I'm a musician and know the power and value of music. I'm curious what people find emotional in music (and looking for trends for a paper I'm going to write).
It's very simple - post the name of a piece of music that moves you to tears, causes a lump in your throat or affects you emotionally. For bonus points tell us why!
I'll start - I'm a classical musician so for me it has to be Bach:
Kyrie, Mass in B Minor (J. S. Bach)
To maintain balance I'll post a piece of pop music that affects me:
Sunday, Bloody Sunday (U2)
I don't know about pieces of music because I am not a big fan of Mozart or Bach but A couple of songs make me really emotional:
"Tonight I Wanna Cry" - Keith Urban
"Say what You Will" - Damhnait Doyle
"Travelin' Soldier" - Dixie Chicks
But there is also a music video that made me cry. I wrote a hub on it. http://hubpages.com/hub/This-Video-Made-Me-Cry
Those are the songs that bring me to tears every time I listen to them. I am not sure that it is a good thing but it seems like a good thing because songs are supposed to get you emotional in some way. Either it makes you happy, sad, lazy, or it reminds you of something. At least it makes you feel something.
Speaking of 'lump in my throat'......Celine Dion does that to me.
I agree with Sunday, Bloody Sunday. I am embarassed to say that, since I had my daughter, "I Hope You Dance" by Leeann Womack. I am sure I didn't spell her name right... oh well.
Love Bach, especially Bist Du Bei Mir, but also very moved by Agnus Dei from Haydn's Missa Brevis (sang his Benedictus for a friend's wedding, also a lovely piece)
Contemporary tends more on the mood of the moment, but was devastated by Sarah McLaughlin piece used for S.P.C.A. commercial, "In The Arms of The Angels"
I am going to try to make a point here. I don't intend to hurt anybody's feelings. Words may get in the way, but I hope readers will not take my opinions personally, as I was deleted a couple of months ago for speaking my mind on one of these exchanges.
I am a musician who now plays the Christian music circuit as I finally came to terms with myself that, most of pop/jazzrock music was about partying,and detrimental to my health..
I will not boast of my technical abilities but I can assure you music is not only emotional. It can also be very intellectual, as some or most of us don't really listen to the lyrics or even understand most of them.
I am capable of switching off the tears and turning on arrays of chord/harmonic substitutions and rhythm in passages, things that emotions will not allow me to do in the spare of the moment during perfrmance.These become passages that I end up wrapping my emotions around later when I listen to them, r and I sometimes wonder where that inspiration came from.
There is a lot of the need to be detached from the ego and the self sometimes in performance situations in order to tap into some parts of you that are usually suppressed by old emotions that is also the Known and can be limiting or boring at times.
My choices, Joe cockers version of 'With a little help from my friends. if i was a Beatles and went to Woodstock that day, I would dig a hole and hide in it before the performance was over
Kid Gharlemagne, feels like you were pushed off a cliff, and being prevented from crashing to the bottom.
Have you heard Woody Herman's rendition of Steely Dans' Tunes Album is called Chick Donald, Walter and Woodrow?
Classical music Dvorak's symphony du Nouveax Monde(not sure about the spelling.
I got to go now.
Finlandia by Sibelius moves me to extreme awe. When I listen to it as a form of meditation, It makes me think of God and the immensity of the concept of the Allness of God, the power of God and Unity of God in me and all things. Sometimes I use it as a morning meditation of connecting with God, infilling with the power of God in my life, to help me do all that I need to do for the day. Yet it reminds me to "know the love and meekness" of God as well, I feel the humility as a human in Its grips of life. It is definitely an eye opener and a lift to start my day.
How Great Thou Art puts a lump n my throat,, Amazing Grace makes me cry and I don't know why, and What a Wonderful World, by Louis Armstrong
I am sure there are others but those came to mind first. Let me think.......
Celebrate--it makes me wanna dance around the house! LOL
What wonderful responses - thanks and keep them coming! It proves that hubbers have an eclectic and discerning listening list. While I have heard the majority of pieces you all mentioned, there were some that have gone onto my 'things to do' list.
I'm interested in what actual financial value you put on such pieces. Did you discover them accidentally, or hear them and then buy the music? If they're printed (such as in a song book, sheet music, hymnal or classical miniature score, have you been tempted to buy them?
In case you're suspicious or cynical (and no harm to have such critical apparatus when dealing with the web!), I should further explain that I'm looking for ideas for a piece I'm writing for an academic journal. Musicians, particularly those outside mainstream (pop) music, are notoriously bad at putting value on their work, yet it obviously affects most people's lives.
Could you do without music for any great length of time? Do you *need* it, for example, to work or study or put yourself to sleep?
My thanks in advance for your opinions.
I too am a musician. And when I listen to music, I really listen to it...I can't help listening to the harmonic structure, the play of rhythms, the melody and melodic and instrumental changes and interplay. The more complicated the better. I love Beethoven for that reason. Every time I listen to it I hear something new.
I also like Mendelssohn, Mahler, Bach and Vivaldi. The list goes on and on. I was a jazz singer, so I also enjoy Miles Davis and musicians of his ilk, as well as singers like Streisand and Sinatra. What brings me to tears? almost any kind of music. It depends. Willy Nelson can do it, Amazing Grace can do it. Pavorotti can do it.
I never listen to music to study, work, or go to sleep by. I become too actively involved with the music when I listen to it. It would actually keep me awake. I don't use music as "background"
This is an interesting thread. When I'm playing classical music, I can run the gamut of emotions within a single piece. Usually, anything that builds to an explosive climax results in goosebumps, for me. Lizst's Les Preludes is a good example of that. I need to feel the music, usually in the form of a kind of tightness in my chest, and stomach, to truly enjoy it. Often, blues and jazz have the same effect. This only happens when I'm playing it, not when I'm listening to it. I think I just feel like I'm a part of the music, rather than a bystander, when I'm playing. Also, being a veteran, Lee Greenwood's Proud to be an American has been known to elicit a tear from me.
I find it fascinating that it affects you more when you're playing (and part of the music as you say), rather than being able to enjoy the complete sound when you're listening.
It goes to prove that music can operate at so many different levels, yet stil be approachable to first-time listeners or players.
I have three songs that I would like to share with ya'all that affect me emotionally no matter how many times I listen to them:
1. I Just Want to Celebrate by Rare Earth
This song boosts my mood and makes me happy to just be alive. It's just one of those songs with incredibly good juju, vibes, whatever you want to call it, it's got "it".
2. How Soon Is Now by The Smiths
"There's a club if you'd like to go... you could meet somebody who really loves you... so you go and you stand on your own... and you go home and you cry and you want to die... I am human and I need to be loved..." 'Nuff said.
3. Daddy's Song by the Monkees off their movie soundtrack for HEAD.
This song runs the gamut of emotions, nostalgia, and hope being the keys. Being not only a child of divorce, but also a parent of a child who is the child of divorce it really strikes a chord with me.
I love the ,
" I .....Just Want to Celebrate yeah yeah" backed with those short lead solo stabs. Rare Earth was a great and tight outfit hey and what a great name for a band.
Unfortunately there is a song I heard a couple of months ago at my weekend job place.
Unfortunate because i don't know the title.
Well it soothes me so much I don't know really how to react to it emotionally. it practically makes me confused. Funny it sounds fresh every time I listen to it.
Any good a capella or acoustic performance usually gets me. I like to turn up the volume inside the car and really listen the harmonies and delivery.
I should point out that this is an almost duplicate thread to. http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/3483
Windmill by Helloween is a song I play each time I'm down. The lyrics and the overall music is so powerful it makes me feel better instantly.
This is a subject that is of great interest to me. Many of the tracks that have the biggest emotional impact on me do so as a result of association, so for example, "Massive Attack - Tear Drop" reminds me of holidays with my family when we were all together, and it holds a certain element of notalgia.
On the other hand, lyrics can be a powerful tool for playing on emotions, as when somebody hits a significant point in their lives, the lyrics seem to be almost aimed at them, so people can relate to the music through the words.
We Praise Thee
St Petersburg Chamber Choir (from the Russian Liturgy) Music by Pavel G. Chesnokov
This piece of music I recommend to anyone who appreciates presences and spaces in music. It has made me melancholy on many occasions, especially in those times when life is really difficult. Crying is common with this piece. I first heard this on a CD with a compilation of classics and was so appreciative to find it on youtube.
All my friends, this is today's gift to you. Big hugs.
Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. I remember my parents playing that and every time I hear it I'm thrown right back to my childhood.
And so many more modern ones touch me deeply when I hear them. Too many to mention really. Music is a part of my emotional make up
Barber's Adagio for Strings.
Bad -- U2
Runnin' up that hill -- Kate Bush
Imagine -- Lennon
Tough one - it depends what emotion I wish to release!
Johnny Cash's cover of 'Hurt' - one of his last songs when he knew that his time was up.
Kate Bush - 'King of the Mountain.'
Sepultura - 'Territory'
PJ - I love listening to music - whatever the mood, I can find something to suit, from chilled to angry!
Totally agree, some songs/artists make me want to dance, some make me want to curl up and cry, whilst others still make me want to march out onto the streets and tear off somebody's head.
Love the Cash version of Hurt, the originals not bad, but Cash definitely made it his own. Love this one too:
Put on repeat this one can put me into a deep trance.
Which one is that, Mrvoodoo? - bloody YouTube won't let me see it here
Dancing: OutKast's 'Hey Ya' - just can't help myself.
As for the tearing off heads - Black Flag every time
Gods gonna cut you down - is it a cover though?? not sure on that, love it though, and many other Cash songs.
'Hey Ya' definitely works as a dancer for me too, great song, 'Weapon of choice' by FatBoy Slim too, always imagine myself in that video with Christopher Walken, lol
Never really heard a lot of Black Flag, but a bit of Rage against the machine or Tool will usually get me in the mood for setting the world on fire.
Sorry- Tracy Chapman
Don't Give Up - Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel
Tears in Heaven -Eric Clapton
Joan Armatrading from Walk Under Ladders
"The Weakness In Me"
Time To Say Goodbye - Sarah Brightman
Always makes the Cabin Girl cry ( :
I've spent all evening listening to music thanks to the posts in this thread. Teresa - just did Barber's Adagio and now I'm on Moonlight Sonata and downloading Agnus Dei. This thread is a trap!
Got that one - another Cash classic, and Chris Walken can really mooove. A bit of George Clinton/Funkadelic is the music to dance to. Mind you, they all do the Greek dancing in this area, and I avoid that like the plague
RATM are always good for trashing the place to! Tool - quality, and I love the videos, too
Too many too count but I'll name ten
1. Eleanor Rigdy-The Beatles
2. Beaches of Cheyenne -Garth Brooks
3. By Your Side- Tenth Avenue North
4. Whatever You’re Doing(Something Heavenly)-Sanctus Real
5. The Scientist and Viva La Vida- Coldplay
6. Nine in the Afternoon-Panic at the Disco
7. Otherside- Red Hot Chilli Peppers
8. Lie in our Graves- Dave Matthews Band
9. Finally Home- Mercy Me
10. Don't Stop Believing-Journey
I am Emotionally Disturbed by:
Jim Staffold......... "Funny Farm!"
Amazing Grace...played at my brother in laws funeral
Judith...a perfect circle...reminds me of my mom
Midnight Rider, and Whipping Post...Almann Brother's..remind me of my father
Coming Undone...Korn...I have come undone before...
Opiate..TOOL...Im not syaing
Live...anything by Live
Lonliness is Worse...Veruccha Salt..remindsm e of that winter with the Jager
I actually do listen to the lyrics
I could fill abook with the music I love and why
The first time I ever saw a great emotional responce to a song I was in high school. During 'study hall' we were listening to the radio and "Fade to Black" by Metallica came on. The clas went from loud to teary. As soon as the song was over, the noise resumed.
Roses for Mama, by C.W.McCall is a tear jerker and Red Sovine has several that always make me cry, but I think it is the lyrics, not the music that makes the difference.
Songs about farming always get me -- I'd call it heritage.
High Cotton, by Alabama is an example.
Tere is a song called "I Promise it's not Goodbye" by Chris Cornell which made me weep. I guess just listening to the song wouldn't have effected me if I didn't know the back story.
A Chris Cornell fan, Rory De LaRosa, lost his 6 year old daughter to Cancer which devisted him (as it would any parent). 4 Months later he too was diagnosed with non operable cancer and his last wish was to tell Chis how much his music impacted his daughter and his own life. Rory said Chris's music made his daughter smile throughout her ordeal and treatment of her cancer.
Apparently Chris met Rory and they together created a song based on Rory's daughter.
you can hear it at www.chriscornell.com at the very top left hand of the screen is a music player and you can select which song to would like to hear.
Well a song from the wallflowers always seems to make me cry. I don't listen to it anymore.
Moonlight Sonata, How Great Thou Art, and Amazing Grace always get me - being a singer, I am affected by songs too numerous to post, some take me back to my childhood, some remind me of my mother. Latin music always makes me want to dance, Ave Maria, to harmonize - the list is endless...LOL so I'll quit before I bore you.
Anything by Regina Spektor. It's more than music...it's sung poetry. Regina actually writes ALL of her songs, plays her own instruments (not always on EVERY track), and really puts her talent into ever song. They are all very moving in their own way.
"Dear Bonnie" by Yellowcard and "Hey There Delilah" by the Plain White Ts
If I'm in the "right" mood (the mood to set up a good cry) any number of things will do it - big, powerful, instrumental music that's either classical or about something like love or life. On the other hand, a lot of Muppet music (Kermit, in particular) will "get to me" because of the way it often says something serious about human nature in a simple way.
I'm better with it now, but for the first - like - 10 years that Celine Dion's "I'm Everything I Am Because You Loved Me" was out, I'd be in places like Dunkin Donuts or the grocery store, hear it, and have an "issue". It wasn't really written about a parent/child relationship, and there's a line or two that doesn't apply; but I have a son who's adopted. He had some "left-over" learning problems in school, and I was always politely arguing with the "school people" over his abilities (which they didn't see). Besides that, there's just a whole set of things in his birth history. Then, too, there were some "spin-off" issues for him once he got to be a teen. So, that song "kills me" like no other song has ever done. I'm not a big Celine Dion fan, but this song really gets to me: (Just thinking about it right now is starting to get to me. It's horrible!! )
I like "Me and Julio" by Paul Simon. I listen to it almost every day. Its a happy song with a great rhythm. I don't like boo-hoo songs, but I always wonder what "Me and Julio" did to get Mamma Pajama all riled up.
Afro man... because I got high. Totally effects my mood.
song cracks me up!
Barber's "Adagio for Strings." New favorite, Faure's "Pavane."
Irish folk song, "The Foggy Dew" sung by Sinead O'Connor. "Low Desert" by REM....and anything on that New Adventures in Hi Fi album.
Ever Dream , Nightwish...daydream of the infinite possibilities.
Dream a Dream, Charlotte Church, relaxed and quiet mood.
Where is the Love, Black Eyed Peas,wish for peace.
me, too. Definitely. There are a few from that album that do it to me, actually.
Here's one many of you might not have heard before. Almost always makes me cry. My sister cried the first time she heard James do it live, and she said she wasn't sure if she wanted to learn to play it herself, she doesn't want to dilute the effect. I told her I didn't think it would - I've listened to it for years and still cry when I hear it.
Bed by the Window:
The only song that really gets to me emotionally each and every time without fail is the American anthem. Oh -- also "We Are the World".
Popular music has played a big role in my life, and, as you can tell from my avatar, Bing Crosby has been my idol. I never took up an instrument, but all my life I sang incessantly in Crosby's style, often to the annoyance of family members. Many of Bing's songs bring out very deep emotions in me -- even after all these years. Crosby recorded over 2,000 songs, but here's just a few that affect me deeply:
Just a Gigolo
Out of Nowhere
Once in a While
Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
The Last Roundup
Love in Bloom
June in January
Home on the Range
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
The Poor People of Paris
I am affected emotionally as well by songs of a number of other artists, including Billy Eckstine, especially "I Apologize;" Vera Lynn "White Cliffs of Dover;" Sons of the Pioneers, "Blue Shadows on the Trail;" Arthur Tracy (The Street Singer), "Here Lies Love;" not to mention my cousin Michael Torpey's "My Way."
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own by U2 -- This song was written after the death of Bono's father and although it describes a sometimes rocky relationship with his father, it is ultimately a tribute and it reminds me of my own sometimes rocky relationship with my dad (who is thankfully still alive).
God Bless America, Proud to be an American and the Star Spangled Banner -- What can I say, I love my country and I get a lump in the throat when I hear any of these songs. This was especially true for me after September 11.
Somos Novios by Andrea Bocelli and Cristina Aguilera. This one is actually a remake of a 1960's song by a Mexican pop singer that was later done in English as "It's Impossible" by Perry Como. "Novios" in Spanish has come to mean boyfriend/girlfriend in casual conversation but its original connotation (and the meaning in the song) is more along the lines of "fiancees." The song is meant to express the joy of a recently engaged couple and it was the first thing that popped into my mind when I thought to ask my wife to marry me--and the minute I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her, I couldn't wait another second to ask. It ended up becoming "our song" during our wedding and to this day (in fact, as I write this) I can't even think of the song without getting teary eyed.
Amazing Grace, Yahweh (by U2), and Pescador de Hombres (Fisher of Men by Father Cesareo Gabarain) are some spiritual songs that make me emotional.
These are just the songs I could think of off the top of my head. Music really does evoke strong emotions, doesn't it?
there is a jazz piece that sticks out the most to me and it is called, "septembro: the brazilian wedding song" by Quincy Jones. It sends me on a mental vacation (mind travel) every time I hear it. lol
Hallelujah -- Jameel (but Jeff Buckley does the trick too)
Oh Canada -- what can I say?
Claire du Lune -- peaceful and moving
Full Ahead -- K. Seymour
My Confession -- K. Seymour
whenever i listen to YANNI,i get so emotional.
i dont know the reason, maybe it's because i like
his kind of music soooo much.
Born in Budapest, I'm partial to violins. Carl Linden plays a gypsy violin. My father usesd to say he makes a violin cry.
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