Special thanks to Ron "Shockman", Elliot, Vern, Gren, and everyone else who helped realize this music from the most microscopic of my conceits to its final recordings.
"A treatise on mortality and time." To be clear, the title "Future Funerals" was derived first from the last song's title "Future History" -- a near-future, first-person pop song about having a heart when sudden migration and climate change comes home to roost; and second, about the impact of people dying around you over time (ie, the “funerals" that are always waiting for us in the future). The songs not directly based on those themes - The Green House and Sing Around the Campfire - hit on corollary themes of youth's blitheness with time passing (playing in a band and friends/small town drama) in the former; and in the latter, a dark, folksy take on mortality's intersection with time and one's hopes -- ambiguously presenting the idea that time runs out, but when hopeless there will always be tomorrow. "Will we ever finish all the things we've begun?", indeed.