I've decided to write this article today due to my vast many years of experience as a funeral service music provider. Over the last 35 years I've spent a large portion of that time consistently playing funeral gigs. So in today's blog post, I will be sharing with you five top qualities for successful funeral music. And of course - if you have any questions comments or thoughts or ideas I'd love to hear about them, so please feel free to leave a comment down below.
OK so without further ado here are the five qualities for funeral music!
1.) Peaceful - Obviously, it’s a funeral therefore it’s a sad and emotional time for the people in attendance. You want to play soothing and peaceful music.
2.) Hopeful - While it may be difficult to play peaceful music and “hopeful” music at the same time considering the emotions involved in the funeral, if you could possibly add a little “hopefulness” inside your music this will keep things light and peaceful but also uplifting and subconsciously helpful to those in attendance.
3.) Simple - Keep it simple. In my experience, you don't always have a lot of time to prepare for the funeral procession. Therefore, you want to make sure you have an array of simple to play music that you know like the back of your hand. Often times you only get less than 24 hours notice before it’s go time so keeping it simple is essential.
4.) Soft - during a funeral service, you're not there to bring attention to yourself or to show off some amazing piano skills that you may have. Your job is simply to provide subtle background music. It's not a rock concert, it's a celebration of the end of someone's life. Treat it with respect and consideration.
5.) Familiar - Mix in some familiar tunes. You never know what songs may trigger some happy emotions from the funeral goers. It’s worth a shot.
So they have it, the top five qualities for flawless funeral music brought to you by yours truly. I hope you've got some great value from this post and you take this with you during your next funeral service. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them down below and I will respond to them ASAP. Thanks so much for reading and hope you have a great day! Thx - David G!
Bonus: Why work as a funeral home music provider? A few good reasons to work as a funeral service musician is consistency and monetarily I could be very lucrative. More on this on my next blog post! Stay tuned.