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Why I want Rainbow Connection as my funeral song.

My husband and I were joking about what we want our funerals to be like when we die, however I got to thinking about one thing. The music. After all, music has been played at every funeral I've been to, and I want a song that isn't religious but something that is personal to me, which I realized is Rainbow Connection, the song I loved for years and always have burned onto a cd along with being on my Itunes. 

Why I want the rainbow connection played at my funeral (Lyrics first, then my explanation):

The Rainbow Connection, from the Muppet Movie, was a song that always connected to me. As someone who was always interested in the social sciences, I always thought that there was a magic, a natural sense of magic, within human connection. There's something wonderful in connecting and sharing our thoughts and dreams that is more brilliant than any imagination of any magic told in ancient tales.Plus the song always brings a tear to my eye, it always reminds me of my years as an idealistic dreamer, and it reminds me of the magic in the real world. However, I thought I would break down my reasons why I want this song played at my funeral, bit by bit.

1.) Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what's on the otherside? Rainbows are visions, but only illusions, rainbows have nothing to hide. So we've been told and some choose to believe it. I know they're wrong wait and see. Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection. The lovers, the dreamers and me

I'm going to start with the end, the lovers, the dreamers and me. As a skeptic, there is a feeling of disconnect at times with "the lovers, the dreamers" even though I have the same feelings and wishes. So in a way I feel a connection with that line in particular. I also keep in mind that many discoveries were made when people thought oppositely and the scientists said "Just wait, I'll provide the evidence." Also, in a way I feel this song is a..metaphor? Allegory? Whatever, for that one moment when we all can get together and enjoy a coca cola..or Dr. Pepper. A soda, dammit! So this part is about dreams, and journeying to find the evidence for things we believe. Huzzah, I'm cool with that!

2.) Who said that every wish would be heard and answered when wished on the morning star? Somebody thought of that and someone believed it. Look what it's done so far. What's so amazing that keeps us star gazing and what do we think we might see?

Again, the strongest part for me is towards the end "What's so amazing that keeps us star gazing and what do we think we might see?" There's so many amazing and beautiful and mind blowing things in astronomy that keeps us looking. The fact that the light of stars we see now, that some of them have been dead and we're just seeing the "ghost", the remnants of its light that have finally reached us, is in a way very beautiful and in a way I think that's how family stories work. I'd like to be starlight to my friends and family and their children. Maybe one day I'll be that. That's personal of course, but humans have been fascinated by stars, making up stories about their patterns and such, and I hope we never stop looking. And who was that person who said we could make wishes on a star? I dunno, but how many have made good on their wishes through hard work? Sometimes, this is my conjecture, voicing out our wishes reminds us to keep on track to making them come true.

3.) All of us under its spell, we know that it's probably magic.

I'm going with the magic of just pure human connection. Naturalistic magic of sharing experiences and conversations with someone. Having a hug and a laugh, sharing tears, just..fucking..being human with someone. It's fucking wonderful! Yeah!

4.) Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices? I've heard them calling my name. Is this the sweet sound that called the young sailors. The voice might be one and the same. I've heard it too many times to ignore it. It's something that I'm supposed to be. Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection. The Lovers, the dreamers and me.

Well, yeah, I've been at walmart and thought I've heard my mom calling my name. I don't think that's what the song meant. Someone mentions being called onto a path, or feeling that it's something they're meant to do. While I don't think there's a voice of calling (I'm the me, in this song.. meeting at this 'rainbow connection') I feel like there's something I need to do. I need to voice out. It might be small, it might be simple, but if it can give someone else a voice to speak out then I suppose I've done something. I hope so, one day.

All in all, I feel like the "me" in Rainbow Connection. Someone who is skeptical, but I still remember being a dreamer, and I am a lover..just a specific lover now. Who cries whenever I listen to Rainbow Connection or A Boy and His Frog. Excuse me while I cry now because I just listened to both songs. Shut up, I have emotions!

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Comment by Rachel Riley on June 26, 2013 at 3:17pm

Nerdlass, my tombstone is gonna say "Fatality" if I have one. I was kinda tipsy when I posted this and all emotional and shit... because that's what happens when I listen to rainbow connection.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 21, 2013 at 3:58am

I'm going with the magic of just pure human connection. [...] Having a hug and a laugh, sharing tears, just..fucking..being human with someone. It's fucking wonderful! Yeah!

Amen to that! [In the literal sense of affirming "What she said!", "I believe it!" No spooks needed.]

I'd like to be starlight to my friends and family and their children.

That makes me think of Hannah Szenes's poem "Yesh Kochavim" ("There are Stars"):

There are stars
whose light reaches the earth only after they themselves have disintegrated
and are no more.

And there are people
whose scintillating memory lights the world after they have passed from it.

These lights –
which shine in the darkest night – are those which illumine for us the path.

        -- Translator unknown

Comment by Nerdlass on June 21, 2013 at 3:02am

For me, sorry... though if I were to do a song with lyrics, it'd probably be "Into the West" by Annie Lennox. Song always chokes me up.

I love Rainbow Connection. :) Used it in class my first year.

Comment by Nerdlass on June 21, 2013 at 3:00am

I think the ending fanfare from Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest would be fine enough. Roll Credits.

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