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Funeral tunes that make me cry — for the wrong reason

Now, I had to wonder, was I the wishful thinker? Had everyone else been spirited away in some kind of Secular Humanist Rapture, leaving me behind?
Jerry Johnston, Deseret News Modified: June 6, 2014 at 3:29 pm •  Published: June 9, 2014
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Years ago at a party, I asked a friend how many people in the room — in her opinion — had a Barry Manilow CD at home.

“Everybody has one,” she said.

I asked around.

It turns out she was the only person in the room who owned one.

I still remember the look on her face.

Her look said, “Please pass me the big, red rubber nose.”

Her look said, “What happened to the world I thought I knew and loved?”

Recently, I found myself in my friend’s shoes.

Only my “big, red nose moment" involved funeral songs and religious faith.

I had thought the world and I were waltzing together in perfect step.

Turns out, I was waltzing. The world seems to be doing some crazy mambo.

It started when I found a quiz online. The question said: “Name the Top 10 Funeral Songs Today.”

I decided to take a shot.

I put down “Amazing Grace” first, since I knew that was the most popular hymn in America. Then I added “How Great Thou Art,” “Nearer My God to Thee” and a couple of upbeat, Christian pop anthems I thought the younger set might choose.

Then I checked the list.

What happened to world I thought I knew and loved?

Please pass me the big, red nose.

The top funeral song on the list was Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” a declaration of self-importance and self-interest. Even Sinatra said he hated the song.

Second was “Time to Say Goodbye” — the Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli duet.