"I knew there was one name my friends could never call me. They could never
call me shallow. They seemed determined to wear that one themselves."On the contrary, it is a very shallow, erroneous, and self-absorbed way
of thinking to judge all things secular as "shallow" simply because they
do not necessarily include traditionally religious songs.
My stepfather specifically requested 'I Did It My Way' be played at
his funeral. It was very appropriate to him and his life. It meant a lot to
the people he left behind. There were a few hymns too - none of which I now
remember. I am a religious person yet my personal list contains Van Morrison
(no stranger to hymns actually) and Mark Knopfler. This is a
strange article for me. Who sits down and decides it's a good idea to
spend an hour or so pontificating about the funeral song selections of others?
I wonder if Mr. Johnston would strike up this conversation at a backyard BBQ
with friends never mind push it out to thousands he doesn't know. It seems
a deeply personal subject to me.I realize this is an opinion piece
but I can't help thinking the blogification of journalism continues apace.
Amazing Grace was played at my dad's funeral, but he could have been one of
those guys who buried in his Corvette, too. "My Way" would
have been appropriate, as well, and though he was not at all religious, my hunch
is that he's just fine. Is the primary purpose of funerals to
celebrate the deceased's life? Or to reinforce religious belief's for
those left behind?
Apparently the top 10 list of songs is from a UK organization called
Co-operative Funeralcare. I notice the writer does not mention songs by artists
not well-known in America like Westlife and Robbie Williams. I am surprised that
the writer did not mention two other popular songs on the list that would go
against his thesis: "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "We'll
Meet Again", both of which have a more spiritual, if not necessarily
Christian, bent.This appears to be a list of individual recordings
that are popular at funerals in the UK. Are live performances of hymns even
counted? Are songs that might have many different recordings counted as a song,
or is each recording counted separately?I really don't think
there's a lot of conclusions that can be made from the list.I'm leaning towards "Aloha Oe" for my own funeral.