I was looking on YouTube for the beautiful musical piece where Kurt Vonnegut reads the section from Slaughterhouse 5 about war and life proceeding backwards. They played it at the event we had in his honor at Butler University, where he was meant to speak the week he died. This is the song that I wanted. It's called "Tock, Tick."
This is one of the most beautiful things I've heard. It was played that night because Vonnegut requested it, before he died. He wasn't dying at the time, though his family suspected he knew that he would. His son read the speech that he was going to read, which was an awful thing to see. I wrote his ghost a letter. I was told the instructors would deliver it to the family if I liked. I didn't think they would want to read it, since it was really about me, and not their dead relative, who I didn't know.
Inspired by the same passage, there is something of a YouTube meme with perhaps predictable but nonetheless affecting content. Here is another, which seems too obvious, too invested in its own pathos:
Explosions in the Sky is sort of the band that exists solely for the gratification of people too invested in their own pathos.
This one is sort of interesting for how badly it misses the mark in terms of tone, perhaps even willfully:
I give this one, a school project, credit for more creativity (though the clock stuff gets a little old) and much better choice of music. Not strictly related (note that time is moving forward) but it seemed of a piece.
This one mostly hasn't music, but it does have Vonnegut reading. It also seems to understand that the move from war imagery to home imagery is important, though this could be expanded. It's telling I guess that we have stock footage of the one thing more readily available than stock footage of the other.
This one is very similar, without any music, but it has more imagery of the home:
This one is from a different passage, and, well, super-weird.
Here's a song that Born Ruffians made about Kurt Vonnegut. It's pretty good.
Here is Vonnegut reading from Breakfast of Champions, which is what made me think about this tonight. I need to go sleep. Good night.