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“Great Gig in the Sky,” Formerly Known as “The Mortality Sequence”

Pink Floyd's meditation on death and dying

According to Roger Waters, when vocalist Clare Torry walked into the studio to record the ethereal wailing on the epic instrumental track “Great Gig In the Sky,” she was told, “There’s no lyrics. It’s about dying – have a bit of a … Continue reading

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“Do You Realize??” Asks Us To Think About What’s Important

The Flaming Lips want us to wonder, "What's really important in life?"

The Flaming Lips’ heartfelt song “Do You Realize??” is also, perhaps, their most well-known. With nearly 4,000,000 views on YouTube, “Do You Realize??” asks us to think about life and how short it can be. It also urges us to … Continue reading

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“Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion

A powerful song about love and gratitude

Celine Dion is arguably one of the most talented singers of our time. Her vocal range and clarity and the depth of emotion she brings to her performances is astonishing. At 48, she has recorded dozens of top hits, including … Continue reading

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“Look for Me in Rainbows” by Vicki Brown

This simple but deeply moving song is perfect for a funeral or memorial service

Vicki Brown was a vocalist from the United Kingdom who gained popularity during the 1970s. During her musical career, she sang with a number of contemporary groups, including The Breakaways and the aptly named Brown’s Home Brew, which she formed … Continue reading

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“Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran

Sheeran shares an intimate experience of loss in his new album, "Divide"

English singer, songwriter and record producer Ed Sheeran just released his new album, “Divide,” this past March. The musical genre of the album is pop. However, Sheeran decided to include an emotional tribute to his grandmother in one of the songs. Titled … Continue reading

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“You Are Not Alone” by Michael Jackson

A musical classic reminds us that death does not have to be a lonely experience.

When a loved one dies, one of the first things many of us do is make a phone call. Whether it’s to those that were closest to our loved one or to other family and friends of our own, connecting … Continue reading

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