I’m a real strange guy sometimes (other people may have a difference of opinion) but who do you know that listens to a song on an Ipod and thinks, “Man, that would be a great song for my funeral!”
I said that exact thing to my wife tonight and she looked at me with that ‘you are gone’ kind of look.
Now I’m not obsessed with “getting my halo” but isn’t it at least human to think about it now and then?
Maybe it’s even normal . . .
Or maybe I’m just in love with all the wonderfully and mortally-challenged euphemisms associated with “sleeping with the quiches”. (so much for the overuse of adverbs, right?)
I’ll admit that thinking about caskets and what to wear for that “eternal suit” is out a bit there (Wake me in my favorite “Jazz” shirt with Ornette Coleman on it, please) and may actually signal a need for serious professional help but I’m thinking about this from an entertainment angle.
Alright, many “earth baths” are dreadfully sad.
With all the nasty diseases that plague this planet there are arguably more “sad” deaths than “happy” ones, if you know what I mean.
Maybe I feel the way I do because of the way my mother died; which unfortunately is the same way my father will die.
That really sucks and there’s nothing remotely funny there.
But some of the memories are funny; and we need desperately to remember some of those. We have to.
I want people to walk out of the church after my service and say, “Man, what an awesome funeral! Great tunes and I never laughed so much in my life!”
I sell Lenny Clarke cigars; maybe he’d do my eulogy for a box of Arturo Fuente Chateau’s.
I can only hope.
Death is just way too serious a thing for me, I guess.
I honestly think that when you “mail in your final warranty card” you also put an end to all of the never-ending bullshit you could never deal with when you were actually breathing.
Obviously, breathing was something you immensely enjoyed doing but hey, that’s all over now, buddy.
Maybe you get gills in the afterlife.
It’s all just a big maybe because no one really knows (except for maybe Smith, a closet theologian at heart)
I don’t mean to make light of taking part in singing with the angels but it is part of the overall human experience.
All I ask is that my family sees me off with a few laughs, as long as I go somewhat naturally.
Is that so wrong?
Once again, another big maybe . . .
If you’re curious about what song inspired this post
(and you like a cappella religious/gospel music ala Take Six) check out Eventide.
There are a few copies selling for pretty cheap and I have to say the singing/arranging is quite impressive.
Amazing actually . . .
Check out “For All the Saints”, a song you’ve heard many times before but never like this.
I thank my buddy Eliud for the CD.
Made my ride home easy tonight . . .
(Talk about scraping the bottom of the blogging barrel for a post, huh?)