30 Day Song Challenge, Day 24: A Song You Want To Play At Your Funeral

Well, we covered the happiness of the wedding tunes but what exactly would I want for when I fade away into nothingness?

Believe it or not, I have a playlist on my iPod called “Epitaph” that includes a bunch of songs that I want played either at my viewing or at least the actual funeral. While most are instrumentals, there are a few songs mixed in, including this one:

Genesis – “Afterglow”

I will specifically request that this song be either the last song played before my coffin is closed, at the gravesite near the end of the funeral, etc. I want it to be the final song played in my (dead) presence.

Honorable Mention: Louis Armstrong – “What A Wonderful World”

Depeche Mode – “Stjarna”

30 Day Song Challenge, Day 23: A Song You Would Want to Play at Your Wedding

Well, Ann and I have been married 18 years and our ceremony wasn’t all the pomp and circumstance that many people wish for.

But if I had to do it all again, this would be the one song I would want to have played in the church or wherever the ceremony would be.

Genesis – “Follow You, Follow Me” (1978)

I’ve loved this song from the first time I heard it and it’s stuck with me ever since.

Honorable Mention: John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra – “Throne Room and Ending Titles (from Star Wars)”

I’ve always envisioned this one playing as the ceremony wrapped up and before you ask, no, I’m not a Star Wars nerd. The soundtrack was one of the first LPs I owned and I think I wore out two needles listening to it since, well, it was a 2-LP set – which I still have. This was the one piece from the soundtrack that always gives me goosebumps and still does.

Call me a dork but hey, I know what I like 🙂

30 Day Song Challenge, Day 19: A Song From Your Favorite Album

There aren’t many albums in my collection that I could consider a favorite. It’s not that I love them all, it’s just that with over 8,000 songs on my iPod, I can pretty much listen to anything that strikes me at any given moment.

Sure there are some I prefer more than others but hardly any that I gravitate to as much as Genesis’ Duke.

It’s been my assertion that this was their last great album of the Collins era, even if they recorded five more after it with Calling All Stations being their last (and quite possibly, the worst record of any genre ever recorded). The album just rocks from beginning to end, which wraps up nicely with Duke’s Travels/Duke’s End, a freaking amazing instrumental arrangement that will blow your mind.

But for today, it’s the first track from Side 2 of Duke: “Turn It On Again” (1980)

I love this song to no end and will sing and play air drums along to it, and it is also on my iPod’s Workout playlist in case I need that extra push when I’m out running.

Prog rock. Man, what the hell happened to it?