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Larry Franz

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A physician who specializes in palliative care asks the following question in the Washington Post: "What's the last song you want to hear before you die?"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/whats-the-last-song-you-would-want-to-hear-before-you-die/2019/01/11/0619909e-cf02-11e8-a3e6-44daa3d35ede_story.html

The comments are interesting. "Good Vibrations" and "Til I Die" have both been mentioned.

I'd rephrase the question: What's the last song you'd want to hear if you'd never hear another? 

That seemed like a difficult question, but it turned out to be easy:

Brian's shorter, solo version of "Surf's Up"



Any ideas?

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No ideas beyond the perfect song you mention, Larry. [thumb]
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Whoa, I'd really need to dig deep and get back to you in days or weeks on that one, Larry. 

TID and SU, however, would probably come up on the short list. 

Less seriously, I could be a real joker and ask for this extended version of a classic Lamb Chop song (first cycle ends around 1:40):




If it were last movie, I can't help thinking of lawyer Lionel Hutz on "The Simpsons" years ago with this great one-liner when you think of it:




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I do know of one friend who chose to go with "Pet Sounds" playing like Gary Trudeau's "Doonesbury" character. Picking a single song is tough. Unexpectedly, "Don't Talk..." popped into my mind. It seems like such a peaceful song for transition. Of course, "Friends," "Night Was So Young," and others come to mind. "Surf's Up" obviously also works - anything from "Pet Sounds, "Smile," or "Friends" works. I give up! [wink]

I remember an NPR report about 12 years ago on a musical therapy study as to which songs worked best for healing used classical, pop, all kinds of music. The song that had the best effect for both physical and emotional healing was actually "Whistle In." 
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Debbie KL

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Larry Franz
A physician who specializes in palliative care asks the following question in the Washington Post: "What's the last song you want to hear before you die?"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/whats-the-last-song-you-would-want-to-hear-before-you-die/2019/01/11/0619909e-cf02-11e8-a3e6-44daa3d35ede_story.html

The comments are interesting. "Good Vibrations" and "Til I Die" have both been mentioned.

I'd rephrase the question: What's the last song you'd want to hear if you'd never hear another? 

That seemed like a difficult question, but it turned out to be easy:

Brian Wilson's shorter, solo version of "Surf's Up"



Any ideas?



Great article, BTW Larry. It's tough to choose, isn't it?
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Lisa read my mind. I immediately thought of This Is The Song That Never Ends. Added bonus, after ten hours of it, you'd surely want to die.

Don't Talk would be an excellent choice.

Or maybe this.


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Lisa read my mind. I immediately thought of This Is The Song That Never Ends. Added bonus, after ten hours of it, you'd surely want to die.

Don't Talk would be an excellent choice.

Or maybe this.



Great thinking and choices Lisa and Bonnie - go out with beautiful stuff and some laughter! And yes, there are those songs that would make you want to end it all right there and then in the hope that they'd stop echoing in your head!
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I don't know that song but now I'm afraid to click on it in case it gets stuck in my head LOL!!!

What an interesting topic. This is a hard question, there are a number of songs I think of, including something reflective like those already mentioned. But something happy might do the trick too, because I've been fortunate enough to have a happy life, and it would be good to remember, with a grateful heart. Even though the song is about looking forward to the future, in a way it can also be reflective, so on that basis I might choose 'Wouldn't it be Nice'. (And if there was ever a tune I'd want stuck in my head, it would be that one... )
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Larry Franz

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Great responses here.

Although, Lisa, I'm not sure the premise is that if the song never ends, neither do you. But maybe that's a loophole we could try out! [smile]

Regarding Debbie KL's reference to Doonesbury (one of America's most popular comic strips): the character Andy Lippincott is dying from AIDS. These were published in 1990.

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More about Andy Lippincott and the significance of his story:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Lippincott


Regarding bonnie's beautiful Men I Trust video:  The internet says an introit is a psalm or antiphon sung or said while the priest approaches the altar for the Eucharist. And this one is called "Eternal Rest". 

The lyrics:

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion,
et tibi reddetur votum in Jerusalem.
Exaudi orationem meam,
ad te omnis care veniet.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.

A translation:

Eternal rest grant them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them
A hymn becomes you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall a vow be repaid in Jerusalem
Hear my prayer; to you shall all flesh come
Eternal rest grant them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them
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Larry (and Debbie):

Many thanks for this thread - and especially for sharing those strips.  I did not follow Doonesbury but give Garry Trudeau credit for tackling 'forbidden comic strip issues'.  I'd never seen this BW/Pet Sounds comic series, so truly appreciate this [thumb].  Whether a Brian Wilson fan, Doonesbury follower, AIDs sympathizer, or just possessing a human heart, that is a deeply touching series.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Larry Franz
Great responses here.

Although, Lisa, I'm not sure the premise is that if the song never ends, neither do you. But maybe that's a loophole we could try out! [smile]

Regarding Debbie KL's reference to Doonesbury (one of America's most popular comic strips): the character Andy Lippincott is dying from AIDS. These were published in 1990.

aa6da9edcb1c3c454844be2ab188ea74.gif 
14316bbdd182e8efc704f363f91c000b.gif      Andy-Lippincott-DoonesburyGarry-Trudeau-Doonesbury-became (1).jpg 


doonesbury-andy-may-1990-4.jpg 
doonesbury-andy-may-1990-5.jpg 
More about Andy Lippincott and the significance of his story:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Lippincott


Regarding bonnie's beautiful Men I Trust video:  The internet says an introit is a psalm or antiphon sung or said while the priest approaches the altar for the Eucharist. And this one is called "Eternal Rest". 

The lyrics:

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion,
et tibi reddetur votum in Jerusalem.
Exaudi orationem meam,
ad te omnis care veniet.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.

A translation:

Eternal rest grant them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them
A hymn becomes you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall a vow be repaid in Jerusalem
Hear my prayer; to you shall all flesh come
Eternal rest grant them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them


Thx so much, Larry! I only have the strip that is in David Leaf's book.


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Larry (and Debbie):

Many thanks for this thread - and especially for sharing those strips.  I did not follow Doonesbury but give Garry Trudeau credit for tackling 'forbidden comic strip issues'.  I'd never seen this BW/Pet Sounds comic series, so truly appreciate this [thumb].  Whether a Brian Wilson fan, Doonesbury follower, AIDs sympathizer, or just possessing a human heart, that is a deeply touching series.


It really was beautiful, wasn't it? I'm so glad Larry could share them.

My friend did go out the same way as Andy, with her husband beside her, holding her hand. It was very sweet. She had been sick for a long time and he was a saint taking care of her while working.

I guess I think of "Friends" in that respect - with that harmonic vocal that seems to raise you to heaven. The people you love and the people who love you are what counts. The love lives on. Somehow, Brian figured out a way to put that in his music. It took me awhile to understand that Brian often speaks in metaphors. I guess that's part of his job. When he said not that long ago, "I write love songs," it works on many levels.
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I think that's exactly right: Brian wrote not only love songs, but love 'the other' songs, and even under high duress and opposition.   I think he was always very self-knowing, even at a young age, clearly seeing his flaws and owning them, and paying tribute to those people who accepted and loved him anyway.  

I'm so predictable, I know, but there's this long fade out at the end of 'Don't Worry, Baby'.  Nothing could ever beat that (on earth or in heaven).   I would hope my survivors would know that in my last seconds, I was listening to a song paying tribute to them.

p.s. where is KDS to offer 'The Warmth of the Sun'?
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I think that's exactly right: Brian wrote not only love songs, but love 'the other' songs, and even under high duress and opposition.   I think he was always very self-knowing, even at a young age, clearly seeing his flaws and owning them, and paying tribute to those people who accepted and loved him anyway.  

I'm so predictable, I know, but there's this long fade out at the end of 'Don't Worry, Baby'.  Nothing could ever beat that (on earth or in heaven).   I would hope my survivors would know that in my last seconds, I was listening to a song paying tribute to them.

p.s. where is KDS to offer 'The Warmth of the Sun'?


What's funny, well maybe wonderful, is that all the songs work.
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Thx so much, Larry! I only have the strip that is in David Leaf's book.


My pleasure.

I love that last panel when the doctor offers his considered professional opinion, ah yes, he must have gotten the Pet Sounds CD. [smile]

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