Morbidity of the topic aside, this is a question I was asked once, and I didn’t really have an answer. It’s certainly strange to think about what song(s) you would want played at your own funeral. But there are two that came up after putting my mind to it.
Note: The original topic for this day of the challenge was “a song currently stuck in your head,” but since that overlapped with day 19’s, “a song you’re currently obsessed with,” I combined those and opted for a different topic here.
There are a few reasons for this first one, Persona 3’s Kimi no Kioku (Memories of You). Right off the bat is the obvious one – the lyrics. However, I don’t want to get into the specifics of that because of the next reason I chose this song – its specific purpose in Persona 3. As the ending theme, it brings the story to an end, very specifically by addressing death and its impact to one of the characters. I realize this all sounds pretty vague, but I don’t want to spoil the ending (play the game!). Either way, it’s certainly applicable to a funeral without having crushingly sad music.
And the other song I chose is Karnivool’s Deadman. And no, the song’s title had no influence on me picking this. Besides being my favorite song from one of my favorite bands, the song is long and atmospherically appropriate for a morbid setting. It’s never too energetic, never quite optimistic, but instead of being about finality, this effectively leads into the next song on the album – Change. Obviously at that point the lyrics won’t apply to me, but hopefully to others who may need a push in a positive direction.
The featured image is from Hibike! Euphonium.