January 23, 2011

Bono sings at Sargent Shriver’s funeral.

52 comments:

Jason said...

Ha ha ha ha! My first thought was Sonny Bono? He's dead! He has a son who sings?!?!

WV: deadoc

ricpic said...

This is what you get when you jettison tradition.

mesquito said...

Could Chris Matthews resist this opportunity toi remind his audience, for the 1,789th time, that he was in the Peace Corps?

Florida said...

The ghoulish YouTube ad for "Perpetual Managed Funds" is quite the topper.

The Associated Press Motto: "We make money off dead guy's funerals! Now Featuring Bono!"

You just can't make this shit up.

bagoh20 said...

That was very .............. aren't the flowers just wonderful?

Irene said...

Next time, they could call William Shatner.

People should plan their own memorials because families always f*!k them up. Families create cooing services that preen on the puffed memory of the decedent. ("Make me a channel of your peace.")

I am thinking of that cold, puffy mourning dove (?) that Meade photographed in the yard last month.

Select the place, the caterer, the music, the speakers. Write the obituary. Store the instructions in the same place you hide your usernames and passwords.

Pogo said...

Bono sounds like hell. What happened to the Vox? Did he drink a whole bottle of Tom Waits?

MrBuddwing said...

::shrug:: Bono is one of the few rock stars I can think of who's had positive things to say about President George W. Bush.

Word verification: prest. (A cross between a priest and a pest, perhaps?)

MarkW said...

That's not just some random guitar player, BTW, it's Glen Hansard. I guess 'Once' wasn't quite enough to make him a recognizable star...

knox said...

Give Bono some credit. He's not wearing sunglasses.

jr565 said...

MarkW wrote:
That's not just some random guitar player, BTW, it's Glen Hansard. I guess 'Once' wasn't quite enough to make him a recognizable star...


I was just going to ask "Is that the guy from the movie 'Once'? Guess it is.

Florida said...

Ann,

This is how Firefox is 10:30am) currently displaying your post (it has the video of Barack Obama instead of the Bono video). If you click play even, it plays the wrong video.

http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/2669/althousevideoerror.jpg

SteveR said...

A beautiful prayer and a beautiful hymn, not here though. See it done properly at Princess Di's funeral.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IckBKIeTFEI&playnext=1&list=PLFDEBF42DB554AC58&index=17

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shoutingthomas said...

Only tangentially related:

When, oh when, dear God, will we be released from the 60s BS of musicians who have to pontificate about politics?

When will it ever end?

phx said...

It thought it was touching, it was beautiful. I used to be nothing but skeptical of Bono, over time he's earned my grudging respect. And this is an example of why.

Fred4Pres said...

SteveR said...
A beautiful prayer and a beautiful hymn, not here though. See it done properly at Princess Di's funeral.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IckBKIeTFEI&playnext=1&list=PLFDEBF42DB554AC58&index=17

1/23/11 9:32 AM



Link

Crimso said...

Yeah, Bono has said some well-deserved nice things about Bush. IIRC, he also goes balls-to-the-wall to avoid paying Irish taxes, which are apparently for the little people. Thus sayeth Bono: "In a speech containing biblical references, Bono encouraged the care of the socially and economically depressed. His comments included a call for an extra one percent tithe of the United States' national budget."

Thus sayeth The Edge in response to charges of hypocrisy regarding U2 "moving" from Ireland to The Netherlands: "Of course we're trying to be tax-efficient. Who doesn't want to be tax-efficient?"

I happen to think Bono has done a lot of great work on behalf of the poor, but it would help if he was a little less "tax-efficient."

I thought the dude on guitar was Sam Bush.

PatCA said...

That was awful.

Of course, I know Bono and the deceased were very close. (!)

Pastafarian said...

Irene said: "People should plan their own memorials because families always f*!k them up...Select the place, the caterer, the music, the speakers. Write the obituary..."

You're right. You're absolutely right.

I've told people how I'd like a drunken wake, but I really doubt that they'll follow through. I've told them that I want to attend, with my corpse propped up wearing shades a la Weekend at Bernie's; with a bottle of whiskey in one hand and a pistol in the other. (Then before they bury me, they're to pry my gun from my cold, dead hand. Don't put my guns in the ground, I can't use them anymore.)

But will they? Not a chance in hell. I'll be laying there in a box, wearing a suit, with fucking Bono warbling and rasping about peace and love.

I'm going to start writing my instructions today, Irene. You've inspired me.

And by the way, a whole bunch of you sons-of-bitches are invited. Just keep garage mahal away from my body, I don't want him pissing into my bottle.

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edutcher said...

As for the video, one empty hat is as good as one empty suit.

Irene said...

Next time, they could call William Shatner.

To do "Mr Tambourine Man"?

Be still, my heart.

Crimso said...

IIRC, he also goes balls-to-the-wall to avoid paying Irish taxes, which are apparently for the little people.

Quite true. In addition, Mr Environment booked a seat on a jet to his favorite hat could be flown to him.

deborah said...

I'll have a few guide lines for the disposal of my final remains, but I think it's best to let my family be as mushy or restrained as they're called to, especially my tender-hearted daughter. My son is tender-hearted, also, but may keep it in, that way.

no viewing
ashes spread over an as yet undecided location.
'come thou fount of every blessing' sung
Psalm 42 read
poem, undecided, read, maybe
drunken wake later that day for those so inclined

Chef Mojo said...

Is it me, or is Bono morphing into Elvis Costello with each passing public appearance?

Irene said...

Pastafarian said, "I'm going to start writing my instructions today, Irene. You've inspired me."

My instructions so far have been delivered verbally to Mr. Irene, but I, too, will start writing them down. The music choice is the first thing that goes on paper.

deborah said...

This tempo:
come thou fount of every blessing

deborah said...

Oh, Irene...(dabs eyes)

Ralph L said...

Raw Video is right.

Neil Diamond used to be the favored Kennedy singer. What happened to him?

Several family friends have had the burial before the service, maybe to save on the casket.

Irene said...

deborah, *winks*

Someone also will explain that I had a Lithuanian Tiger-Mother whose first words to me were, "it's not about you."

Paco Wové said...

Sooooooo effing sick of Camelot.

deborah said...

A very wise mother, indeed :)

Ann Althouse said...

Even your own life is "not about you"? I disagree.

Ann Althouse said...

It is your life. Here's the song cue for that.

NotYourTypicalNewYorker said...

At 95 years old I bet he was a big Bono fan.... What?

Irene said...

Althouse, I think she did not want me to grow up as a conceited child. Hard core; inflexible.

Now, of course, she thinks it *is* all about me!

deborah said...

let me go crazy on you

Methadras said...

Do they get to move on to the next round? Does Jennifer Lopez run up and hug them?

deborah said...

into the caverns of tomorrow, with just our flashlights and our love, we must plunge, we must plunge, we must plunge

deborah said...

this is the first day of my life

The Crack Emcee said...

He didn't announce whose funeral he'll be performing next at the end.

Bad form.

Clyde said...

We're Sargent Shriver's Bleeding Hearts Club Band,
We hope you have enjoyed the show.
We're Sargent Shriver's one-and-only Bleeding Hearts Club Band,
We're sorry but it's time to go.
Sargent Shriver's Bleeding,
Sargent Shriver's Bleeding,
Sargent Shriver's Bleeding
Hearrrrrrrts
Cluuuuuub
Bannnnnnd!


(Segue into "A Day With Arnold's Wife")

jeff said...

They played that TIm Mcgraw song right? Isnt there a law requiring that?

PaulV said...

Friend of mine said she saw Eric Burdon before he was in Cream; he was in half and half then.
I plan to have the Committments do an Irish wake for me.

WV: funlocks Have locks of fun at the funeral

madAsHell said...

Both those guys had to show a passport before attending the memorial.

We have to import people to sing the praises of a life long bureaucrat?

I think that sounds about right....

tree hugging sister said...

Bono needs to sound a good bit spiffier if he's gonna start selling more records/concert tickets/start recouping his Spiderman mega-investment shellacking.

Back to work on Monday for you, raspy pipes!

Bartender Cabbie said...

I have been tired of Boneon for years.

AJ Lynch said...

If only the Kennedys would be considerate and die all at once and spare us these serial, redundant, fantasies at their funeral that claim how great thay all were.

NPR reported [with great sympathy] that Shriver never realized his dream of being president!! For God sakes, how did he expect that to happen when he never even held an elective office?

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Rachel said...

I prefer 'instrument' to 'channel'. And Sarah McLachlan (sorry) has rather a nice version here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGyOtU3Es_s. Season 6 finale of Buffy introduced me to it.

Deb said...

Shouting Thomas: "When will it ever end"

When they are all dead.

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