Day 24 – A song that you want to play at your Funeral – There is a Redeemer by Keith Green

Allegedly the most popular song played at funerals (if popular is the right word) is Frank Sinatra’s My Way according to a recent article in the Metro newspaper.  Wrapped up in that rather macabre chart ironically are of two of my choices from earlier in the challenge – Eva Cassidy’s Over the Rainbow and Celine Dione’s Titanic song.  Neither would feature for me here!  Add to that list  Unforgettable and You’ll Never Walk Alone and it’s all a fair emotion fest.  If you want to go classical then clearly its Nimrod followed by Pie Jesu.

But even more than the wedding challenge I found this one difficult not just because of the macabre but it also seems a little presumptuous to select a song to mark your passing, and who am I to say I deserve My Way?  Maybe we could all take a leaf out of the rather more light-hearted topic discussion recently on Brighton’s North Stand Chat Forum – Ding Dong the Witch is Dead (from the Wizard of Oz in case you need to ask!), Another One Bites the Dust and of course Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.  I could add Bobby McFerrin’s Don’t Worry, Be Happy as a personal favourite.

On the basis I don’t feel I can choose one about me I’ll resort to a hymn, albeit a modern one, that states what I believe and what I hope people would hear and join in. My choice is one of the most beautiful divine love songs, Keith Green’s There is A Redeemer from his 1982 album Songs for the Shepherd.  This is my favourite Christian album of all time, each song is full of a grace and beauty.  He died in a plane crash along with two of his children soon after it’s completion, so as always it has an added poignancy.

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