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12 December 2013 @ 10:09 pm
Advent calendar post - Day 12. Who said I was grown-up?  
I accept that the "fake" signer at Nelson Mandela's memorial was wildly inappropriate, but the whole idea of random weirdness at a funeral really makes me laugh and I'd like to think that Mandela had a sense of humour too.

So I've been thinking about how I'd like my funeral to go. I don't want fake sign, though; I'd prefer a mime to accompany the eulogy. Or interpretive dance. The music should be much more celebratory too. Why have Pachelbel's Canon in D when you could have Michael Jackson singing Don't Stop Till You Get Enough?

During my father's funeral, at one point the minister announced he was going to play a sung version of The Lord's Prayer; instead what echoed through the hall was Simon and Garfunkel singing "Hello darkness my old friend". Dad always had trouble with technology and this made us feel like he was letting us know that he was still with us. I'd prefer

Admit it - wouldn't you love to rickroll your own funeral?
Current Mood: mischievousmischievous
Newsy: cheekynewsy891 on December 12th, 2013 01:28 pm (UTC)
I wholeheartedly approve of this post! Also it has me trying to decide what should be in the show-tune selection that shall be pumped at full volume during my wake =)
miwahni: Sherlock Xmas Mycroftmiwahni on December 13th, 2013 02:21 pm (UTC)
Be Back Soon, from Oliver? *g* To Life, from Fiddler? I'm sure you'll think of something a lot more creative than those.
Newsy: Rentnewsy891 on December 13th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
Those work quite nicely, as they're both shows I've been in =D

Perhaps also "The Woman's Dead" from Curtains - it's morbidly hilarious! And while we're on the morbidly hilarious theme, "Cell Block Tango" from Chicago (same people wrote Chicago and Curtains, by the way). And "I'm Alive" from Next To Normal, and for the serious one that gets sung live at the funeral, "No Day But Today" from Rent.
miwahni: Christmas reindeermiwahni on December 14th, 2013 01:03 pm (UTC)
Those work quite nicely, as they're both shows I've been in =D
That's why I picked them *g*. Off to google the others you've mentioned right now.
Trepkostrepkos on December 12th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
Bela Lugosi is Dead, for me!
miwahni: Sherlock Xmas Molly's bagmiwahni on December 13th, 2013 02:22 pm (UTC)
*runs off to youtube*

*runs back* .Hmm, good choice! Especially if you stipulated that you wanted the music vid screened as well.
moonlightmead on December 12th, 2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
I know what songs I would like, but since I won't be there, I am doubtful that I'll get my way!

Friends tell me (with great delight) that they were at the cremation service of a long-time fan, and as the coffin slid away, the first few chords of her favourite show were blasted out at high volume. Instantly recognisable. Apparently half the attenders looked appalled, and the other half collapsed into giggles...
miwahni: Dr Who Snow TARDISmiwahni on December 13th, 2013 02:04 pm (UTC)
You know what? That's awesome! Imagine if you had the wheezy sound of the TARDIS, gradually getting softer and softer as your coffin slid from view. Yeah, I could go with that.
moonlightmead on December 14th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, awesome, yes! Tardis noises it will be!