I’ve been out of the news stream for a couple of weeks while in a virtual form of writer’s seclusion…but I emerged in time to find this cheery update from The Independent: Monty Python’s “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” has just eclipsed Frank Sinatra’s “I Did it My Way” as the most popular song at British funerals.
Sinatra was the reigning champ for a decade, but the Brits have pushed him out in favor of the local talent. Those who still prefer a bit of solemnity in their funeral music can take heart that the number two and three slots go to “The Lord is My Shepherd” and “Abide With Me,” respectively. However, the number four slot is, er, the “Match of the Day” theme. As I am not a soccer fan, I had to look that one up, and…well. Let’s just say they won’t be playing it at my funeral.
Monty Python, though — that’s a definite possibility. If you’re not familiar with it, here’s the original version from Life of Brian.
However…I’d totally want this version, with the confetti and bagpipes and everything else.