I've been tagged by the iridescent Irene Tuazon, who writes Pregnant Pauses. So here goes:
"The idea is to pick five songs that you'd like played at your funeral."
1. She. Elvis Costello
Who always seems so happy in a crowd
Whose eyes can be so private and so proud..."
I think this is one beautiful tribute of a song that any woman can hope to receive. It touches me. Besides, I loved the movie "Notting Hill," and it's part of the soundtrack.
2. Alapaap ("Skies"). Eraserheads (popular Filipino band during the 1990s)
This is a Tagalog song that was quite controversial here a decade ago. A senator (not one of our most quick-witted) attempted to score a few publicity points by calling for a radio ban on this song. His contention: the song was about getting high on drugs. Sure, it could be interpreted that way if one was so inclined. But one could also interpret the lyrics in a different way: buksan ang puso at isipan/paliparin ang kamalayan (open your heart and mind/let your consciousness fly)...Ako ngayo'y lumilipad at nasa alapaap na (now I'm flying high in the sky). Freedom of expression, freedom to think and feel. I don't think I could live without these things, and I'd want the people at my funeral to remember that most of them take these very fundamental freedoms for granted most of the time.
3. Something. The Beatles
Another great love song that can make a woman feel like she's the most special person on Earth. The lyrics (for me) are reminiscent of Lord Byron's poem "She Walks in Beauty." What woman wouldn't like to be told by the man she loves that "something in the way she moves attracts me like no other lover"? The video shows Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and some friends playing the song at a George Harrison tribute. Eric Clapton is awesome in this one.
4. Love Song. The Cure.
This is my favorite song by The Cure. Sure, Robert Smith looks uber-weird. But I love his distinctive voice and his
"However far away, I will always love youIndeed. No matter what path I walk, either in this world or the next.
However long I stay, I will always love you
Whatever words I say, I will always love you
I will always love you"
5. Come Together. The Beatles
Sure, mourn my passing a little. But don't stay glum for very long. I'd want everyone to remember that I'm the type of person who, notwithstanding her serious and quiet side, also likes to laugh and have fun. And I'd like people to remember that I'm highly irreverent. So laugh, take it easy, relax, chew some gum, and think happy thoughts at a traditionally sombre event. Hey, it's my funeral, and I'd want all those present to just
"Come together, right now
I'm supposed to tag five other people to do this, too. I nominate laurzeilei, aurea, H, Rose, and Doc. And of course, eveerybody else is welcome to play. Just let me know so I can go to your blogs and read your answers. Thanks again, Irene!
Blogworld Saturday after I get some sleep (and no, I still don't have my high-speed Internet back).
I hope everyone has a good weekend. :-)