A few quotes follow from an esoteric article in the SacBee on Isabel Ball, a morturary funeral organist; the subject addressed in the article's title - "Organist has seen funeral etiquette wane" ...
Re gunfire at a funeral:
Re tempers flaring:"Isabel, if that ever happens again, you get down under the organ."
Re playing a late wife's favorite tune:"Music soothes the savage beast," she said, ever hoping that a few bars of "Old Rugged Cross" will remind the disputants that they are at the Jerry Spears Funeral Home, not on the Jerry Springer Show.
Re other inappropriate tunes:She was unsuccessful .... Thus was she compelled ... to play "Red Roses for a Blue Lady."
Re funeral music:"Happy Days Are Here Again," "Merry Widow Waltz," "Why Me?," "Fit as a Fiddle," "Send in the Clowns" and "Achy Breaky Heart."
Please don't tell me funeral organist will soon be on the list of most dangerous occupations, right after bull-fighters at PBRA events?
"After the Bible, the hymnal is next. It is the' Word' set to music. The devil flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God."