That said, I’m not sure about the “songs to live your life by” bit. Rather I have decided to pick 5 pieces of music that mean a lot to me: So, in no particular order:
God be in my Head
I was 14 and Head Chorister at St Mary’s Church in Whitchurch when we had to sing at a funeral of a young girl. The funeral was for the daughter of a Parliamentary Minister and the church was packed. All in all it was always going to be quite a difficult and moving occasion.
Before the service started, our Choirmaster came up to us and asked Lloyd to sing this piece as a solo. Lloyd, a year older than me and with a voice that was on the verge of breaking, and in a very “Welsh” way rose to the challenge.
A still church, a young persons coffin, and literally hundreds of people crying at the sound of my friend’s cracking and haunting version of this beautiful prayer will stay with me till the end of my days.
Alan Hull: I Hate To See You Cry
My all time favorite song: If my girls or my mates get hold of this blog at the time of my death – I’ll be carried into and out of the church to this please! Those reading this who know me will know I don’t object listening to it twice over 🙂
Pie Jesu by Sarah Brightman
For no other reason than it one of the most beautiful pieces of music and Sarah B’s voice is just pure and fits this music perfectly!
New Order: Temptation
The song takes me back to happy days at King’s in London (mid 80s). It remains in my life to this day as, what’s the word, an “anthem”.
If I were to get married again, this would be the last song played at the post-wedding party, before we jetted off to Barry Island for the honeymoon. We would all dance and play-box and jump and chant to the verses at the top of our voices. I would have been up and down and turned around. It would be a song worth singing!
The Smiths: Cemetery Gates
To say The Smiths HAD to be in my list is an understatement. #endof
So tempted to tag people – you know who you are! But I won’t. But do feel feel to do your own – it’s been a hard and lovely post to sort out. Bob x