Mister D: First off, Happy Birthday to one of my most cherished and most beautiful BetteHeads…Julia Hope you have a fabulous day and get everything you dreamed of…although it’s kind of hard to get everything all in one day…then what’s left to look forward to???? Anyway, the clip below is a spoof of one of the top funeral songs in the YUK…maybe here, too…I don’t know. I was with Julia at this special moment and it was a night I’ll never forget. Anyway, Miss J…much love from Nashville and from all of your other friends!:
BETTE 60TH @ HULAWEEN
(Special Lyrics Written By Marc Shaiman)
IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE BETTE MIDLER'S 60
WHEN THERE'S HARDLY A LINE UPON YOUR FACE
I WAS A CHILD WHEN YOU FOUND FAME
(SO EXPLAIN TO ME HOW
I'M FAT AND OLD, YET YOU'RE THE SAME
WE KNOW HOW YOU FIGHT TO MAKE THINGS BETTER
BUT DOES ANYONE EVER WIPE YOUR BROW?
AND OFFER A HUG, PERHAPS A KISS?
(I HOPE THEY DO)
AND I HOPE YOU NEVER FORGET THIS!
THAT EVERYONE HERE THINKS YOU'RE A HERO
YOU'RE JUST WHAT OUR PRESIDENT SHOULD BE
YOU MAKE US FLY HIGH AMONGST THE EAGLES
CAUSE YOU ARE THE WIND BENEATH OUR WINGS
GOD BLESS YOU
FOR YOU ARE THE WIND BENEATH OUR WINGS
Thanks to Rachee Baby for reminding me to put this up…:
Research for the Bereavement Register found just over a half (51 percent) of people ask for a specific song be played at their funeral and 79 percent have talked with family and friends about possible song choices. The survey of 5,000 people also uncovered some unusual final choices for the final goodbye with rock songs like “I’ll Sleep When I am Dead” by Bon Jovi , competing with classic tracks and soul.
“The top 20 really shows how far we have come in terms of saying goodbye. Gone are the day’s dirges of yore, instead we are seeing contemporary music that is easier to relate to,” said Mark Roy, founder of the Bereavement Register, which removes the names and addresses of people who have died from databases to reduce junk mail.
“Everyone has a favorite song that means something very special to them, often connected to a particular time and place. When the song is played this can be a very emotive reminder of that person,” he said in a statement.
Although fashions change there have been some consistent favorites over recent years like “Wind Beneath My Wings” at number four and “Candle In The Wind” — a reworked version of which played at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 — which was at number six.
Many of the songs represented the different ages of the deceased.
Songs like “Danny Boy” (number 11 in the list) tended to be played at the funerals of the elderly while S Club 7’s “Reach For The Stars” (number 20) was more usual at children’s funerals, the survey showed.
Others in the top 20 included “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan and, perhaps unexpectedly, Fame’s “I Want To Live Forever.”
Top 10 funeral songs for the year 2005:
1. James Blunt – Goodbye My Lover
2. Robbie Williams – Angels
3. Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley – I’ve Had The Time Of My Life
4. Bette Midler – Wind Beneath My Wings
5. Pie Jesu, Requiem
6. Elton John – Candle In The Wind
7. U2 – With Or Without You
8. Eric Clapton – Tears In Heaven
9. The Police – Every Breath You Take
10. Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody