Photos and Songs

If you were able to watch the recording of the celebration – you’ll have seen the photo montages made by my brother, Dave.

Dad was known for making those types of videos. Especially for the club’s Christmas parties.

He would chose a song, and try to fit in pics that went with the theme. I specifically remember introducing him to the country song “My Kind of Bar” so that he could match up pics to the lyrics, and change it to ‘My Kind of Club’.

If there were lots of pics that didn’t really go with a theme – he ALWAYS (it seemed like) used the song “Classical Gas“.

Speaking of songs – at the celebration, Dave played the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.

While I was searching B&P for a certain post – I came across THIS ONE. Where he says that he’d be OK if this were played at his funeral. So I suggested it to Dave and that’s what we did. It wasn’t really a song that made me think of Dad previously – but now, I suppose it will going forward… Which is ok by me.

Finally, this post would not be complete without the mention of Elvis. Dad was a big Elvis fan, and Suspicious Minds always makes me think of him. Two other favorites are I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You and Jailhouse Rock. Really any Elvis song will always bring Dad to mind! 🙂

I’m sure you guys have certain songs that remind you of someone (here or passed), or of some time/event in your life. Please share in the comments.

While the majority of photos were shared in the photo/music montages – here are some that were actually on display. As well as old family photo albums that were set out on the tables.

Dad was an amateur photographer and we have literally thousands of photos – so it was a BIG job to go through them. I picked out the 25 that we used in the formal obituary for the cremation site, and I left the rest of that job to my brother. He was able to make a couple of videos in time for the celebration – which was a big undertaking, and it’s very appreciated.


5 thoughts on “Photos and Songs”

  1. Any Nat King Cole song makes me think of my grandmother. She used to play his music all the time. She loved the sound of his voice, the rich smoothness of it. She would play it as we fell asleep when I would spend the night on Saturdays when I was little.

    When I was a bit older I used to tend bar at the local American Legion. There was a beautiful older lady who came in frequently, and had a few drinks. Her daughter or granddaughter would drop her off and then pick her up. She would always ask me to play the jukebox for her. I’d put on Nat King Cole every time. She was surprised I knew him. She was about the age my grandmother would have been had she still been living. I gave her the CD I had in my car at the time. It was just a burned copy, and I could easily burn another. For her it was like magic. The next time her daughter brought her in, she thanked me, and told me how happy it had made her. That made my day, really my week.

  2. “Something to Talk About” by Bonnie Rait reminds me of a woman I dated for few months shortly after this song came out. The woman was much older than me; unfortunately, I lost contact with her–but maybe that was for the best. But I still like the song.

    One of my favorite photos your Dad took was when he forgot his camera but still came up with a good photo–it was when I had the privilege of meeting him:

  3. My dad was a bass baritone opera singer. At the baptisms of all our family dad sang “His eye’s on the sparrow”. We played a recording of dad singing it at his funeral. Most people cried but for me it was like a huge breath of fresh air. Dad’s life had come full circle. It has since been played at a few friends’ funerals too. It’s good to know that God notices the sparrows as well as the eagles!

  4. A handful of years ago, my older brother was nearing the end of his surprisingly long battle with ALS, 14 years. I was unable to be there but my daughter was and I asked her to play him a song that I knew he could relate to from our shared youth, Sea of Joy by Blind Faith. She told me when he heard it he smiled his last smile. I still play it from time to time in remembrance.

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