“Going Home,” er, “Homeward Bound”

By , February 18, 2012 1:36 pm

As I mentioned in a previous post, my brother Jeff died on February 6, 2012. He was predeceased by his father, grandparents, various uncles and aunts, cousin-uncles and cousin-aunts (a Taggart family genealogical category that should be standard issue), and friends. All of which makes the opening choir number at his funeral even more moving.

The Cody Combined Ward Choir sang “Going Home” to open the funeral. Then I spoke. My first words were, “I’m going to pay the choir the highest compliment that can be paid a choir: I thought I was at a funeral in Cowley.” Those from or with roots in Cowley will understand. For those who don’t have those ties, here’s another comparison: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Orchestra at Temple Square, and choir member Alex Boye performing Dvorak’s “Going Home.” Yes, the Cody Choir was that good:

UPDATE: This is a bit embarrassing. I was so caught up in the music “Going Home” that I misremembered. In fact, the Cody Choir sang “Homeward Bound,” an equally beautiful piece. If there’s a redeeming feature in my mistake, it’s that Jeff would have been the first to correct me–humorously, of course. Instead, it was my cousin Dana. Here’s “Homeward Bound”:

3 Responses to ““Going Home,” er, “Homeward Bound””

  1. STW says:

    The amusing thing, for me, is that when I heard the title, “Homeward Bound,” of the piece the choir was doing, and before I received the music, I searched for it on the internet. My first hit was a song with the same title by Simon and Garfunkel. “Interesting choice,” I thought. I listened to them. “Odd, no, impossible choice.” There had to be something else; I kept searching.

  2. Cathy Winward says:

    When a sibling dies, we don’t have to remember everything, it is hard enough. So sorry for your loss.

  3. wynne says:

    Bless your sweet heart! xoxoxo

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