Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Witch Doctor

Many things can trigger an emotional response. It has been my experience that the one thing that can bring down the house is music. Of course you have your traditional favorites (I can almost sing them to you by heart, off key...) "Amazing Grace", "The Old Rugged Cross", "In the Garden" and oh, lets not forget...."Prop me up beside the jukebox if I die". Yes, I have actually witnessed this song in Oklahoma we have many a cowboy...

A few other interesting choices families have played are:
Friends In Low Places (Garth Brooks)
All My Exes Live In Texas (and this person WAS married four times)
Highway to Hell (ACDC) Yes~I couldnt believe it either
The Witch Doctor

The Witch Doctor will forever be a special one to me because something really odd happened.
I was the director who helped the family plan a memorial service for *Joe*. Very sad situation, motorcyle accident, in his 60's. As I met with his wife she told me his favorite song was "The Witch Doctor". Since my "generation" is summed up with the 80's I wasnt immediately familiar with the song but his sons helped me out with a duet of "oo E oo ah ah, bing bang, walla walla bing bang" I havent heard that song in years! We cleared it with the minister (it was one of his favs too...) and it was to be played for the final song of the memorial service, which was Monday morning 10am.

Monday's are my days off and I typically hang around the house with my two girls. That Monday morning of the memorial service I was in my four year olds room, picking up a few barbies and getting some coloring books out. The thought crossed my mind~"I hope that memorial service is going okay today....." As I hollered at my daughter to come into her room I picked up the t.v. remote and flipped it on. All at once I had a eerie rush of emotion. There, playing on the Disney Video channel (which I didnt even know we had that channel) was

"The Witch Doctor"

The time was 10:25 am~the same time the guys said they played it at the church.


vivian said...

well, now that I know you have a blog, I'm reading some of your entries! that is a pretty weird story. I've already told my kids to play Carol Kings tapestry album at my funeral.. at least the song "beautiful" Its always been one of my favorite songs since I was probably 14 years old. "youve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face,,, then people gonna treat you better and you'll find yes you will that your beautiful as you feel" I think I'v momentarily forgotten the second line! Oh well. Your blog is cute.. I hope you'll get back in the swing of posting! I look forward to coming back!

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