Take Me Out Singing

musings 250_edited-1Probably one of my favorite sayings is “If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans.”  Well, that kind of applies to this installment of Music Musings.  I had planned on this musing to be the launch of what I hope will be a supplement to my regular column called “Five Questions with _____”.  Well, the writing gods (small g) had different plans.  I can’t get the intro out of my head and into the computer.  Also, I haven’t exactly asked people if they would be willing to do answer my five questions.  We shall write no column before its time.

My wife’s 98 year old grandmother passed away this week, so we have been involved with visitation, funeral arrangements, etc.  The family asked my wife to sing during the service so we have been trying to come up with a song and decide to do it live, and whether to use accompaniment.

As we were driving back from the visitation last night, it got me thinking – “What songs do I want to have played at my funeral?” There are the deeply religious songs such as “Amazing Grace” or “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder.”  I have heard of folks playing the Southern rock national anthem “Freebird”.  While I love Freebird – I think it would drag the service out just a little too long.

I want my songs to be happy songs.  If anyone dares to play that damn Happy song by the dude with the funky hat – I will haunt you.  If I make it past 70, celebrate that fact!  I want upbeat songs by my favorite artists such as Van Halen, Chapin, Buffett, McAnally, etc. My life has already been blessed immeasurably, and I’ve still got time to go.

There is one song that is a requirement though – The Dance by Garth Brooks.  While the tempo and the beginning piano make it seem maudlin, it really isn’t.  It basically says that I wouldn’t have changed anything – I’m content.

I realize this musing is a little different than my others, but as I have said before – my mind can take some unexpected turns.  Think about what song you want played/sung at your celebration.

About Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton started Music Musings in 2013, but isn’t a stranger to music. While he may be a mild mannered accountant by day, he always has tunes going and forces his staff at work to play music trivia when they enter his office. He is a self-proclaimed lover of all music genres with over 3,500 songs in his iPod. Zach’s first concert was Eddie Money in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym in 1979 and claims to have seen Van Halen (all three incarnations) over 25 times. There have only been one or two years since 1979 that Zach hasn’t been to a concert. He also has the uncanny knack of getting to know several folks in the music scene – both out front and behind the scenes. Zach is in the process of indoctrinating his two boys into the rock and roll way by exposing them to concerts and various music while holding them hostage in his truck screaming the mantra – “rap is crap!”

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