Here's a weird question: If you knew you were about to die, what music would you choose?
A friend of mine once thought maybe he was about to die. So he laid down on the couch and put on a Randy Travis CD. For him, that's what he wanted if it was the last music he'd hear this side of the harps (he's still with us, btw!).
I and another friend were talking about this and she asked me "If you knew you were about to die, what music would you listen to?"
Here's what I've decided:
If I knew I had time for only one or two songs, it would be (for samples, click the links and scroll down):
Is It OK If I Call You Mine? by Paul McCrane (lyrics). The song is from the perspective of a young man, singing to the girl he can never be with -- but I like to think of it as a song from me to God. knowing I'll be with Him soon.
and then, if there was time, I'd finish with:
Top Gun Anthem by Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens (instrumental). The guitar solo just grabs me by the heart every time -- something about creativity I guess. That one is harder to articulate.
Now, if I knew I had an hour or so, and could listen to a sampling, it would be those two tunes, plus a few John Denver classics, including (not necessarily in order):
Back Home Again
Boy from the Country
Poems, Prayers, and Promises
Rocky Mountain High
Starwood in Aspen
This Old Guitar
I love his voice, and his arrangements, but mainly it is the lyrics that resonate in my heart (I'll let you google the lyrics on your own). I identify with his passions and his pains, in many ways. Plus it's music I grew up listening to, so these songs in particular help me reflect on my life in a meaningful way; they form images for me which are rich with hope and passion.
What about you? What music would you listen to if you knew you had time for only one last song, or one last less-than-60-minutes-playlist? And why those songs?