Among the moving memorial services I have been to throughout my life, many have included, or concluded with, a musical piece that is either performed live or played through the sound system. We all know when it happens the waterworks really kick in, and that one song or melody that is introduced as that person's favorite song seems to always be the perfect song to describe that person. The final piece to the puzzle, and in many cases, the key to the real person you may not have had a chance to get to know. Sometimes, it's exactly 180 deg from what you'd expect.
A single cellist playing a somber tune. A pianist playing while a small child sings a gospel song, or a full on band playing a song without vocals being sung at all to signify a voice silenced. Seen them all, and all were powerful moments in their own way. One time in particular, the song "Over the Rainbow" was sung by a guy's two daughters, one of them playing guitar. It was awesome.
So, If you could only have one piece of music played, or spare no expense to bring in an artist(s) to play it live, who would it be? What song would it be? How do you want to be remembered through a particular piece of music?
Now, most of you know I am a huge Rush fan, and there are several bands and songs that would say what I needed to say. But in my mind, there is absolutely no female vocalist on the planet that can sing as perfectly as Miss Alison Krauss. (Plus, she would look really awesome in a black dress.) I had a chance to hear her sing live with Union Station, and I wept like a baby. Perfect pitch, and a tone that can cut you like a knife. An insanely talented and beautiful woman.
I am also a huge Heart fan, so naturally when these artists combined it produced a very special meaning for me. Of note: I enjoy this particular song as it featured Nancy on lead vocal for the first time in Heart history. To me it signifies an insertion of surprising talent and a fresh perspective into a situation already thought to have been complete and decided. A life trait I have aspired to, and one that means that when you think things are fine how they are, to never assume that somebody can't make something better than it already is.
So, when I pass on, attendees at my funeral would witness something like this...
"...Seattle has become the capital city of the New NFL" - Kip Earlywine Remembering "The Radish"...