Monday, August 9, 2010

Musical Monday: Music that Moves You

Good morning, my dears. I hope that this Monday morning finds you well. I'm a little groggy today, but hopefully some strong coffee will perk me up... eventually. It's a quiet week at work because my boss is on vacation; of course, quiet is relative since my crazy cat lady coworker never shuts the F up. As I type this she is prattling away about making bran muffins to keep herself from getting constipated, knitting baby socks for the children of a guy in the office who never speaks to her, and the sad state of her husband's prostate. Good times!

The weekend was fine. Today marks week 2 of the in-law invasion and things are going well so far; I've only almost smacked my FIL twice. Okay, maybe three times, but who's counting?

Now, at the risk of outing myself as a sentimental fool, on to the topic of today's post!

This morning on the way into work I was zoning out to the news on NPR when they played just a few moments of God Bless America, and I'll be damned if I didn't tear up a little bit. Sure, I'm tired, but there's something about that song that always gets me right in the throat. I started thinking about other songs that always make me verklempt.

Hurt by Johnny Cash

I loved the original NIN song, but the Man in Black brought something even more melancholy to this tune about addiction and loss. It's a well-known fact that Johnny Cash had his own struggles with drugs and alcohol so I just felt like he really "got" it. He recorded this version not long after his wife had died; he passed away not long after.

Speaking of not being able to live without your love...

I Will Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab For Cutie.

The video doesn't do the song justice - listen to the words. This song always reminds me of those old couples who live so long together that when one dies, the other goes shortly after. Jim's grandparents were like that.

I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables.


What? I've just got something in my eye!

Ave Maria, Amazing Grace, Yesterday... so many sad songs.

Which ones make you misty?


Rich Girl Red said...

I definitely agree with "Hurt" and "I Dreamed a Dream." Those are classic, "pass the Kleenex" tunes. I'll add these tear-inducers: "Everybody Hurts" by REM, "Nothing Compares 2 U" Sinead O'Connor, "Last Goodbye" by Jeff Buckley (he had a lot of sad songs!), "One" by U2, and "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan. That last one hasn't always made me cry but since the ASPCA started using it on their commercials about abused animals, I can't listen to it anymore without crying.

I am much more prone to tears than I used to be--I blame it on hormones and a raging mid-life crisis. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it!)

Frank Irwin said...

Amazing Grace, played on bagpipes.


Bev said...

RGR - I wish I could blame hormones or a mid-life crisis on my proclivity for tears, but alas, that's ALL ME. I like all of those songs and agree about the Sarah M. song and those ads. Those ads are so sad and now the song is just linked to them in my brain, forever.

I love "Angel" by Sarah McLachlin too.

Frank - Aww, that's kind of sweet. I actually love bagpipes - I even hired a piper to play outside the church at my wedding. Seriously.

Samsmama said...

Yeah, Sarah McLachlan brings me to tears. The two songs your girls mentioned were played at the funeral of a friend's wife. Damn thos ASPCA commercials!

I agree with Amazing Grace, and bagpipes. Both of those get me. And Taps.

"I'll Stand By You" by Chrissie Hynde makes me sob. That's another funeral tune.

And I cry at EVERYTHING! Always have. Frank's profile pic is making me tear up a bit, as a matter of fact.

Kate said...

Hurt is one of my all time favorites. Lately "Jar of Hearts" by Christina Perri does me in.

Speaking of tearing up, my dad and I went into Dallas yesterday to see the Bodies exhibit. We drove by the book depository and went the same route that JFK did, grassy knoll and everything. I got all sentimental! I'll be damned! I wasn't even alive then!

Liz Tee said...

Mine depends a lot on context. The one by Creed about having a son was popular when I was pregnant and I couldn't listen to it without bawling. Now it doesn't bother me. There have been others over the years that hit me at different times that don't bug me now.

Current problem song is 'You & Me' by DMB. Hubby's currently being treated for a particularly nasty malignant cancer, and I can't get past the 'We can always look back at what we did' part without choking up. Really looking forward to making it to our first anniversary in November....

Liz Tee said...

Also, I second Frank's suggestion, and I'm not even a huge bagpipe fan.

Whiskey Girl said...

OMG Frank - took the words right out of my mouth.....

I want that at my funeral.... You never forget that song played on bagpipes.

Bev said...

Smama - I love that Chrissie Hynde song too. Her voice is so incredible.

Kate - That doesn't surprise me a bit! I get choked up over historical places like that, too. I'll have to go look for that song; I haven't heard it.

Liz - Definitely. I used to get sad over "Pictures of You" by The Cure because it reminded me of an old boyfriend. I still can't hear certain hymns or songs by Mozart without getting misty over my dad.

Whiskey Girl - Sometimes I think I should keep a list of things I want played at my funeral. Serious songs, sure, but I also want stuff like Bohemian Rhapsody and Another One Bites The Dust. Just 'cuz.

Anything Fits A Naked Man said...

You know, God Bless America gets me EVERY time!!

Melissa said...

Since we're all praising the McLachlan for tear jerkers, I'll throw in "Full of Grace" which I think is my favorite of hers.

Other than that, it's more often classical movie scores that I haven't listened to in a long time. Like when I bust out my greatest hits of John Williams through the year 2000 and listen to the main theme from Schindler's List or the main theme from Saving Private Ryan. *Sob*

And of course the CDs of my dad playing piano and singing, especially "My Favorite Year."

Brooklyn ML said...

I don't even need to listen to the Les Mis song, just thinking about it makes me misty. "I dreamed a dream in time gone by, when hope was high and life worth living..." Misty!!!

Brooklyn ML said...

Oh, and that song by Sarah McLachlan, I think "In the Arms of the Angels." Yeah, total tearjerker.

Stuart said...

The only song that still gets to me is "Let It Be", by the Beatles, as opposed to all those other bands that did that song. It was played at my best friend's funeral, one week after his 18th birthday. He decided he couldn't go on. That was a long time ago, yet it still tugs when I hear that song.

I get over it by listening to some Static X. I'm good at using anger (not my own) to deal with hurt.

Jesus, when the fuck did I get so melodramatic? Goddammit.

Senorita said...

I totally can't stand those crazy office twats. I know exactly what you're talking about, we had one in our office, but luckily for us it was temporary as the permanent one came back from maternity leave.

I can't listen to that song "hurt" or any song dealing with self mutilation or suicide. It doesn't just make me tear up. It literally makes me depressed.

tracey said...

"Hurt" can reduce me to a sobbing, quivering, mucous-y mess on a sunny day in June when I'm filled with visions of puppies & happy children dressed in white frolicking in a meadow with unicorns prancing in the background. I think it's about the best cover EVER.

And I'm with Frank, Amazing Grace on bagpipes may be the actual cause of my death. My heart stops & melts every time I hear it. We had it at my grandfather's funeral & it was a tragic combination of beauty & sadness.


"HURT" is hardcore for anyone with half a soul. For me, anything by The Carpenters will send me to the top of the hill.

Heidi Renée said...

That tenth anniversary Les Mis concert slays me. We taped it off of PBS years ago and wore the tape ragged.

Bev said...

Aw, who knew we were all such a buncha softies? Thanks for the comments, everyone.

I'll post something happy today, I promise. *smooch*

Nej said...

The words and the way Johnny sings them is so strong....but the pictures and video make it ever so much more get wrenching.

Linda said...

I agree with Cash's version of "Hurt" - but would put his version of U2s "One" way above even that. I have always loved U2s original, but Cash brings a lifetime of pain to those lyrics and makes Bono sound like a whiney teenager in comparison.

Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" (the Buckley version especially, but there are a few others) kicks my sentimental ass.

and don't laugh - Simon & Garfunkle's "A Bridge Over Troubled Waters" can make me bawl if it catches me off guard (it reminds me of my Dad...)

India Arie's "Beautiful Surprise" can get me misty - but in a happy kind of way.

Mala said...

Imagine by John Lennon
Cat's In The Cradle - Harry Chapin
Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney

Ummm... I've gotta....there's something in my eye.*sniff*..