And when I die...


Music suggestions for my funeral

Don't worry, I'm not planning on going any time soon. But when I *do* die (deliberate Laura Nyro quote there) - and I will, some time in the next fifty years or so - I'd like to have some of my favourite music played at my funeral. Now obviously a) so do most people and b) there's far too much great music for me to ask for a representative selection of stuff that meant something to me, so I've made a list of some of the songs that I would like to think would be played to remember me by. These all have a loosely funereal/elegiac/mournful theme.

  • Last Will And Testament by the inimitable Jake Thackray
  • Seneca Square Dance by Ry Cooder. This was the last track that Danny Baker played on his final Saturday morning show for GLR
  • Let Him Roll by Guy Clark. Guaranteed to make me weep
  • Mother Country by John Stewart. Ditto
  • Forest And The Shore by Keith Christmas. Impeccable musicianship, a great song and a great sentiment
  • Tomorrow by The Three O'Clock - "Memories aren't real today". I love 'Sixteen Tambourines'; glorious power pop
  • Monkberry Moon Delight by Paul McCartney - not the slightest bit sad or sensible. Total bonkerness from the mighty 'Ram' - which is the soundtrack of a brilliant musician, freed from the shackles of his band, just having a damn good time