Thanks to many who prayed for the service for my friends’ son.
Here’s a list of prelude and postlude music I played. I tried to choose a mix between hymns, Celtic-sounding “mournful” music, and popular songs, keeping in mind that the group wasn’t a highbrow audience. For All the Saints and Softly and Tenderly wouldn’t have been good choices this time. I had intended to play What A Friend We Have in Jesus and regret forgetting it.
Homeward Bound by Marta Keen as heard played by William Joseph
Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar
Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
Grace by David Foster and William Joseph
I Will Remember You by Sarah McLachlan
Give Me Jesus, arranged by Fernando Ortega
There Is a Fountain
I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
People Get Ready, Eva Cassidy rendition
Eva Cassidy is a new find – oh, mama, that girl could sing!! Sad story: she died (1996) at age 33 of cancer, an unknown singer. One of her recordings got some air time in the UK and they went wacko-wild over her. That popularity bounced back to the states. Listen!! If you have three and 1/2 minutes this is well worth your time. Have any of you heard her?
The samples (# 7 and #11) of William Joseph are also excellent. I would like to thank my sister and sister-in-law for their incredible help with song selections. For you musicians out there, musicnotes.com was a lifesaver. I could buy the music, download and print it in five minutes. They also allow you to print the first page for free so you get an idea on the arrangement. Bookmark that page!
Do you have a song you would really like at your funeral or memorial service?