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Music that moves me to tears (or close to it)

Updated on May 25, 2013
by JR Hager -   Aunt Connie loved John Denver
by JR Hager - Aunt Connie loved John Denver

Not sure what it is, but there is some music out there that will grab me, that will move me to tears. And I'm not well schooled or can I read a word of music, but I'll feel it sure enough.

So far, these are some of the culprits that played with me emotionally, and I'll be adding more of them here when they hit me.

And they are not all of one brand, there are classical, classical rock, grunge, jazz and country pieces, and folk pieces that do it. No rap pieces, mind you, but there's still time, and I've been pleasantly surprised by a few artists. Notice, I still call them artists and I respect them even though I can't stand their music. For instance the two grunge piece that surprised me, I'll list first here, was Nirvana's 'All Apologies,' and 'Lithium' not that they brought me anywhere close to tears, it's just that I was surprised I could listen to the whole song. And the melody was such that I feel they deserve to be listed here, and 'All Apologies' I will choose to be on video here. I found them when I was working on my hub page, 'Love Courtney Love.'

While were still in the 'rock & Roll framework' as it were, and keeping this hub true to it's title, Pink Floyd's 'Comfortably Numb' is a real tear jerker for me from the first time I heard it to this present day. As a mater of fact as soon as David Gilmour plucks a string for any of their songs my feelings are alerted and whatever I'm doing at the time is put on hold. I thought I could continue writing here while Floyd plays in the backround, silly me. I'll have to wait till it ends. Or maybe I'll just play it again, again, and then write some more later.

The Beatles as a whole have a few 'near-misses' for me, but none come close to George Harrison's, 'Within You and Without You.' Then after John was killed, his song, 'Beautiful Boy' grabs me, but I think it is because of what happened, more than a strong melodic color, but what do I know. I'll put both of them here for you to enjoy.

I sat and cried at a John Denver concert with my Aunt Connie. It could have been because I was at a picturesque out door theater that was in the mountains of Colorado, or that I was 'rockie mountain high, or both, I don't know. You?

Crosby, Stills and Nash, like the Beatles, have a few near misses but one, 'The Last Whale' was right on the money. And again it may have something to do with the subject more than the melody, as to why it effects me as it does. There are times I can remember watching Jacques Cousteau and I would start to feel the tears swelling, so that may be the case.

Yes, even Willie Nelson does it for me. 'Always on my mind' comes close, but it's, 'Angles flying too close to the ground' that brings the tears on. And there's no reminisces here that plays it's hand, even considering that it is country music. There's just 'something' there that rattles me. Maybe someone here reading this will help me to understand.

There is even two show tunes that do the trick, and both are by Andrew Lloyd Weber. The first, Jesus Christ Super Star, I heard way back in the 70's and may be the first song to alert me of my feelings, and how some effect me in this way. And to think my Grandmother liked 'I don't know how to love him' as well.

The Righteous Brother's Unchained Melody does it no matter who sings it, and no matter what part of the movie 'Ghost' is playing. I could be looking at Whoopie Golberg and it'll happen, well, it happens faster with Demi there on screen.

And talk about movie tunes, all the music in the movie 'Once apon a time in America' are tear jerkers for me, and I find them extremely haunting and addicting. If I even whistle one of the tunes, it will hang on me the rest of the week. And if I watch the movie again .... there goes the whole month !

There are many classical tunes that blow me away. Beethoven's Ninth does it every time, as well as others, and I may be adding a few here later on. One recently struck me and I wasn't even ready for it. I was producing a video for the girls school, 'Linden Hall' and 'I believe' surprised and grabbed me. There I sat and sobbed, and I had no idea of the history of the song, but when I heard about it, it sure didn't help me. I can't even sing it to myself in the shower, without feeling this way.

There are a lot of Tangos that jerk me around, but this one, Por una Cabeza, send chills up my spine. And thanks to two movies, 'All the kings men' and 'Scent of a women' or I may have not heard it till later in my life. This is another one that I can't listen to as I write, or do anything else.

Another movie tune that hit me and caused me to take on water, as it were, is the music from Titanic. Another one I can't even hum in the shower.

Yep, and even if the acting is terrible along with a so-so movie, if the music, atleast one song pulls through, it will make the effort all worth while. Like the movie Body Guard. That is the movie, right? I think it's the best thing Whitney Houston has ever done.

And this movie has two tearjerkers in it. The movie is 'The Deer Hunter' - the music is by The Letterman and John Williams. Both probably hit me because how well directed and acted the movie was, and is.

Hope you enjoy these as well. And again, I'm sure I will be adding to this list, so keep a dry eye out, if you dare. And please don't listen to these while driving heavy equipment or trying to concentrate on a test or something, wouldn't want you to hurt yourself. For me they certainly aren't conducive to this kind of activity.


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      johnwindbell 5 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      Thank you much, always and phoenix, who says the ears aren't connected to the heart ~!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Fantastic collection of music. You've good taste.

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      always exploring 5 years ago

      You've listed some of the most beautiful music ever! I cried with you when John Denver died and there will never be another John Lennon. I miss them both. I dearly love music..Thank you for sharing...


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