30 Songs in 30 Days - Day 24

Day 24 - A Song You Want to Play at Your Funeral

There are really two different models for what a funeral can look like. There's the traditional service in a church or a funeral home chapel, with a religious official reading off canned text. There are some awkward prayers, someone who's not used to speaking in front of groups of people trying to bring everyone's spirits up, and uncomfortable conversation over tea and party sandwiches.

And then there's the other model.

A song I want to play at my funeral is "Home for a Rest" by Spirit of the West.

I want my funeral to be a party. Not an Irish wake, exactly — I'm not planning on being propped up in the corner or anything. But I want it to be a joyous occasion, not a sombre one. I want pictures everywhere. I want the walls papered with messages from out-of-town friends who can't be there.

I want stories to be swapped, tales to be told. I want frightening quantities of adult beverages to be imbibed. I want a round of all-Barenaked Ladies karaoke. Oh, and I want the party sandwiches too — you can't beat party sandwiches, especially if they're from the Pickle Barrel.

Most of all, I want this song to be setting the tone, with all its raucous energy and its sing-along chorus.

30 Songs in 30 Days

  1. Your Favourite Song - "American Pie" by Don McLean
  2. Your Least Favourite Song - "Hotel Room Service" by Pitbull
  3. A Song That Makes You Happy - "Legend of a Cowgirl" by Imani Coppola
  4. A Song That Makes You Sad - "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley
  5. A Song That Reminds You of Someone - "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga
  6. A Song That Reminds You of Somewhere - "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads
  7. A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event - "Say it Ain't So" by Weezer
  8. A Song That You Know All the Words To - "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meatloaf
  9. A Song That You Can Dance To - "Babe" by Styx
  10. A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep - "One For My Baby" by Frank Sinatra
  11. A Song From Your Favourite Band - "Unconditional" by jacksoul
  12. A Song From a Band You Hate - "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles
  13. A Song That is a Guilty Pleasure - "Snoopy's Christmas" by The Royal Guardsmen
  14. A Song That No One Would Expect You to Love - "One" by Metallica
  15. A Song That Describes You - "Still Crazy After All These Years" by Paul Simon
  16. A Song That You Used to Love But Now You Hate - "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond
  17. A Song That You Hear Often on the Radio - "1979" by Smashing Pumpkins
  18. A Song That You Wish You Heard on the Radio - "Dance of the Vulnerable" by Gregory Hoskins and the Stickpeople
  19. A Song From Your Favourite Album - "Gulf War Song" by Moxy Früvous
  20. A Song You Listen to When You're Angry - "Bodies" by Drowning Pool
  21. A Song You Listen to When You're Happy - "What the Fuck Was I Thinking" by Jon Levine Band
  22. A Song You Listen to When You're Sad - "Raining in Baltimore" by Counting Crows
  23. A Song You Want to Play at Your Wedding - "Sara Smile" by Hall & Oates
  24. A Song You Want to Play at Your Funeral - "Home for a Rest" by Spirit of the West
  25. A Song That Makes you Laugh
  26. A Song That You Can Play on an Instrument
  27. A Song That Makes You Feel Guilty
  28. A Song You Wish You Could Play
  29. A Song From Your Childhood
  30. Your Favourite Song This Time Last Year