Co-operative Funeralcare has carried out a survey of families’ needs. It seems half of all funeral directors have been presented with playlists on various media platforms in the last year and they are updating sound systems in crematoria and other venues to cope with this.
The idea seems to be that music that was particularly meaningful to the deceased is played during the service.
Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” has been on the top spot again or the last couple of years overtaking the Monty Python’s “Always look on the bright side“.
“Time to say goodbye” by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli was the second most popular song followed by Eva Cassidy’s version of “Somewhere over the rainbow“.
Religious music was represented by Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd” in fifth place.
Other songs include Bette Midler’s “Winds beneath my Wings“, Vera Lynn’s “We’ll meet again“, and Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable”
Traditional hymns like “Abide with me” and “All Things bright and beautiful” are also represented in the favourites.
I can’t say I’m over impressed by the list which is not much different from the last time I posted on this , except the sports themes have dropped off the list and I’m surprised Robbie Williams “Angels” isn’t still on the list.
I think the songs show a distinct lack of imagination. What about Stairway to Heaven or Knocking on Heaven’s door? Endless Sleep or Back to Black?
Or songs that actually meant something to people not songs other people thought they should have. Where are the Stones or Beatles songs for example.
The funeral service is also keen to point out that it’s not only music that can be personalised but also caskets, hearses and memorials. The mind boggles.