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Dire Straits: Brothers In Arms

Peter Hartlaub, pop culture critic at the San Francisco Chronicle, blogged about the songs he wanted playing at his funeral. 

Brothers In Arms: Dire Straits

I'm hoping people don't pay too much attention to the lyrics, which are about the Falklands War. I think this is a beautiful song, I love the guitar work, and it serves as a nice bridge between "Memories" and my closing number...

Memories (from Top Gun): Harold Faltermeyer

I'm guessing that 90 percent of the people listening to "Memories" will think it's a nice little song -- and why does that sound kind of familiar? But my best friends will immediately say "Hey, that's what they played when Goose died in Top Gun!" And then they'll laugh to themselves. But hopefully not out loud.

Pilgrim: Steve Earle

This should be cued at the end of the funeral when everyone is walking out. Steve Earle is probably my favourite songwriter, and this is one of my all-time favourite songs. It's a great final message and it makes me feel really peaceful. It's a musical morphine drip. I'm not a religious person, but many of my relatives are, and I don't mind the little nods to the afterlife and God.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

My Last Song now taking over…’Coastsider’ who commented on Peter’s blog suggested this song.  It’s from a native Hawaiian. The genre is Hawaiian slack music, which is a first. And it’s a lovely farewell song, with What A Wonderful World effortlessly ending the number.

Up In Smoke: Cheech and Chong

‘Coastrider’ also suggested this eulogy to being stoned. It will, for the right person and his/her close ones, bring a smile to their faces and lighten the sadness, which is why it’s chosen here.

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