Mudcat Café message #3146810 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #137536   Message #3146810
Posted By: Phil Cooper
02-May-11 - 09:19 PM
Thread Name: Singing at a funeral
Subject: RE: Singing at a funeral
I sang Susan Urban's song Living Works of Art, with Susan, my life partner, at my dad's funeral. We followed that with Guy Davis's song Hooking Bull At the Landing with me singing the lead. I also played guitar while former bandmates, Margaret Nelson and Kate Early sang Children of the Heavenly Father. My dad would have liked them all, were he around to hear. The people at the funeral got release at it from the songs. I focused on what I had to do to get through it. There was a sniffle or two, but we didn't do the songs any disservice. If you're a performer you need to leave catharsis to the listeners, not a luxury you can afford yourself. You can get through it.