Life: The Musical – Act 16: Death

The Story
Life: The Musical is an original aFa production is a journey featuring songs of about life. Each act features an aspect of life as a theme with music supplied around that theme.

Program (Past Posts)
LifeTheMusicalAct 1: Life
Act 2: Born
Act 3: Names
Act 4: Young
Act 5: Dream
Act 6: Teens
Act 7: School
Act 8: Adulthood
Act 9: Work
Act 10: Play
Act 11: Hope
Act 12: Love
Act 13: Positive Emotions
Act 14: Negative Emotions
Act 15: Growing Old

Act 16
Life … the time for the living to live. One’s life starts when one is born. Shortly thereafter, we are given something that stays with us no matter where we go – a name. Immediately, we are nourished, so we grow physically, mentally, and emotionally from babies into young children … and that’s when we start to dream about our future life. Growth never stops, so from children we move on as teens .. but school is still much of life at this point.

Eventually, we move into adulthood as women and men with many things going on in our life. Whether its work, play, or family, life can be complicated, so many times we hope for the best. Maybe above all else, people desire love, and go through many ups and downs in that quest.

No matter the situation, human encounters also provide a wide-range of emotions over a life with ups and downs. Whereas the previous act featured positive emotion, Act 14 is about negative emotions – so, all song titles must have a negative emotion in the song title. (The producers says stay away from love unless the title is a negative emotion.)

Time marches on. Although one gets older with each day, one grows old … and then, whether expected or suddenly – the last breath is taken – life as we know it is over. Song titles for Act 16 must contain death, die, dies, died, dead, or dying in the title.

Production Note
To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please 1) include the song title and artist in your text, and 2) paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line). The latter will provide a link, thus not embed the actual video … but I don’t mind unembedding, so apologies are not necessary.

The beautiful thing about music and all the arts is that people continue to enjoy the work even after the artist has died. We got to know this artist when as one of the four young lads from England during the early 1960s. Although two are gone, he’s here to sing Live and Let Die … we welcome Sir Paul McCartney and Wings!

78 thoughts on “Life: The Musical – Act 16: Death

  1. Here’s Jan & Dean in 1964 singing “Dead Man’s Curve” detailing a teen street race gone awry. According to the song, the race starts at Sunset and Vine in Hollywood – Los Angeles between a Corvette Sting Ray and a Jaguar XKE, and crashing on the North Whittier Drive curve (dead man’s curve), a nearly 90 degree right turn traveling west on Sunset Blvd. just past North Whittier Drive.


    • Lame,
      Wow … right out of the 80s and I don’t remember it or the video. Hmmmmmm … The sound (to me) is a bit Jimmy Buffet-esque, those I could see him doing his version of his song.

      Cheers to the tech resurrecting your MacBook, thus it keeps on ticking … Oh … that’s Timex.


      • It wasn’t one of their bigger hits. I liked the melody but never put much thought into the lyrics … Until now.

        I know I don’t have another 8 years with it, but right now, it is operating perfectly fine again probably because it’s never taken a licking!


    • Twixt,
      Wow … now that was powerful and a great summation of the entire musical. This is so good, I may have to find a way to use it again. Great notes on the video as well. Many thanks for the great selection!!!!


  2. What a theme… well first one that came to mind is Sergei Rachmaninov’s ‘The Isle of the Dead’, Symphonic poem Op. 29, inspired by Arnold Böcklin’s painting. In the video you can see the painting and understand how such an image [accompanied by this brilliant piece of music] was imprinted so strongly in my mind from the age of 4 when I was acquainted with it . And a couple more …updated:

    Simple Minds ‘Today I Died Again’ and

    Public Image Ltd ‘The Order Of Death’ That said, wishing you a happy and very lively Thursday, my friend! 🙂

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    • Catherine,
      I always enjoy when someone adds a different genre, so many thanks. Besides, it’s one I don’t know. Oh yes … a bit dark, but that’s OK.

      In terms of the embedding, the reason it happened is because you hit Enter to create a new line for the URL. … thus easy to correct at this end.


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    • Yahooey,
      Always enjoy adding the blues to the act because I appreciate many genre. Now that’s a vintage video. Meanwhile, I;m surprised Only the Good Die Young (Billy Joel) didn’t appear, thus I used it in the next day’s post, but as we know, it should be in this act, so here it is … 🙂

      PS: The next act is this week, Wednesday 9:30 pm (Eastern US) … and I announced the theme in the current post.

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  6. Your post Life the Musical: Epilog brought me be back to this one; Death. I had never heard of Loreena McKennitt. Her songs are wonderful. I’ve been listening to some of them. Beautiful !!!

    I had to post my Death song in order to post my Life song. I’m very methodical.
    I’m not sure if many know this group but here goes. Even Though your Gone ~Angelis~
    Thank you for Life: The Musical. 😊


    • Isadora,
      To me, Lorena McKennitt is of similar style to Enya. I have one of her CDs, which is very enjoyable.

      In the strict sense of the rule, the producer wants to gong this song. …. but, after considerable discussion, we decided that title (as a whole) fits the theme. Thanks for the beauty song and for introducing me to Angelis.


      • You’ll realize as I continue to follow your blog and participate in your challenges that I have the retention of a pea. I forgot the rule the minute I continued reading. My BAD !!! 😳
        I’m a concrete leaner if that helps you to know what I mean. I will go back and re-read the rules. AS a MAJOR rule follower in my life, I have begun badgering myself BUT it’s Valentine’s Day and I’m cooking my hubby dinner for when he comes home from his art show; so, I’ll badger myself tomorrow BUT then I’ll forget and it will be over. LOL You know I’ll be back …
        Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your !!!! 😍


  7. Hi eFrank,
    So by now you might have guessed that I also must finsih things completely. My upbringing. My story I’m writing. Anyway, this is another I was going to post but changed my mind at the last minute. It’s an odd song but meaningful. Hope you like it … enjoy !!! In Life and Death – Wheesung (Eng) 😃

    Well, he’s a meat and potato guy. I like fish. I made steak and lobster tails, broccoli & cauliflower, a mixed green salad with feta cheese and black berries for dessert. I like wine. He doesn’t drink. He never has. He hates the taste. I will have champagne. He will have perrier with lime. Then, we’ll watch a nice movie on Netflix. 😍
    BTW – if you would like to know a good movie on Netflix – Stephen King’s – The Good Wife. 😊


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