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Songs that touch my heart

Updated on January 2, 2015


Music and emotion

There are moments when we hear a song at a wedding, a funeral or at a party or on the radio and we just feel so touched by it and find it helps us and makes the occasion very special. Music is something I always found a deep connection to and it has influenced me in many ways and it has brought back so many wonderful memories of my childhood or has triggered moments of sadness and regret. There are times when I am feeling a little down and when I hear an upbeat song on the radio it helps to raise my spirits to help me feel better. Music is such a wonderful gift we enjoy and I truly appreciate the artists who touch us with their talent and their vision.

Some artists transcend time and generations with their music long after they have gone and that is truly special as they leave such a wonderful gift and they still have the capacity to touch us. Some artists who come to mind are Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jim Croce, Andy Gibb, John Bonham, John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Curt Cobain, John Denver, Michael Jackson, George Harrison, Pete Ham, Tom Evans of Badfinger, Benjamin Orr of the Cars, Karen Carpenter, Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary, Mama Cass of the Mamas and the Papas, Selena, Aaliyah, Janis Joplin, Laura Branigan, Linda McCartney of Wings, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve and Cassie Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ricky Nelson, Keith Moon, Harry Chapin and so many others.

A song that touches me deeply is Time in a bottle by the late Jim Croce which is a wonderful song that reminds me of my childhood and every time I hear it I reconnect to my youth. The song has a sad tone and the truly sad history of that song is that it reached the top of the charts in December 1973, three months after Jim was killed in a plane crash. The song was written for his son AJ.

Another artist that touched me with his music was the late John Denver who sang truly beautiful and very emotional songs that I always love listening to such as Country Roads, Sunshine on my shoulders, Annie's song, Rocky Mountain High and so many more.

A song that is very poignant and really makes you think is Cat's in the Cradle by the late Harry Chapin about a father and his son and the importance of spending time together before they realize they are too busy to.

I remember as a kid being influenced by the Beatles and their music which is timeless and just loving so many of their songs and amazed how they were able to create so many great songs. I also loved the music they created in their own bands and solo acts. Paul and Linda McCartney and their band Wings was one of my favorite bands growing up with that very popular song "Band on the Run". John Lennon was a musical genius who's life was cut short tragically and I remember hearing the sad news of his death and being touched by his last album release of Double Fantasy about a year after his death which had so many great songs like Woman and Watching the wheels. George Harrison's My Sweet Lord was always a favorite of mine as was Got my mind set on you. Ringo Starr also had songs that I enjoyed, "It don't come easy", "Photograph", and "You're Sixteen".

The song that really hits hard is Bette Middler's rendition of Wind Beneath my wings which always causes me to tear up and remember my mother's last remaining days before she passed. She was a very special woman and I always loved her because she and dad always did their best in raising my 2 sisters and I and I have such wonderful memories. The song as sad as it is does provide me with comfort as it always reminds me of my mom.

Judy Garland touched my world as a young child watching the Wizard of Oz with her wonderful rendition of "Somewhere over the Rainbow". I was in love with her from the first time I saw her in the movie and when she sang that song it was very special.

Two songs that I can listen to over and over again that were a big part of my childhood are Sugar, Sugar by Ron Dante (The Archie's) and Build me up buttercup by the Foundations. I also love the songs Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel, Lonely Boy by Andrew Gold, Band of Gold by Freida Payne and Joy to the World by Three Dog Night.

Two groups I can listen to every day because their music is so great to play are Abba and the Bee Gees. I just find their music enjoyable and fun and I continually enjoy listening to them today as I did when I was a teenager. My son even enjoys listening to the music of Abba and the Bee Gees.

I can go on and on about music and the groups I like but feel it best to write about music themes and musical groups in other writings which I will continue to do as both music and writing bring a smile to my face and joy to my heart. I also enjoy sharing my love of music with my son who finds it very comforting and fun to listen to. He also enjoys reading the lyrics and singing when he is confident enough. Music is universal and it has a way of touching us all and reuniting us with our past during both happy and sad moments.

When I think of my dad and the music he loved I think of Glen Miller and Marching bands. When I think of my mom and the music she loved I think of Peter, Paul and Mary, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

My way of connecting to the music I enjoyed as a child is by listening to WCBS 101.1 FM and I am always hearing songs from the groups I enjoyed listening to in the 1960s and 1970s. One group I recently heard on the station which brought me back to my childhood ways was Gary Puckett and the Union Gap who had some wonderful hits that I always enjoy listening to including my favorite "Young Girl".

The King of Rock and Roll and the King of Pop are both gone but their music will live on forever. A song that pays tribute to Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens is the true classic American Pie by Don McClean and this song is my all-time favorite as I always have to listen to it from start to finish every time!

Music is a wonderful part of our lives as we listen to it, dance to it, sing to it and are touched by it.

Emily Iannielli

fka Edward D. Iannielli III

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    • bayoulady profile image

      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      You named some good ones! Annie's song, by John Denver is my ring tone for my family members.I can tell where Matty gets his love of music from!

    • elayne001 profile image

      Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      It love all of these artists too and have warm memories of them. Thanks for a great hub.