Charles Cowling
  Stewart Dakers is a 76 year-old voluntary community worker with a weekly column in the Guardian. He wrote a piece in last week’s Spectator about funerals. Here’s a taster: Funerals ain’t what they used to be. Today’s emphasis is more on celebrating a life past than honouring the future of
Charles Cowling
    Posted by Tim Clark This is Threnody (above) all ready to sing into action at Colwyn Bay Crematorium.  It’s our belief that the sound of unaccompanied natural voice singing, in three- or four-part harmony, can create a space for strong emotion; can console and comfort, can embody and say
Charles Cowling
  Yeah yeah, it’s a rubbish photo, I know, I’m not blind. It’s the best I could do. It’s an undertaker’s window. In Germany. Me and the missus have been holidaying there. This undertaker is in the ancient city of Lubeck. As you can see (through a glass, darkly) the
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Richard Rawlinson Cherishing freedom of speech we often quote the line, ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it’. So democrats proselytise in order to influence others, and sometimes those influenced leave one tribe and join another. A
Charles Cowling
Glenn Gould, the James Dean of classical music   Posted by Richard Rawlinson A follow up to Charles’s lyrical piece about the inadequacy of music at funerals. With recorded music at funerals, people tend to sit down, listen, tap a foot, perhaps, and, if it’s really working its magic, meaningfully relate
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Richard Rawlinson If you watch this 1912 film of the funeral of the Salvation Army founder William Booth, you’ll notice that many of the mourners in the streets of London are wearing white armbands. Salvationists see the death of the faithful as a ‘Promotion to Glory’, hence the
Charles Cowling
    Over in the Philippines, karaoke is a popular pastime. According to the New York Times, after a hard day’s work, there’s nothing a weary person likes more than to find a bar, glug a beer and belt out a classic or two.  This is not a matter of
Charles Cowling
  From this valley they say you are going We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile For they say you are taking the sunshine That has brightened our pathways awhile CHORUS: Come and sit by my side, if you love me Do not hasten to bid me adieu
Charles Cowling
For Emily ~ “Gong With The Wind” from DaVid LeCleRc on Vimeo. A Musical Tribute & Dedication for ~ Mrs Emily H Levine~ July 13, 1924 – February 18, 2013 Gong & Original Music “Coming Sun” Performed and Composed by ~ David Leclerc Location ~Myakka River Park~ Sarasota, Florida February
Charles Cowling
  Oh my ghost came by Said who do you love the most Who you wanna call before you dieOh my ghost came by here Said who do you love the most Who you gonna sing to ‘fore you’re goneOh hey heaven is the place we know Heaven is the