The problem we ran into was that so many of the really good songs in English are about death, which is fine in the concert hall but somewhat inappropriate for performance in a hospital that specializes in cancer treatment. Here are some of the songs that had to be eliminated for this reason:
- The World Feels Dusty
- Why Do They Shut Me Out of Heaven?
- Going to Heaven
- I Hear a Funeral in my Brain
- Come Away, Death
- Oliver Cromwell (the words to this song would seem particularly cruel)
- The Trees They Grow so High
The list went on and on--in fact, it became a challenge to find songs that weren't about death, at least not the ones in English. I think the result will be a group of songs that will be, if not upbeat, then at least life-affirming. Which were our choices? Stay tuned for the final list.