Damn it just hit me as I was scrolling through my jazz collection, a new and better way to leave the here and now. Let’s have a jazz march from the house to the incinerator! Everyone can charge up his or her wheel chair batteries at our place, grab another drink, and follow the coffin. Oh this is getting better by the moment – I will go out in a horse-drawn carriage!
In front of my carriage will be a New Orleans style brass jazz band. I can hear the music: “Amazing Grace”, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”, “West Lawn Dirge”, “Down By the Riverside”, “In the Sweet Bye and Bye”, “Jesus on the Mainline”, and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”.
May have to import a professional mourner from New Orleans to lead the procession but heck it is only money and I can’t take it with me.
After my time in the incinerator you all can head back to the house. Again, think of the music that can be played on the return trip. Music like “Didn’t He Ramble” and “When the Saints Go Marching In”. I wonder what it would cost to have the Young Men Olympian Junior Benevolent Association, in traditional black suits and white gloves, lead everyone back to the house?
We definitely covered a few miles of West Texas I-10 while I was thinking where I wanted my last resting place to be. I been fortunate to see a lot of beautiful places in this world but I decided I want to make my final resting place the same as my starting point – the desert of Tucson.
Now don’t go getting excited about my funeral party and start planning what you are going to wear because as I told Nancy when we first met, “I am going to fight death every step of the way”. I will be here for a long time to come.
Note: I own all the above music except for the Queen song. Shouldn’t be hard to put together this play list before I pass through the pearly gates. I have always been an optimist.
Update: So far I have transferred 5,713 songs, which would take 49.6 days to listen to per I-Tunes and these songs take up 21.7 GB of space on my computer. Have approximately 100 CD and 120 albums remaining to load to my computer.
My IPod has three Road Music play lists: (1) Motown, (2) Rock, and (3) Night Rock for when darkness surrounds you and it is time to crank the volume.
I am against Congress making any new laws but I do have one I believe would save lives. No Jimi Hendrix allowed while driving. Playing air guitar along with Jimi while driving at 80 miles per hours is much more dangerous than texting.
Cool thought: By the time I leave this world hopefully the science of holograms will have been perfected so that my image can walk among all of you and talk to each of you during my funeral!
I own three CDs that I bought for a single song:
1) “New York State of Mind” by Mark Almond on The Last and Live
This recording is so much more moody than Billy Joel’s. If there was ever a time in your life when you were alone in a crowd you will relate to the music and lyrics of this song.
2) “Night Moves” by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band on Night Moves
I probably remember my teenage years as being better than they were.
3) “Still Got the Blues” by Gary Moore on Still Got the Blues
I am not a big fan of recorded blues. However, at least 50% of the live music Nancy and I listen to has been the blues. We have had some great nights in Blues’ bars in Chicago, New York, DC and anywhere Will is playing. If you don’t have the blues before you listen to this recording you will after.
What music recordings did you buy for a single song?