Rocking Their Way To The Other Side

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Some people believe in life after death, reincarnation, Heaven, Hell and probably a whole lot of other things I have never heard of. Personally, I don’t know what to believe when it comes to the subject of death, but it’s a fact that some people are choosing to depart this world to the sound of their favorite rock songs.

image Funeral directors in Australia are reporting that Queen’s "The Show Must Go On," Led Zeppelin’s "Stairway to Heaven" and AC/DC’s "Highway to Hell" are among the most popular funeral songs in South Australia. This information comes to us by way of Centennial Park, which is the state’s largest provider of cemetery, crematorium and memorial services.

Other varieties of music are also well represented when it comes to funeral music. Other popular choices include Frank Sinatra’s "My Way" and and Louis Armstrong’s "What a Wonderful World," which seem to make sense under these circumstances.

However, some of the more creative choices made for their funerals by the departed include "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" from the Wizard of Oz, Queen’s "Another One Bites the Dust" and Willie Nelson’s "Hit the Road Jack." Those have to be people with a sense of humor or perhaps even some that were not too well-liked by whomever made the decisions regarding funeral arrangements.

I remember a kid I hung around with back in the old neighborhood in Massachusetts who always used to say that he wanted "Magnum Opus" by Kansas played at his funeral. Sadly, a few years later, he committed suicide. I never did find out if they played "Magnum Opus" at his funeral, since it was a very private affair, and attendance was strictly limited to family members, but I’d like to think that the sounds of Kansas filled the room on that day.

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