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Songs that make you cry

And that's a good thing.

I was on my way to work this morning when I heard "Falling Slowly" which, apparently, is from a movie I've not seen, "Once." I've heard it about four times so far, and each time, I've cried. And it's the kind of crying you get from listening to those songs. It's not quite sad, but I'm not certain that it's crying for joy, either. Is it? Do you think so? Perhaps the best way to describe it is that the tears carry away the excess awareness that a song like that shoots directly into your veins. If you didn't cry, the knowledge the song brings you - too much, all at once - would make you explode, or perhaps just disappear in some fashion, just disappear into the world the song showed you.

On second thought, perhaps that's what crying for joy means...falling in love with the world so much that you have to cry to keep yourself human, or else risk transforming into something else, transforming into the world .

Or, you know, not.

Any songs that make you cry? I'd be interested in hearing.


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Oct. 11th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
Context plays a role in deciding whether a song can make me cry, and how I am feeling... If I am overtired and feeling nostalgic or blue then even Joe LeBlanc can moisten my eyes a bit (depending on who is singing). Other times, singing Mary Ellen Carter to myself (or with several thousand close strangers) can also bring a tear.


Is this the the Kathy from the maritimes, who married Bob, moved to Chicago and was the inspiration for Red-headed Women?
Oct. 11th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
Why yes, this is that Kathy, she said, feeling as if what she said came out sounding vaguely pretentious. And with whom might I have the extreme pleasure of corresponding?
Oct. 12th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
Do you remember a large, loud, somewhat hairy guy named Don that hung with DecadentDave? Couldn't sing or play guitar but still tried to anyway... think Keycon if that helps.

I have been a gafiatte for many years. Married, kids... the whole thing (happily so btw). I retired a couple of years ago.

I came across geri's blog and started reading it. I made contact a few weeks ago and started a blog of my own at the same time.
Oct. 12th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
Oh, my goodness! Why yes, I very much remember you! Bob and I often thought of you and hoped we'd see you again. These days, we are the ones who have gafiated due to the eternal verities of illness and no money. But life has been happy despite it all. I'm still a girl reporter at the ripe old age of 52 - hey, we're the same age! Still love Chicago, get back to the Maritimes to see my family every so often. Oh, and the lobster with which you presented us when you picked us up for Keycon? Still graces the top of my computer at work. And it still smells like strawberries. Keep in touch!
Oct. 12th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
Would you mind if I add you to my friends list then? You would be my second.

Most of my friends are on Facebook, Blogger or Myspace. Blogger for some reason does not believe me when I fill in my personal info. Facebook is ok for finding out if my sister is going out and Myspace... I don't know... I check out my buddies space but am not comfortable there.

My best to you and Bob either way. I added your page to my favourites (along with On the Funway).
Oct. 12th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
doh... I am the anomynous... I forgot to respond as me.
Oct. 12th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
I'd be delighted! Thanks, and I'd like to add you to mine!
Oct. 12th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
Sounds good to me! :-)
Oct. 11th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
I *love* "Falling Slowly." It's on my "chill out" playlist :)

Songs that do/have make/made me cry: "The I Love You Song" from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee--It's going in my Mystical Magical Cabaret, if I ever get around to doing it.

"I Shall Believe" by Sheryl Crow, Tuesday Night Music Club

"Passage" by Vienna Teng, Warm Strangers

"Marry Me" (another one from the MMC) by Amanda Marshall, Everybody's Got Something

"If I Told You Now" (also from MMC) by Lauren Kennedy, The Songs of Jason Robert Brown

"Heart on My Sleeve" by Idina Menzel, Still I Can't Be Still

Those are all I can think of for now, but I'm sure there are more.

Oct. 11th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
Did I know you liked Amanda Marshall? Because if I didn't know that before, I'm once again completely hornswoggled: I love the one CD I ever got of hers, which I picked up in Nova Scotia after having heard Sunday Morning After and laughing my ass off. I absolutely love that album!
Oct. 12th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
Oooh, songs that make me cry. (BTW, I think I know exactly what you mean about needing to cry because otherwise the song just is almost *too much*.) Let's see:

I've listened to Relient K's "Deathbed" about 5 or 6 times, and every. Single. Time, when it gets to the unearthily (is that a word? I've decided it is) beautiful solo at the end, I cry.

"Yesterdays" by Switchfoot can make me tear up, and if I'm already sad, it can make me cry.

"Josefin's Waltz" is a folk/Celtic piece (without words) that is so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes.

Almost any Sarah McLachlan song can make me cry.

"Into The West", which is on the Return of the King soundtrack. That also brings me to tears.
Oct. 12th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC)
Oh, you're so right about Into the West. It's absolutely beautiful. And you've given me some new ones to listen for, and to. Thanks!
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