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Danny Boy is a song transcending all ages, ethnicities, and
religions. Despite its appeal to Celtic peoples, it’s used in all
types of funerals. What prevents this tune from being cliche’ is its
countless variations. Entire CDs exist with Danny Boy as the
only song, with various artists doing their renditions, from Mario
Lanza to Dixieland.
Amazing Grace is another song, which is appropriate for many
types of funerals. Again, one find numerous variations of the song,
from folk singers like Judy Collins to the standard bagpipes rendition.
America the Beautiful is for those strongly associated with
their patriotism or military duties.
- Ray Lynch’s The Oh of Pleasure.
- Bobby McFerrin has many wonderful classical tunes in which the instrument is his voice! Also try the “23rd Psalm” which is performed a cappella.
- Vangelis offers Hymn (from “Portraits”) and Chariots of Fire which works for athletes.
- Lisa Girard offers moody solos on her album, The Mirror Pool.
- Enya for slow, new age/celtic pieces.
- Loreena McKennitt offers slow, reflective choices and celtic tunes.
Piazzola’s Master of Tango is normally quite bittersweet and
slow, despite its fast-paced image.
Bill Douglas’ Deep Peace is slow and ambient in either the
choral or solo versions.
Tomita does unusual and moving electronic adaptations of Debussey
Looking for a little sarcasm or a weird twist? How about Is That
All there Is? Despite its sarcasm, the song has themes similar
to several songs mentioned above.