Last night I met with my Barbadian church member and his nephew (who has the most amazing Lenny Henry laugh) to plan the funeral for their brother/father. I was interested to see what might be chosen by way of music since whilst David* is very British in his hymnody there will be relatives flying in from Barbados. They want a British style service (rats! I could have enjoyed a good West Indian funeral) but there are just a few hints of something special. One of the hymns chosen is 'Shall We Gather at the River' which I know but have never sung which feels really authentic. The almost kairos moment though was when we were choosing in/out music for the crem. After opting for 'organ music' on the way in David and I simultaneously had the same thought for 'out' music - the test match special theme tune which has a wonderful Caribbean feel to it and is really uplifting. In a bizarre way I'm looking forward to walking out of the 'worstest' crem on my patch to something so bouncy!
Apologies, it'll be rattling round all your heads all day now - but why should I be alone? If you want to hear it just type it into Google and lots of versions will appear.
* Name changed