It's before the 8 am 'courtesy hour'. There's already some giant butthole outside my window with a gasoline-powered tree branch cutter, ushering in a new day in noise-pollution hell: 'gurrrr-eeeEEE!!! gurrrrr-eeeeeeeeeEEEEEEE gurrrr-EEEEE putt-putt-putt -eeeEEEE!!!!!' over and over until finally riding roughshod over my tender teddy-bear's-picnic dream. So now I'm relegated to propping myself up, with billows of steam coming out of my ears and a mussed-up blue velvet suit, doing this "blog". FOR WHAT???
You still here?
So, 2 days ago The Gold State sent in the following commentary: "Sometimes, I swear, some people get murdered on purpose, just so they can have a big, slow funeral procession through town, making everybody wait for them, while they wallow in self-pity."
I want to tie Gold State's analysis in with another quote I found regarding the history of the New Orleans "Jazz funeral": As the Brass Band became increasingly popular during the early 18th Century, they were frequently called on to play processional music. Eileen Southern in The Music of Black American wrote, "On the way to the cemetery it was customary to play very slowly and mournfully a dirge, or an 'old Negro spiritual' such as "Nearer My God to Thee," but on the return from the cemetery, the band would strike up a rousing, "When the Saints Go Marching In', or a ragtime song such as "Didn't He Ramble."
Now I wonder, what other complementary pairing of songs might there be for such an occasion? First the dirge, followed by the "celebrate-a-life" tune, rendered in the Jazz idiom...
Instant Karma - Autobahn
It's Too Late Baby - We Are Family
Ball of Confusion (or Ball of Confucianism) - Sugar Pie Honey Bunch
Miss You - Theme From Shaft
Ain't No Sunshine - Having My Baby
Smoke on the Water - Cocain
Morning has Broken - Afternoon Delight
Highway to Hell - Benny and the Jets
Butthole with a Gas-Powered Branch Cutter - Blog for Your Bloodshot Eyes Only
Without You - My Sherona
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