Wiz Khalifa has been on top of the charts and breaking records for “See You Again” — but there may be an unexpected funeral-related twist to this song.
Of course, a relationship between Wiz Khalifa’s chart-breaking song and funerals is not exactly a surprise. After all, when Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth started talking about the song to the media — tears were mentioned.
For instance, when interviewed by Entertainment Weekly on April 7, Charlie Puth stated that he and Wiz Khalifa were chosen because Puth was actually singing about the death of his close friend.
However, one of the things Charlie Puth says about the song is that it “doesn’t make you feel like you’ve left a funeral. It’s very uplifting and motivating.”
Regardless, Wiz Khalifa’s hit song “See You Again” has been used for plenty of events where emotions run high such as high school graduations, school talent shows — and funerals.
Mass Live reports on May 29, “Midway through the ceremony, the McMahon School Choir sang Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” tune. Many student joined in the singing as they clasped hands in the air and waved them side-to-side. The room erupted into applause when the song ended.”
Alternatively, there are far more news stories printed since its release where Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” is used for saying good-bye to loved ones.
On June 18, the Boston Globe described the funeral of Jonathan Dos Santos. He was a teen boy allegedly shot and killed by two other teens while riding his bicycle on June 10.
At the funeral, Jonathan Dos Santos’ surviving 9-year-old sister and two cousins sang Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” song. The Boston Globe goes on to state, “When the young trio finished [singing Wiz Khalifa’s song], mourners at the teen’s funeral Mass broke into tears and applause.”
On June 11, the Gazette Live U.K. reports that the funeral of 21-year-old Kieron Myers also featured Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” hit. They state that the other music for the funeral included Tupac and Sam Smith. But as the coffin was taken from St. Bede’s Chapel, Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” was playing.
Another funeral in England for an 18-year-old man ended with Wiz Khalifa’s hit song being played as people left the service.
Although Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” is being used primarily for graduation, memorials, or funeral ceremonies — sometimes it is used for a combined event.
For instance, the Kent Reporter in England states the following.
“During Kent-Meridian’s ceremony, students paid special tribute to classmate Lupo Benson… The choir sang “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth in memory of Benson.”
Are there any other reasons why Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” is so popular for emotional events? Answering that question, Slate Magazine published an article on April 28 that states, “as history has shown time and again, if you combine death with a hopeful melody, music fans will flock to it in large numbers.”
Slate also has several Wiz Khalifa caveats such as explaining “See You Again” as “not a great or even a very good song, but a showcase of craft—is the savvy way it takes the feeling surrounding a specific pop-culture event and expands it into all-purpose message about loss.”
After comparing “See You Again” to “Tha Crossroads” by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and “I’ll Be Missing You” by Sean Combs A.K.A. Puff Daddy — Slate does admit the significance of “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa.
Like many other fans that choose Wiz Khalifa’s song for the most sincere ceremonies of their lives, Slate agrees that “See You Again” has shown it is likely to be played at emotional ceremonies for years to come — and is destined to be a legacy.
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