Up until two weeks ago, I had devoted exactly zero seconds to thinking about my final song, so it was incredibly difficult for me to choose a song that Id deem worthy of being played at my funeral. So difficult, in fact, that I actually spent two full weeks scouring my digital library, missing my first CoS deadline as I searched for the elusive tune that would jump out and smack me in the face–the perfect song to encompass my exact beliefs on life and death.
It couldnt be cliché, like The Doors Break On Through or Rod Stewarts Forever Young. It couldnt be too much of a downer, because funerals are already sad enough and I want mine to celebrate a life lived fully. The song would have to be by an artist I listen to and respect; although U2 has plenty of adequate songs, I dont listen to the band and it just wouldnt make sense to any of my friends or family. And, of course, the song couldnt feature storytelling lyrics that narrate some real or fictional characters circumstance unless it completely paralleled mine.
I sought help, taking a poll of my Facebook friends and acquaintances, and received 20 responses within 10 minutes. However, most suggestions were too typical and none fit me. Clearly, the only solution would be to create a mashup of several songs featuring relevant lyrics by some of my favorite artists.
I know more than I knew before
I didn’t rest I didn’t stop
“I Feel It All”, Feist
Society, youre a crazy breed
I hope youre not lonely without me
“Society”, Eddie Vedder
Between two lungs it was released
The breath that captured me
The sigh that blew me forward
“Between Two Lungs”, Florence and the Machine
I want to live where soul meets body
And let the sun wrap its arms around me
“Soul Meets Body”, Death Cab for Cutie
You carry on
This is her song
This is a song for no one
“Song For No One”, Miike Snow
Ob-la-di, Ob-La-Da, Life goes on
La la how the life goes on
“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”, The Beatles
Get to work, Gregg Gillis.