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Thursday, November 10, 2005

I'm Not Dead Yet

We've had another excellent community playlist posted over at BlogCritics and the Radish, this time on the topic of songs you'd like to have played at your funeral. I had it narrowed down to "Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and "Orange Sky" by Alexi Murdoch. Here's what I wrote for the article:

I can't say that I ever really thought about what song I'd like to be played at my funeral, but this is the one. No, you can't dance to it, and it won't make you laugh or even chuckle. It's a very emotional song and although I am a fun person, more than anything else I would want to thank the people in my life who had shown me love. Alexi sings, in very nearly a whisper, "I had a dream I stood beneath an orange sky, with my brother standing by," and then crescendoes with "my salvation lies in your love." In the end it's a song of optimism, hope and above all the bonds that hold us together. Sure, it might make them all cry, but somebody better be crying at my funeral.

People have a lot of different ideas about what happens at death. Ultimately I'd want my family and friends to know that I treasured their love and friendship and would hope that they felt the same.

Listen to the group playlist (includes "Orange Sky")

Listen to just "Orange Sky" and "Over the Rainbow"


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