You'll see it's all a show,
Keep 'em laughing as you go.
Just remember that the last laugh is on you.