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mm stan
11-01-2012, 07:31 AM
Aside Aloha Oe, do you have any good bye songs you recommend to
play at a service...I need to go in a few hours...thank you in advance

itsscottwilder
11-01-2012, 07:36 AM
Amazing Grace

Hippie Dribble
11-01-2012, 07:38 AM
hi Stan, sorry to hear of this mate. My suggestion would be "The Water Is Wide".

mm stan
11-01-2012, 07:43 AM
Mahalo Scott and Eugene..
It's a christian service so it can be a religious song too or any other songs...

Mandalyn
11-01-2012, 07:46 AM
My family always plays Will The Circle Be Unbroken and God on the Mountain.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
11-01-2012, 07:48 AM
Hey Brah,

I did a medely for my mom's memorial service. Some of the songs were:

In Times like These and Precious Lord, Take my Hand. There were one or two
others that I can't think of at the moment.

Oh, Beyond the Sunset was another one.

I'll be praying for you.

Hippie Dribble
11-01-2012, 07:53 AM
"I'll Fly Away" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyN-krBTWLY)

Wooville
11-01-2012, 07:53 AM
I've never tried it on the Uke, but Stings "Fields of Gold" fits the bill.

mm stan
11-01-2012, 07:53 AM
Mahalo Nui Mandalyn and Unko Rod,

how about a instrumental melody....something sweet and something immediately reconizable

mds725
11-01-2012, 07:53 AM
Aloha Stan,

Sorry for your loss. Someone suggested to me Kanaka Wai Wai, which is a religious Hawaiian song.

Here's more about it, along with a video of the song being performed:
http://digitaljournal.com/article/303368

Lyrics in Hawaiian and English:
http://www.justsomelyrics.com/1361799/Gladys-Knight-Jesu-Me-Kanaka-Waiwai-Lyrics

mds725
11-01-2012, 07:58 AM
Mahalo Nui Mandalyn and Unko Rod,

how about a instrumental melody....something sweet and something immediately reconizable

It may seem trite these days, but people often play Bruddah IZ's version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World" at memorial services, and it's instantly recognizable. Amazing Grace, which has been suggested, can also be played as an instrumental and still be recognized immediately.

mm stan
11-01-2012, 08:00 AM
Mahalo Wooville and Mark,
got to check out Feilds of Gold and I know already Kanaka Wai Wai Mark ...
yes a sweet melody instrumental if anybody can think of one on the fly....for background music

Shucks I do not know any of these...darn it..https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/funeral-best-funeral-music/id345057967

Hippie Dribble
11-01-2012, 08:12 AM
well mate, if you've only got a couple of hours I would go with Amazing Grace. Certainly fits the 'instantly recognizable' criteria and is something you could probably work up within that narrow time frame. Trust that all goes OK today Stan, will be thinking of you.

jackwhale
11-01-2012, 08:25 AM
I have these two ready just in case:
In My Life (Beatles)
I'll be Seeing You (Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday)

Joe90
11-01-2012, 08:27 AM
Fields of gold is a very nice song in my opinion and would definately fit the service. Id go that route if i was you stan. Sorry to hear about the loss. My condolences.

mm stan
11-01-2012, 08:28 AM
Yes Bruddah Eugene...
Yes want something simple like you said...I need to practice it and time is short...thank you so much all
keep them coming though for maybe someone will need this thread one day...hope not, but it the cycle of life I guess ..
Mahalo nui Eugene, Jack and Joe...

dkcrown
11-01-2012, 08:39 AM
How about "Morning Has Broken" Stan? A nice hymn that is easily recognizeable,

hoosierhiver
11-01-2012, 08:41 AM
Spirit in the Sky, Wish you were here.

ksiegel
11-01-2012, 08:44 AM
Lord of the Dance, I'll See You In My Dreams, Thank You For Being A Friend

pulelehua
11-01-2012, 09:17 AM
Joe Brown's version of "I'll See You In My Dreams" was stunning at George Harrison's memorial.

Starts on F, as I recall. It's not too bad, has some lovely chords, and you can shorten it quite a lot if you want/need. I'm playing ukulele myself at a memorial in two days. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Brother Stan.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVr-GUnwpnQ

Doc_J
11-01-2012, 09:30 AM
Danny Boy may be appropriate.

Ronnie Aloha
11-01-2012, 09:32 AM
Kanaka wai wai

buddhuu
11-01-2012, 09:52 AM
'The Parting Glass'.

It's on my own funeral list.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M3wr4hYSf4

guitharsis
11-01-2012, 10:05 AM
Amazing Grace. A Hawaiian song would be nice too. So sorry for your loss, Stan.

Newportlocal
11-01-2012, 11:09 AM
Saints go marching in
At my own funeral hopefully not for quite a while. I want Sunshine on my Shoulders by John Denver.

Freeda
11-01-2012, 11:12 AM
The Beatles "In My Life".

Phooto
11-01-2012, 11:27 AM
This one is fantastic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJpaur1vblg

vanflynn
11-01-2012, 11:30 AM
Maybe Aloha 'Oe?

Garydavkra
11-01-2012, 12:09 PM
I think a Hawaiian song would be nice since they have such beautiful melodies. At my wife's funeral they played three of her favorite songs. One of them was "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother".

OldePhart
11-01-2012, 12:31 PM
"I'll Fly Away" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyN-krBTWLY)

:agree: My family knows this is one I want at my funeral - for me it will be a celebration and I want those participating to feel that! No sad songs allowed at my funeral.

Another good one would be the one Jon did lately - "Ain't No Grave Can Hold my Body Down" - I need to find a way to leave some money in my will to pay for tickets for Jon to come play that when my turn comes!

Sorry for your loss, Stan.

John

oldetymey
11-01-2012, 01:53 PM
Im planning on being cremated, so maybe "dust in the wind" for mine?

All joking aside though, sorry for your loss, and I would have to agree with "Ill fly away" in your case.

Plainsong
11-01-2012, 02:15 PM
I'm sorry for your loss, and I hope the service went well.

I'm kinda partial to the Interlude from Ceremony of Carols (Britten)


www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOErlb9PO68

argh the video tag won't embed it for some reason!

ukuleledaveey
11-01-2012, 03:11 PM
sorry to hear your sad news stan and hope it went as well as it could under the circustances, i choose for my parents services, " I was born under a wandering star", " born free " & "catch a falling star "
I must say "I will fly away " sends goosebumps down my spine i love that song and " I'll see you in my dreams"
Hope your doing ok stan and thinking of you mate all the best from me.

mm stan
11-02-2012, 02:12 AM
Thank You Gang for helping me with the songs and I appriciate your condolences to my family member....yup suffering like hell now...
Yup survived the outing to the funeral but suffering like heck...went to sleep as soon as I got home because I am suffering
like hell...and stayed up suffering in bed...It was nice though the the service was in the country and saw all the beautiful
countryside and went over the mountains...this morning is real chilly though, hope it is better where you live...over here it is a brisky
morning which does not help at all....Mahalo again...

ogg
11-02-2012, 03:49 AM
My mom wanted:
"Somewhere over the rainbow"
"When my morning comes around"...

vanflynn
11-02-2012, 03:53 AM
Stan, so sorry for you loss. Hopefully the physical and mental pain will heal quickly. Get some good rest.

Dougf
11-02-2012, 04:13 AM
We played Iz's "Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World" at both my Dad's and my Mom's memorial services, as a soundtrack to slideshows of their old photos. It was beautiful.

Patrick Madsen
11-02-2012, 04:49 AM
Dang, Wish I could take some of the pain away from you Stan. For those who don't have the pain we do can never realize what it takes just to get out and about for awhile.
May you find relief soon.

joeybug
11-02-2012, 07:23 AM
I'm sorry for your loss Stan *hugs*

I have no suggestions, just wanted to say how sorry I was...

siauke
11-02-2012, 07:56 AM
Very sorry for your loss. Some family members and I played a few ukulele songs for a funeral. Ended with Happy Trails/Aloha Oe.

Peace --

patico
11-02-2012, 12:26 PM
i wrote this original song for my surgery proffesor that died some months ago.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLdX_6O64Q8

hope you enjoy

stevepetergal
11-02-2012, 03:50 PM
I did I'll See You in My Dreams for a funeral. It was a good choice that day.

wconley
11-02-2012, 06:09 PM
I've always been partial to Keali'i Reichel's version of "Wanting Memories".

hoosierhiver
11-04-2012, 04:22 AM
We'll meet again - Vera Lynn

HBolte
11-04-2012, 08:25 AM
The Beatles "In My Life".

Good choice.

bazmaz
11-04-2012, 09:29 AM
Interesting responses, particularly the immediate suggestin that songs needed to be religious...

Surely what matters here is what the deceased would have liked (and their family).

A friend an I played at the funeral of a dear friend a couple of years ago at the request of his family (he used to join us in jams playing his harmonica). He wasn't remotely interested in religion and the family asked us to play the stuff he would have liked. So we played skiffle numbers, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. They loved it, as he would have done.

808boy
11-04-2012, 09:44 AM
Aloha Bruddah,
Sorry for your lost. For a local, Red Sails in the Sunset, and Beyond the Reef. A must at Kanikapilas when I lived there. That's what I want when my time comes...............

geetee
11-04-2012, 12:53 PM
Aloha Stan, I'm so sorry for your loss. For future reference, tabs for Amazing Grace can be found on page seven of this pdf on this site http://uketet.com/resources.htm


My song for mourning is Box of Rain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TB1nPYjcEE

But generally I'll just put on American Beauty and play the whole album. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7Yo5_UKD4A&feature=related
It seems to provide a nice balance of sad and happy songs.

Take care, Greg

mm stan
11-04-2012, 02:43 PM
Aloha Gang,
Mahalo for all the condolences and suggestions of songs...keep them coming....wow this is great.... and thank you Patico and Greg for the videos...real nice bruddahs
and I like that link too greg. Happy Strummings...MM

Plainsong
11-05-2012, 12:46 PM
How about Abide With Me?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QlefxjbA9U&sns=em

I think for the non-theists cringing at hymns and spirituals, for me, religion is a big part of music's history.... That being a huge understatement, so it's something you just gotta sort of settle into and be comfortable with. After all, music is about the intentions, so for my part, I enjoy more the emotion behind the spiritual lyrics, without being putt off that an unwanted message is being forced on me. But the only thing that unites non-theists is a lack of theism, so we're all going to have different opinions on that front!

So in short, unless it wants to converts me, really not bothered about it at all. :D

mm stan
11-06-2012, 08:28 AM
Aloha Kimmy,
Never heard of this one before...thank you ....will try it out.....Happy Strummings

mds725
11-06-2012, 10:23 AM
Interesting responses, particularly the immediate suggestin that songs needed to be religious...

Surely what matters here is what the deceased would have liked (and their family).

A friend an I played at the funeral of a dear friend a couple of years ago at the request of his family (he used to join us in jams playing his harmonica). He wasn't remotely interested in religion and the family asked us to play the stuff he would have liked. So we played skiffle numbers, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. They loved it, as he would have done.

Your comment reminded me of this surprisingly touching scene from the movie "Love Actually."


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tJbXSiuRdE

webby
11-06-2012, 02:04 PM
Aloha Stan,

Sorry for your loss. Someone suggested to me Kanaka Wai Wai, which is a religious Hawaiian song.

Here's more about it, along with a video of the song being performed:
http://digitaljournal.com/article/303368

Lyrics in Hawaiian and English:
http://www.justsomelyrics.com/1361799/Gladys-Knight-Jesu-Me-Kanaka-Waiwai-Lyrics

If it's a cremation how about "light my fire" ?

Plainsong
11-06-2012, 02:24 PM
If it's a cremation how about "light my fire" ?

And if they're a musician, how about When the Music's Over. My brother-in-law got this at his funeral.

Edit to add: Fade it out before the vocal improv bit.

Nickie
11-06-2012, 02:43 PM
The only song I've ever played at a Memorial Service was Amazing Grace. It went over prettygood, the family was religious.

pulelehua
11-06-2012, 11:33 PM
My mother died last month, and we just had her memorial this past weekend. I suppose what was important was for the music to reflect her, in as many ways as possible. Her only funeral request during her life was to play the "Imperial March" from Star Wars. So, that shocked a few people, but mostly made people smile. Then each piece became a little snapshot of different aspects of her life: U2, Tom Lehrer, Starship, Patience & Prudence (which I played with my wife and one of my mom's friends), The Beatles, and finally Amazing Grace, though she would have described herself more as "spiritual" than "religious". I think what was nice was that the music, as much as the readings and eulogies, painted a portrait that people could recognise. And it combined sadness with humour, irreverence with dignity. Which was very much who my mom was.

I suppose what I'm saying is that whatever the choice, it should reflect and illuminate the memory of the person.

mm stan
11-06-2012, 11:47 PM
Sorry for you loss John....my sincere condolences.. I am glad you got to play what your mother requested...may she stay in your memories forever....
I started this thread too for all the future losses of the UU members so they have an idea what to play....I just hope some others will respect that....