Day of Passing Playlist

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“Amazing tradition. They throw a great party for you on the one day they know you can’t come.” — Jeff Goldblum (as Michael Gold in The Big Chill)

Eight college friends search for lost ideals following the death of their mate Alex in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill, and brilliantly setting the stage is Kasdan’s iconic opening scene, where JoBeth Williams (as Karen Bowens) starts playing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Stones on a booming church organ. Each of the characters knowingly smiles at the first chords of the song. And a minute later, Mick Jagger’s rendition joins the soundtrack. In an instant, you’re thinking about love and life, memories and friendships, as well as your own death. So, thinking about the group of people that will likely come together over you one day, what songs sum up your life and would bring smiles to those left behind?


List 5 songs you would add to the playlist for your funeral.

Okay, so it’s kind of a dark, depressing subject. But it is Halloween week after all.  So here is my list:

  1. Iron & Wine – the Trapeze Swinger
  2. U2 – Love Rescue Me
  3. Lyle Lovett – Don’t Cry a Tear
  4. Norah Jones – The Long Day is Over
  5. Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World

2 thoughts on “Day of Passing Playlist

  1. Oh man my list of songs changes constantly… at one time I was just going to have the whole Rubber Soul album play at my funeral… and no speaking just music. Funerals are one of those things that so much tradition is wrapped in…I know many will be upset at my funeral, not because I am gone, but I will still be making people feel uncomfortable and uneasy where they are sitting. That is what lifes about right, making people get to the uncomfortable place. :)

  2. My one & only funeral song:

    Around & Around – Mark Kozalek (it’s a John Denver song, but his version is too lame for my funeral!)

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