Wednesday, March 02, 2005

FUNERAL ETIQUETTE - Get down if shots fired!

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:
"Isabel, if that ever happens again, you get down under the organ."
Re tempers flaring:
"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 playing a late wife's favorite tune:
She was unsuccessful .... Thus was she compelled ... to play "Red Roses for a Blue Lady."
Re other inappropriate tunes:
"Happy Days Are Here Again," "Merry Widow Waltz," "Why Me?," "Fit as a Fiddle," "Send in the Clowns" and "Achy Breaky Heart."
Re funeral music:
"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."
Please don't tell me funeral organist will soon be on the list of most dangerous occupations, right after bull-fighters at PBRA events?

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