I Don't know who else to ask. My brother in law recently died suddenly, and I'm de-facto in charge of planning his funeral services. He was an Athiest, and this is a very religious family, but all of his siblings are very insistent that this be a secular funeral (which has put me in hot water with some of the extended family) with music he loved.
For the most part I've got this. One thing his sisters all insist on is that we include Some Weird Al music in the service. They mentioned System of a Down too, but that was a LOT EASIER than trying to think of what Weird Al song may be remotely appropriate for this kind of thing without seeming outright disrespectful.
Any tips on deep cuts? I love White and Nerdy as much as the next guy, but as non-traditional as I am prepared to make this funeral, I can't see any of his songs fitting into the rest of the playlist I've created.
>Wash your mouth out. Scum.
he was trying to give you genuinely good advice by pointing you to a group of people who love weird al and might be able to point you to some little known gem which wouldn't be completely awful to play during a funeral
because let's be honest, as far as funeral tunes go, system of a down and weird al do not for an appealing or tasteful setlist make, in fact it's something you would expect to see in a black comedy
There's a lot of other less-problematic music on the playlist. Simple Man, Old man by Neil Young, The Logical Song by Supertramp, and a whole album I have of symphonic Zelda songs.
If I had any interest in that cesspool, I'd be there. System of a Down actually isn't that bad. They have a couple slower tempo more contemplative songs. But weird al is just so silly. My brother in law was silly too, so I guess it makes sense. My sister in law is going through some old messages of his to find where he specifically mentioned some of his favorite Al songs. So I think I will just use those and put them at the very end of the service.
What do you want played at your funeral?
I downloaded that one just because I, myself like it so much. But I'll probably end up using it. He did spend part of his childhood in a Mormon paradise. Seems somewhat relevant.
I'll look up your suggestion, but the secular thing isn't completely related to the music thing. All we know of his music tastes is what we're using. I mean I'm a big fan of Chopin, Debussy and Tchacovsky, but it's not something my family would have known if I passed away.
The Symphonic Zelda is have is really, really nice, and I know he would have liked that, and his sisters have suggested some perfectly appropriate acoustic songs. It's not like the whole service is going to be crazy shit. If you're 55 and raised Roman Catholic, though, it might be kind jarring.
Listening. Enjoying. Thanks.
>Soldiers Side Intro
I learned to play this on the bass way back in the day. I put it on a mix CD for my mom, and even she liked it.
I concur, but my 3 sisters, his 3 sisters, all insist he was their favorite, and so should be represented. He was a goofy guy, and would have chuckled to see the reactions of the hardcore Roman Catholic kin. I think this earlier anon's suggestion:
Is the best solution. Otherwise I'm just going to take 2 or 3 of his favorite Al songs and play them at the end.
I don't know what kind of person he was, but I personally would love Everything You Know Is Wrong to play at my funeral. It perfectly captures the absurdity of life. Albuquerque is a fun, pretty safe one to play too.