Funeral DJ's

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  1. L.A. Mike

    L.A. Mike Tele-Afflicted

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    I think this is funny. I wonder if funeral DJ's will become popular?



    Side note: I lived in Central America and Mexico for 10 years.
    A couple of friends/acquaintances passed during that time and I went to their wakes and funerals.
    At the first one I noticed a group of 3 women sitting in a corner, weeping. As time went on they got louder and started wailing and one even threw herself on the floor and just let go.
    I thought they must be close relatives or good friends of the deceased.
    Later, I saw them outside the house smoking and laughing among themselves. I decided to pay my condolences to them. I was told "we don't know the dead person. we were hired by the family to grieve."
    I was surprised, but not being a native I knew there were lots of customs that I was unfamiliar with. I noticed it at the other wakes I attended during my time there.
    I mentioned it to a friend of mine from England and he said "we have them in England too".
    Later, after I returned to the USA I was writing some short stories about my life down south and decided to mention it.
    In doing some research, I found that it is a worldwide custom going back throughout history.

    All you have to do is Google "professional mourning".
     
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  2. bgmacaw

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    It used to be that people hired a live band for funerals, now it's DJ's I guess...

     
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    Professional mourning? That seems like an ancient tradition it might be a good time to re-evaluate. At a time like that, the last thing I'd want (meaning it's not my funeral, but someone close to me) is insincerity/disingenuousness.
     
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    I think this was referenced in the Bible ...
     
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    It's not just something from the past.
    It is widely practiced throughout the world. It appears to be more of a status symbol display. It's purpose could be to make it look like you had many friends/relatives who are actually grieving. Everyone in the funeral knows who those paid performers are but the outward appearance to the casual passerby is that the deceased was well loved and respected.
    Like I said in my OP, I can acknowledge that other cultures practice this even today. I wouldn't want it and I think most of the people I know would feel the same.
     
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    Now I'm un-sure if I should donate a box of Funeral Kazoos at the next gathering. :confused::confused:

    Funeral Kazoo.jpg
     
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  8. Endless Mike

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    Yes, I understood that. What I meant to convey was that I recognize it isn't new. It isn't just a modern phenomenon. It's quite old and transcultural.

    But old, new, culture specific or not, it is something that doesn't quite sit right with me. What does it matter what I think? It doesn't.
     
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    I’d absolutely have a DJ at my funeral. Preferably a turntablist “killing” it. They best play Flying Lotus’ Never Catch Me, from the well titled album You’re Dead! Then cut up with One Step Beyond and Rastaman Chant. Lots of J Dilla. Fly Lo again, Until The Quiet Comes...

    You know, the people singing and playing guitar at funerals are in the same vein as professional mourners. Singing a sad song or crying one, all the same. There is nothing insincere about it, only if people think a DJ/MC is less than something they think they can bring better to the table (live guitar). Truth is, whatever helps the survivors, helps the survivors.
     
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    Has been a few years since I did a funeral. . . . .
     
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    "Better than Bagpipes"? psshhhaaaawwwwwww
     
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    I'm ok with it, but they better play lots of Pink Floyd!
     
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    I have an interest in South American culture (most cultures in fact) and haven’t heard of this before
    Thanks for sharing this I find it intriguing
     
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    Mere words escape me.
    Must be the Kazoo.
     
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