Today’s challenge is a piece of music I would want at my Funeral. I love many requiems, but I think that may be a little long for most people, so my pick for my funeral is…
Peace Of Akatosh by Jeremy Soule
A song that I would have played at my wedding, well had our Civil Partnership in 2008, and did not have music as such. We had our ceremony in Liverpool Registry Office, which was very nice, then we had a small reception at PanAm restaurant, lots of champagne and great food, then to one of my local pubs that was built in 1320, and is still going strong, then home that evening. As for music, there was nothing specific, but if I had to pick a song for my wedding it would be this.
Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
A song from an artist that is no longer living. Where do I start, this post could go on forever after the loss of Prince, David Bowie, Chester Bennington, Kurt Cobain and much more. But today I will opt for Chris Cornell. I loved Soundgarden which he was the lead singer, and although Jesus Christ Pose was one of my favourite tracks, I thought I would go for the Bond theme he did for the 2006 version of Casino Royale.
Chris Cornell – You Know My Name
Ther are many songs that have meaning for me, but I have chosen two for you today.
Back in 1992, I started going to the gay scene in Liverpool and to a club called Reflections, sadly it is no longer there as it was outdone by one of the “superclubs” called Garlands. Back in 1992 I got myself an apartment and was living in Liverpool, and had a pen friend from LA called Rocko who was staying with me for a few months, we decided that we would venture to the scene in Liverpool for the first time. Together we went into a bar called “Reflections” and it seemed like a piano bar, quite quiet for a Friday night in a big vibrant city. Rocko decided to go and find a toilet, and on his return, open mouthed with glee written all over his face he said: “Oh my god, I have found a whole new world, come on!” I followed him with a little excitement and a touch of trepidation down a longs staircase with music emitting from the depths. We got to the bottom and he turned to me and said “Ready?”, I nodded, and as he opened the doors to the club, I was engulfed in lights dry ice smoke and an atmosphere I will never forget. The song that started playing when we went in was my first choice. It was such a memorable time in my life, I even remember what I was wearing which was a pair of denim dungarees, a white v neck tee shirt, red tartan Dr Martin boots with green laces, and a black bomber jacket. I had the time of my life and went to Reflections many times. When it closed down I, like the rest of the scene ended up in Garlands, which was and still is a great club, and I ended up a podium dancer there, but that’s another story.
Dr. Alban – It’s My Life
My second pick for today is a song that brings back many memories from my club days. I had moved up north to a seaside town, and as well as my day job I used to work in the towns largest night clubs and ran the champagne lounge, so with that I had many many famous guests, but one of my guests was Edwin Starr. Now, at the time I was, and still am, to be honest, a fan of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and they had done a cover of War by Edwin, and it was one of many favourite songs at the time. When Edwin was a guest, I asked him if he would perform War for me, and he duly did, it was one of many highlights in my life, and I have fond memories of that night.