COTE DE TEXAS: Make Me Cry

Make Me Cry

WARNING:  This blog story has NOTHING to do with interior design!  So, please indulge me this one time!
A friend sent me a Youtube video of a baby girl intently watching while her mother sings her Sara Evans’ hit song “My Heart Can’t Tell You No.”  This amazing and wonderful video has gone viral with millions of hits and last week even The Ellen Show joined in and had the baby and her parents on the program.


What made the video so special was that while her mother sang her the song, the 10 month old little girl began to cry – not because she was hungry or colicky - but because she was so moved by either the melody or her mother’s voice hitting the high notes.
Sweet emotional baby


Everyone knows that certain music can elicit tears – but from a little baby?


   That video reminded me that a few years ago I had written a blog story about music and why it makes us cry – but I never published it since it had nothing to do with interior design.  But now this video has inspired me to pull it out and freshen it up a bit.


Why DOES music make us cry?  Is it the melodies or the words or both?   Classical music with no lyrics can bring on the floodgates, and listening to music in a foreign language can also make you weep.  Is it the high notes that bring on emotion?


Twenty years ago, the British psychologist John Sloboda conducted an experiment on why we are moved by music.   He asked people to write down the passages of songs that made them either cry or have a physcial reaction, such as goosebumps.  There were 20 passages that induced tears and Dr. Slobada analyzed them - noting this trend:  18 of the passages contained an "appoggiatura" - a note that clashes with the melody to create a dissonant sound.   This sound creates tension in the listener.  When the notes return to the melody that is expected, the tension resolves, and it feels good.  At that point, the listener may experience chills.  If there are several appoggiaturas occuring next to each other in the melody - this will generate a cycle ot tension and release which provokes an even stronger reaction - and thus, tears.


I thought it would make an interesting discussion to have you see what songs make me cry and then you can leave a comment with your own choices – and we can all enjoy listening to some wonderful music.


In putting out my list - I realised how personal it really is.   Some of the songs are from my childhold, some from when Ben and I first met, and others are those I have enjoyed during sad times.  Another warning – I have a very eclectic taste in music!!

So, get out your hankies – but try not to cry too much!




The emotional baby video. 



I Don’t Want to Live Without You by Foreigner



This was a favorite of Ben’s and mine.  We would watch the video and just weep at both the lyrics, the images and the music.   Of course back then – we were in the throes of our great passion and this was “our song.”





Keep me in Your Hearts For Awhile



Warren Zevon wrote this song when he was dying of cancer.  It’s a love song to his family.   Enough said.







Probably my favorite score from a movie – just hearing the opening strains make me sob.  To listen to Atticus Fitch famous closing arguments in Tom Robinson’s trial, go HERE






This song by Lily Allen, Chinese, is a love song written for her mother.  The English Capital Childrens Choir singing this song makes it all the more sweet.  




The Book of Love


 It’s hard to pick ONE Peter Gabriel song that makes you cry – so many do because his voice is just so beautiful.  This song, The Book of Love, is so emotional – I can listen to it over and over again for one hour straight. 


Adele



OK I know this is a cliché.  But is there a better break up song to cry to than this?  No.  I didn’t think so!   This song inspired the Wall Street Journal to write an article of why songs make us cry!



The River 




My all time favorite Christmas song – by Joni Mitchell – the 60s singer songwriter who just celebrated her 70th birthday.  A total tearjerker – caused by her lyrics and the notes. 






I dare you not to cry at this one!   Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli’s Time to Say Goodbye.  I know it’s an easy choice,  but it’s so incredible.









Oh God, this song by Nanci Griffith is a killer about farmers - “you’ll be the mule, I’ll be the plow, we’ll work it out – there’s still a lot of love here in these troubled fields.”  Not sure why a song about the dustbowl makes me cry, but it’s the combination of the lyrics and her vocals.








This song, by my all-time favorite band, The National, is heard at the end of the movie Warrior.   I’m never sure if it’s the movie or the music that brings on the tears.  If you aren’t familiar with The National which features the fabulous baritone of Matt Berninger, the dual guitars of the Dessner twins, and impeccable percussion by Bryan Devendorf, I can’t recommend them enough.






A college boyfriend introduced me to this album by Frank Sinatra "Old Blue Eyes is Back."  So many great songs are on it – and his voice was so fabulous at this age.  Of course, college love make you cry over songs like this – Dream Away – written by Paul Williams.






Oh such a sweet song about a dying man - with all his faults - and how wonderful he is despite it all.   The King and I's Something Wonderful - sung by Carly Simon.






OK, OK - Bella's Lullaby from Twilight!  Of course!   Carter Burwell wrote this underlying song for his wife when they broke up.  When he was asked to write the soundtrack for the first Twilight movie, he asked his wife's permission to use their "love song" which she of course gave.  He didn't write the score for the second or third movie in the series, but, he was brought back for the final 4th and 5th movies - where he wove this love song throughout the soundtracks.  It's a beautiful melody.







This song sums up so much - growing up with the Beatles in the 60s,  John Lennon’s untimely murder – and this pure long song to Yoko whom I think the entire world hated, blaming her for breaking up the Beatles.  John didn't care – the bad press seemed to make him love her all that much more.  This song came out after he had been shot by a deranged fan.   John had such a beautiful voice.  I know many people thought of the Beatles as John Lennon and Paul McCartney - cowriting all the songs, but when you really know their individual voices you can tell who wrote which song.  John was the real talent there - in my opinion.  His Dream is one of the prettiest songs ever written – especially with his falsetto soaring  HERE. Imagine.  Julia.  Dear Prudence. Across the Universe.  I’m Happy Just to Dance with You, I Should have Known Better, Nowhere Man, Please Please Me and so many others. 






There is something about the falsetto voice of the rarely heard Eagle Timothy B. Schmidt – who also wrote this song – that tears me up each time I hear it. It is one of the few songs that both Ben and I love.







My favorite female singer songwriter, Ani di Franco.  She’s an acquired taste, but this song – the lyrics and the melody – gets me every time.   di Franco is an incredible woman in the music industry.  She refused to sign with a record label and did it all on her own, creating her own label.  In doing so, she lost out on a huge career, but she is a critic’s darling and has never once had to compromise her vision or art for the big bucks.  Yeah, I am a huge fan. 



So many great songs are from Funny Girl, which me and my family actually saw on Broadway back then!  But, My Man, still gives me goosebumps and tears when Barbra sings goodbye to bad-boy Nicky Arnstein.    Barbra is famous for tearjerkers, but this one is my personal favorite.






There are so many great Dave Matthews Band love songs – Satellite, Crash, You & Me, Baby Blue, Grace is Gone,  that bring on the tears.  It was so hard to decide though between Crash or Lover Lay Down



Touch your lips just so I know
In your eyes, love, it glows so
I'm bare boned and crazy for you
When you come crash
Into me, baby
And I come into you
In a boys dream
In a boys dream
If I've gone overboard
Then I'm begging you
To forgive me
In my haste
When I'm holding you so girl
Close to me



or when Dave starts telling her to hike up her skirt, a little more -
well.. DAVE!  He is the epitome of the sexy rock god. 



So although my first choice was Lover Lay Down, I had to go with Crash Into Me.  But I put them both on here anyway.  Who can choose???? 





This one is so personal.  Elisabeth, my daughter, was a huge Spice Girls fan.  We took a limo to see them in concert and she even had a Spice Girls birthday party with a fake Spice Girl that totally fooled her.  This song that the girls sing to their mothers in the audience against the backdrop of their private home movies was a killer for me.  I never make it through without crying – even ten years later.  Even writing this.




So this is a small compilation of music that has effected me emotionally through the years.  I tried to edit the list to keep it manageable and I know there are much better choices that I have forgotten about or just didn't think of.



I would love to hear your favorite songs that bring on the tears or the goosebumps or just good memories.  If you have a link on youtube to the song - include it in the comment.  If  not - don't worry - we'll find it ourselves.

119 comments :

  1. So many great songs! I'm a huge DMB fan, so anything by him inspires/moves me. River makes me cry every time as it was one of my dear friend Dan's favorites, sadly he is no longer with us, so when I hear it I think of him...especially the RDJ version which he loved. I was lucky enough to see Yul Brynner in a stage production of The Kind and I years ago in DC, such a wonderful show and what a powerful actor, I love all of the songs from that show.

    Thanks for introducing me to a few new artists too, music truly is good for the soul!

    Kat

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    1. Oh Holy Night and The National Anthem.

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    2. Oh Holy night sung in both English (first verse) and Latin (second verse) by Luciano Pavarotti is my favorite!!!

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  2. Who could forget the great Ray Charles and his rendition of America the Beautiful. If this doesn't bring you to your feet, nothing will.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xk1P1913y0

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    1. i almost added this one!!! it's so great - i agree!

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  3. Music like certain smells can take you back to the first moment you experienced them and how you were feeling at the time. My oldest son who is 11 now will still cry if I sing You Are My
    Sunshine or if his father sings Billy Joel Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel). I am sure they will affect him forever. I always find your stories very interesting when you decide to switch from a decor theme. Alaina

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  4. Dear Joni,
    What a great topic! I never understood why a song could transport me to tears. I spent hours listening to the wedding music picked out for my daughter's wedding, so I wouldn't be a complete mess at the ceremony. I still cried when she walked down the aisle in the garden - to "Edelweiss".

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    1. oh wait - i LOVE that one too - and it's a tearjerker. I totally forgot about it. Climb every mountain also from TSoundofMusic is another one. So many great ones from that play/movie.

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  5. Joni, For me, it's Oh Danny Boy. As an Irish American, I've always loved that song. It's been played and sung at both happy and sad family occasions. My husband was named Daniel Patrick and I believe the favorite son of my father-in-law (9 children in all). He died unexpectedly 17 years, ago a few days after Thanksgiving. At the burial, the priest said the final words and then my husband was moved to step forward. He said, "Dad used to always ask me to sing this song for him, and sometimes I did, but often I'd say, No Dad I don't feel like it. I want to sing it for him now in memory of all those times he asked me to." Then my husband, who had been in the glee club at West Point, sang Danny Boy acapella. It was truly beautiful - makes me tear up now just to think about it.
    Your list of songs is a wonderful one. Happy Thanksgiving. Michele

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    1. That's a great one. Maybe like Sunrise/Sunset is for Jewish people (which I totally forgot about!)

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  6. For me it's World War II Christmas songs - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, I'll be Home for Christmas, and White Christmas. I can't bear the thought that my father spent Christmas 1944 in a German prisoner of war camp.

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    1. Who DOESN'T cry when they hear Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas?! What a great Christmas song. I think it is the words and thought of family. But yes, especially when they have something special like your father. :)

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  7. Joni - I love this round up. You are the best. I am a great crier. I can weep when I hear a wonderful song. Why is that? I guess I must read that NYT article you mentioned! I know many of these songs and you cannot have picked a better lot. "Someone" by Adele completely stopped me in my tracks when I first heard it. It was like it was written from my very own soul. And I love "River" and of course the Lily Allen song by the girls choir is just so pure and beautiful. You totally made my day. ;)

    xo Terri

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    1. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052970203646004577213010291701378 here's the link - plus NPR discussed this - and the theory - and then got it wrong and had to correcct it the next day!

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  8. So many wonderful songs here Joni. That baby is amazing, so tiny and those tears!
    I hope that you had a wonderful birthday!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  9. "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong...of course.
    "Rain On the Scarecrow" by John Mellencamp.
    "Ave Maria" by anyone.
    "Hallelujah" by just about anyone, but especially Leonard Cohen.
    "Amazing Grace" again, sung by anyone...especially the broken.
    "Ben" by Michael Jackson.
    "The Boxer" the Simon and Garfunkel song, sung by Mumford and Sons.
    "Daniel" by Elton John.
    "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" by the Platters.
    "Memory" from Cats...reminds me of my adopted 20 year old kitty, Jenny, who passed away last year. CRYING NOW. :(
    "The Needle and the Damage Done" by Neil Young
    "Tears In Heaven" by Eric Clapton.
    "Non Je ne Regrette Rien" by Edith Piaf
    "Elegie" by Gabriel Faure
    Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Op.35 2nd movement

    So may songs make me cry. I am an emotional beast!
    Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

    xo

    Andie

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    1. omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a great list!!! Hallelujah - totally forgot about that one. Just listened to the Edith Piaf one the other day. what a small world. Memory for sure! thanks for the obscure ones - going to go listen.

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    2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okSW0QNquv8

      This is my favorite version. I think you will love it as I do!

      xo

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  10. This...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmVxRl5bc4Y

    xo

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  11. Last one...LOL!

    Written by my nephew...
    https://soundcloud.com/john-m-repka/quotes-of-notes-passage-01

    xo

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  12. Joni, you are my FAVORITE ALL TIME BLOGGER!! You never cease to amaze me. Here are my waterworks favorites:
    Something Good (from Sound of Music)
    Edelweiss (also Sound of Music
    Amazing Grace
    Downton Abbey Title Song
    Hometown Glory (Adele)
    Someone Like You (Van Morrison)
    I'm sure I'll think of more later. Thanks for the beautiful post! Allegra

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    1. I LOVE the Downton theme too! Totally forgot about the Sound of Music!!!! omg. so many great ones.

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  13. Oh Man, Warren Zevon made me cry. I love Five for Fighting too, A Hundred Years. My daughter was a skater, and one of the things I miss most is the music that filled the arena at practice and competition. Exquisite movement to moving music, sublime. Some of my most beautiful memories. Thanks Joni. A reminder to be thankful for each moment heading into the holidays.

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    1. i know what you mean - elisabeth was a dancer - so The Nutcracker does it for me.

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  14. While not a tear jerker, New York State of Mind by Billy Joel is an iconic song. This is a good rendition performed with a college student and fan on the piano.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p04TYk4j0zQ

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    1. sometimes songs you just LIKE make you emotional.

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  15. OMG you are killing me here I react very strongly to music in a big way, more as I get older even if I am seeing a great movie with a huge powerful opening score...it can make me cry. All of Beethovens music particularly Moonlight Sonata makes me cry, also because his story and life were so complex and he was tormented man..some of the all time tear jerkers!! I would add a few Ava Maria, always gives me watery eyes and chills at the same time and everybody hurts by REM always makes me cry and then Christina Aguilleras "hurt" another serious tear jerker and such a beautiful song and what a wonderful world by Louis Armstrong is kind of like the ultimate "feel good enough to cry about it" song....I am keeping this post bookmarked for when I need a good cry lol.

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    1. AVA Maria - I think that is probably the most emo song of all time, especially for Catholics. It's so beautiful.

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  16. Great post, Joni. Other tearjerkers:
    Almost anything sung by a children's choir
    You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban), especially sung by children at a graduation
    Les Miserables (Do You Hear the People Sing? On My Own, I Dreamed a Dream)
    Wartime songs: White Cliffs of Dover; or patriotic or national anthems (God Bless America, God Save the Queen ...)
    Country music: I Hope You Dance (LeeAnn Womack), I'm Already There (Lonestar), The Dance (Garth Brooks), One More Day (Diamond Rio)
    I Loved Her First (Heartland), the perfect tearjerker father/daughter wedding song
    Always on My Mind (Elvis, Willie Nelson)
    Songs of people passing: If You Get There Before I Do (Collin Raye), Seasons in the Sun (Terry Jacks), In the Arms of an Angel (Sarah McLachlan), You Can Let Go Now, Daddy (Crystal Shawanda)
    and while researching the above songs/singers I came across the following on youtube:
    "A Parent's Love", a letter set to piano music from Mom/Dad to Child, advising the child that they were getting older and seeking the child's patience/understanding for spills, hearing loss, making time for talk, etc. I watched it twice and have never cried so much over a song (both times). You can find it on Youtube under "A Parent's Love -- I Cried After Watching This" or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0sihX98mAw

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    1. OMG!!! The last song -- A Parent's Love -- was amazing. My parents are getting older and I cried all the way through.

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    2. I agree. Just watched A Parent's Love -- got to me big time. Really needed that today, as I know I was impatient with my Dad yesterday (he has dementia). I will see him today with a renewed outlook. Thanks!

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    3. You are so organized with your - in catagories! haha! love it. ok - i forgot this one - the Israel national anthem. They play it on El Al airlines when you arrive and I defy anyone to not sob at that one. The Olympics with all the national anthems. love those.

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    4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLB_mtoEZWY Barbra Streisand singing Hatikvah in Israel. Listen for the audience gasp when she announces what she is going to sing. amazing. ok crying now.

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    5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YONAP39jVE ok, barbra s. singing Alvinu Malkanu - the holiest of prayers on the holiest of days for jewish people. sob.

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    6. Everyone have a look at "A Parent's Love" above. I've now seen it four times (showing it to others) and cried every time.

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  17. Where can I hear and see the video with the baby?

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    1. It's posted above, just directly above the Foreigner (first) song.

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  18. Joni,
    I love music too. My daughter is singing in Select Chorus and they are singing some amazing songs....I will try to create a video to post.
    I look forward to hearing Handel's Messiah in 2 weeks. During the holidays it is my most favorite event to attend at a local nearby church.
    pve

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    1. let me know if you do the video - i would love to hear it!

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  19. This is just what the doctor ordered.. a rough week and this was perfect to end it!! Thank you!!

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  20. I'm in love with the "virtual" duet of Barbra Streisand and Jackie Evancho singing Somewhere. Check it out:

    http://youtu.be/0PdiRVERxLI

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    1. i love Jackie too. this one is a killer. this is the song ben and i had our first dance to at our wedding.

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  21. Hallelujah sung by K.D. Lang...weep weep weep
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_NpxTWbovE

    Bonnie

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  22. Same Auld Lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg, Philadelphia by Neil Young and Friends by Elton John. Many of those already mentioned are on my list as well. Thanks for the thoughtful post! Robin

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  23. Lovely post...I watched the baby video many times, and somehow, it makes me feel bad ! I couldn't have continued singing if that were my baby ! The biggest tearjerkers for me are "Danny Boy" and definitely "Time to Say Goodbye" - love the version you posted here...... Thanks for an enjoyable, albeit tearful, post !

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  24. Due to circumstances beyond my control, Everything makes me cry these days.
    But I did see this video a while back and I thought it was so very very sweet and touching. I agree, it would have been hard to continue singing if that were my baby .. or at least, not pick her up.

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  25. He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones

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  26. Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen always does it for me!

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  27. The Wrong Child by R.E.M. This one makes me sob.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJflQnMDTcs

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    1. but it's OKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!! good one.

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  28. What a great topic! You've got some really good ones here (and thanks for Nanci Griffith's "Trouble in the Fields" - love that one). So many songs make me cry, but at the moment I can't think of that many! May add more later. Another Joni Mitchell, "The Circle Game" - danced with my son to that at his wedding, sniff, sniff. Also Kathy Mattea's "Where've You Been" always gets to me, and Linda Ronstadt's "Long Long Time." John Prine's "Hello in There" will make you cry. Trying to think of old Broadway tunes and came up with "This Nearly Was Mine" from "South Pacific" - love that one. My friend Amy White wrote one that just makes me blubber - "The Best Dog." You can see her perform it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ur3CQoKcb9k#t=260

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  29. Chi il bel sogno di Doretta--my favorite aria and the only song I like from Puccinni's La Rondine. I sob. http://youtu.be/J-gFsXfbF08
    Also All By Myself--love, love, love. http://youtu.be/qn1POP9suHo
    La Mamma Morta --ah--the angst! http://youtu.be/ojKKCRLEdYM

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  30. P.S. On the same theme as "Circle Game" but for a little girl, "Turn Around" by Malvina Reynolds. Those like me who are old enough remember this from a Kodak ad in the 1960's.

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  31. Cheryl Crow - Safe and Sound
    Iz Kamakawiwo'ole - Somewhere over the rainbow

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  32. You've made the quite the list of tearjerkers indeed! I would add James Taylor's "Fire and Rain". (...but I always thought that I'd see you again...) Kills me every time. Also, one without words but so hauntingly beautiful. Massenet "Meditation" from Thais, performed by Yo Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtiIpIJ5J2Q

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  33. Some great tear-jerking memory laden songs. I'll add Diamonds and Rust by Joan Baez.

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  34. Oh!
    "Time In a Bottle" by Jim Croce
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO1rMeYnOmM

    "Eleanor Rigby" by the Beatles
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0gpPs4flw8

    xo

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  35. Oops. This is the Beatles...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqVnfiTbKQk

    xo

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  36. I think the baby is afraid of mom's strange sounds and the mother should not have continued doing it just to video it.

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    1. I agree, I think the baby is conflicted! Nice that his/her mother is singing, but the song choice is so adult, filled with negative wording/emotions. He/she's confused, trying to figure out if mom is happy, sad, subsequently paralleling her emotions. I'm hoping that I'm wrong and the mother is more astute at reading her child and would have given him/her comfort if warranted. Anyway ... thank you Joni for your brilliant timely article, loved all the wonderful songs/memories ... you are the best blogger and the only one I follow! Not really Anonymous, just lazy, first post!

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    2. Love Joni, not too crazy about the mother who gets her 15 minutes of internet fame at the expense of her sensitive baby. A couple of years ago, the internet was full of laughing babies. Now its the crying babies. I liked the laughing babies better.

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  37. "The Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkle

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTCNwgzM2rQ

    Somewhere Over The Rainbow Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1bFr2SWP1I

    "Imagine" by John Lennon

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLgYAHHkPFs

    I need to stop this! It feels good to cry sometimes, though.

    xo

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  38. Joni: I read books with my granddaughter for her AP English and just yesterday she wrote her thesis on "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin and a good part of the story is how the protagonist is moved and awakened by music played by one of her mentors while experiencing love that can never be. Then this morning I open your post. One of life's synchronicites. Music brings us in touch with our soul and true being. You chose incredible songs - I loved John Lennon also. But even with all the romantic songs I have to say nothing moves me like "Amazing Grace." I cannot hear it without crying. Thank you for this heartfelt post. In a way it is connected to decorating because it is the same spiritual connection that draws us to the beauty of design. Thank you again for your wonderful site.
    Janice

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  39. Joni, it is 9:00 AM and I need to meet a client in 1/2 hour, why did you make me cry? Now I need to redo my make up. Well I will listen to all the songs tonight and think about life! You are a joy.

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  40. Some of my favorite tear jerkers are Che Gelida Manina sung by Pavarotti from La Boheme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMLRRWl00vc) So romantic! And the duet Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren from Der Rosenkavalier (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqcEmphjvB8). You don't need to understand the language to feel it, but once you do know what they are saying, it is more than one could have dreamed the meaning could be! I think music is how the soul expresses itself best.

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  41. Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, both instrumental: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRMz8fKkG2g , and the a capella choral version Agnus Dei that I sang with my college choir: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCJ3vR3I9z0.

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    1. Same here for Adagio for Strings.

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  42. Having just returned from my younger sister's funeral just 2 weeks ago, I can relate to so many of these tear jerking songs. It seems when you lose someone so close to you, suddenly every song you hear brings back memories of that person. It's as if they are playing them for you to help you
    remember the good times. We ended my sister's service with the very, very emotional Celine Dion song "Fly". Watch the lyrics video on youtube and make sure you have your tissues ready. "Fly, fly little wing, fly beyond imagining... escape the sorrow and the pain, and fly again".

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    1. I am so very sorry for your loss.

      Andie

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    2. Andie, Thank you for your kind words. It's been a rough few weeks but, I do find solace in all of the beautiful music mentioned in this post. Music helps you grieve while comforting the soul at the same time.

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  43. Sun Children by Canadian artist Eric Harry makes me cry with the love I feel for my best friend, Michael.

    http://ericharry.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=59:eric-harry-the-language-of-flowers-new-age-classical-solo-piano

    I also cry when I hear k d lang singing Hallelujah. And I love the Galsgow Love Theme from the movie Love Actually.

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  44. As a songwriter, this post really intrigued me. Of course, anything by Eva Cassidy is amazing, but especially her "Fields of Gold." Also not mentioned here, Dar Williams' "February" and Lui Collins' "Awaiting the Snow." (I'm actually doing both of those in an upcoming appearance. Practicing like mad so I don't cry.) Many versions of "Silent Night" also get to me. Faure's Pavane is another one... oh so many...

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  45. Woman's Work - Kate Bush (when I was facing infertility problems, this song helped me cry it out). Plastic Bag Theme -Thomas Newman from American Beauty soundtrack. (Remember the monologue about the moment when it's a breath away from snowing... ? Fantastic!) Closing of the Year -Wendy and Lisa; perfect for this time of year. :)

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  46. Dear Joni,

    Great post! The two that always get me are the ones by Don McClean - it's either called Vincent, or Starry Night - I can't remember, and All I Ask by Barbra Streisand.

    Lisa D.

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  47. Oh! How could I leave off You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore? Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand. Ultimate divorce song!

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  48. Or... Send in the clowns -Judy Collins. Those songs were so popular when divorce was really taking off in the country.

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  49. Blessed/Elton John ( I gave the lyrics to my daughter when she was leaving for college )
    The Prayer/Josh Groban and Charlotte Church
    Angel/Sara Mclaughlin

    Get your tissues ready

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  50. You are the Sunshine of My Life/Stevie Wonder. Always makes me think of my Dad

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  51. ALL of the above. *sigh* (especially Eva Cassidy) franki

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  52. Hurt sung by Johnny Cash. Thank you for this beautiful post.

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  53. Bonnie Raitt: "I Can't Make You Love Me" Hands down

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  54. jason isbell, Cover Me Up

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  55. "Oh Holy Night" gets me every time - and I'm not religious! The saddest broken relationship songs ever - "All is Fair in Love" by Stevie Wonder, and "The Hungry Years" by Neil Sedaka. Bono singing about his rocky relationship with his dad in "Sometimes We Can't Make it on our Own", when he sings the line "you're the reason the opera's in me", a thank you for giving him a love of music. Also U2's "Pride" about Martin Luther King - "Early morning, April 4, shots ring out in the Memphis sky, free at last, they took your life, they could not take your pride". "Circle of Life" from the Lion King. "If I Should Lose my Way" by Linda Eder. So many others...

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  56. Marathon Key last January, began eating local lobster bisque. Tears. Streaming. Have never cried at a meal before. It was the best I had ever had, and knew it would always remain the best lobster bisque....

    A Russel Page garden has made me cry.

    Music is the obvious tear jerker ! Fun to see yours.

    Thank you Joni.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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  57. Taps as played at JFK's funeral.

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  58. Oh my gosh so many great tearjerkers! Le me add The Edmond Fitzgerald (Gordon Lightfoot) Great topic Joni!! Vanna

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  59. Oh, and Tim McGraw's "Live Like you were Dying". "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly. "I Can Only Imagine" - and again, I'm not even religious, but I'm moved by the music and the sentiment... "Auld Lang Syne", especially at the end of "It's a Wonderful Life"

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  60. Waited for someone to post these - maybe it's just me but these two song are the saddest.
    The Way We Were and the theme to Love Story.

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  61. "In My Life" - the Beatles

    "Send in the Clowns" - Judy Collins

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  62. As above, the baby is confused and anxious because his/her mother seems upset. I don't think it is the song.
    Alison Krauss- When You say Nothing at All
    Les Mis- On My Own
    Interesting post!

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  63. I Dreamed a Dream by Susan Boyle - a real stunner particularly the audition rendition

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  64. Silent Night always makes me cry, if not sob to the point of no return. Love hearing it but man it's extra hard keeping it together when we sing it at Christmas Eve mass.
    Amazing Grace is another one. There are others but these two move me more than any other.

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  65. ...standing on Holy Ground...blessings laney

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  66. Just a few not on the list yet (Many of which are also on my list!):

    Musical score to Cider House Rules
    Run for the Roses - Dan Fogelburg
    Have I Told You Lately The I Love You - Van Morrison
    Father and Son - Cat Stevens
    If You Want To Sing Out - Cat Stevens
    The First Noel

    I am sure given time there would be loads more!

    Great post as usual Joni! (And I like posts that are not about interior design all of the time!!! Lots of things are inspiring!) Love it! Thanks again. :)

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  67. Flying Carrot DesignsNovember 23, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Paul. Paul. Paul :)

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  68. Most Puccini arias - They are just so beautiful; too many by Eva Cassidy and Van Morrison to list; Dance With My Father Again by Luther Vandross takes me back to when I was a little girt and would dance around the living room with my dad my feed on top of his. I can almost make it through this song; Pie Jesu - my twin daughters and another choir member sang this in church when they were 10 or 11 years old. It was flawless and magical - could have heard a pin drop; How Will I Live Without You and Keep Me in Your Heart by Warren Zevon - I always think of my son who passed long ago; Yesterday by the Beatles; Landslide by Fleetwood Mac can't get better than Stevie Nicks. There are so many - could go on and on. Music is such a big part of our lives. Of course, My True Story (the cry, cry, cry song) by the Jive Five.

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  69. Joni,
    What a fun post. I loved nearly all of the songs you selected. The video that brought tears to my eyes was the Book of Love, possibly because I've seen each and every one of those movies and they all move me at some point. Jane Austen certainly could write a great love story.
    Nanci Griffith is a favorite and Barbra is always great.
    xo,
    Karen

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  70. Joni,
    What a great post. You have so many great boo hoo songs! Here are a few of mine.

    The Green, Green Grass of Home - Joan Baez http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQhKqlOccHE&list=RDFcZrXZx3hO4

    National Anthem of the United States - Whitney Houston http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drDSALCKH_Y

    Un-Break My Heart - Toni Braxton - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2Rch6WvPJE&list=TLxd0JdS5oZ9HEEQU6kD-tXRkcOmhIU0vK

    Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jorJh8DTMVM

    Overcomer - Mandisa - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8VoUYtx0kw

    Jerusalem - Kim Hopper - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIS-i7eYsms

    I Will Remember You - Sarah McLachlan - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQtAOuBjysc

    I love so many more (as I'm sure we all do) but I'm getting carried away here. Vikki in VA

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    1. Jerusalem - without a doubt.....

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  71. My cousin just posted this flashmob performing Ode to Joy to Facebook and it made me cry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBaHPND2QJg

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  72. Joni, this was a wonderful post and I am so happy that you had the idea to pose the question about music. It has given me so much insight into how music spans culture, background and taste and the ultimate fact that it truly unites us in ways we have not imagined. I have throughly enjoyed all of the links here from K.D. Lang to Edith Piaf and the power of their delivery of very unique music. This was so much fun and I could go on and on about the fabulous music your readers have shared. I prefer to simply say "thank you".

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  73. What a great topic, Joni! I cry at tv commercials, I am such a sap! But that is a whole other topic.

    Some of these songs are not when I hear them, but when I sing them myself.

    Here are some off the top of my head, many already mentioned here:

    Singing Great is Thy Faithfulness
    Ave Maria by Celine Deon This was played at my sister in law's funeral and ever since hits me in the gut.
    Opening score to The English Patient - the theme is played throughout the movie. It's the underlying rumble, throbbing, dissonance that I think resonates physically in me and just makes me sob.
    Singing the Star Spangle Banner
    Singing Silent Night
    Danny Boy by Eva Cassidy
    The Prayer - Josh Groban and anybody
    Taps
    Ghost in this House - Allison Kraus
    Nessun Dorma - haven't heard a version that didn't move me
    Saying the Serenity Prayer - the long version

    Now I have to go back and listen to so many of these pieces mentioned hear I have never even heard of.

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  75. 'Emotional Baby' is exceptional - I still can't get over it. The one soundtrack that's certain to make me BURST into tears (don't have to work up to it - instant trigger) is the soundtrack of 'The Ghost and Mrs. Muir'. Perhaps people remember the Gene Tierny/Rex Harrison/Natalie Wood movie?

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  76. Hi, what a great post - the baby is so sweet! Songs can be very emotional sometimes. My little brother used to sing "You Are My Sunshine" - he was around 3 - I always teared up and felt embarrassed - you know, I was supposed to be the big tough older sister! The music from the movie The Piano (with Holly Hunter) is very moving for me. Van Morrison, Neil Young - early stuff. Memories. Thanks!

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  77. I'm late to the party due to a busy week-end but had to just tell you Joni how much I loved your post today -- even though you made me cry with that Warren Zevon song. And so many great comments, too! For some reason, Neil Young's Harvest Moon makes me cry every time. I so hope he got to dance with her again. Happy Thanksgiving Joni - I'm thankful for you and your terrific blog! best, linda

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  78. Even as a child I found many hymns quite mournful when my Mum played them on the piano - especially Abide With Me and Great is Thy Faithfulness. My sister-in-law recently passed away from Alzheimer's and my brother put together a slide show - the first song was You are My Sunshine - it had me sobbing. Also, almost anything sung by Karen Carpenter - something about the quality of her voice reduces me to tears.

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  79. Do you know the name of the check fabric on page 47 of Nicky Haslam's book. It is on the chair in the library. Thank you.

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  80. Dear Mother the struggle is over now and our house is up for sale, we divided your railroad watches among the four of us, I fought over the pearls with the other girls, but it was all a metaphor for what was wrong with us...
    Carly Simon

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  81. I love the national too joni! So good. Happiest of holidays to u!!

    Jennifer@vreelandroad

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  82. I can't believe every doesn't say "Tears In Heaven" by Eric Clapton. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AscPOozwYA8

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  83. Joni, as usual, a fabulous post. Pacelbel, Canon in D always gets me, especially at weddings. I'm surprised no one mentioned Cat Stevens', Cat's in the Cradle - who doesn't cry when listening to that? Pavarotti, La Ghirlandeina. He sang with his father in their local church choir before he was famous - in competitions, they always won of course. I believe his father is singing in the background chorus of this recording. It is beautiful and always makes me tear up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPamqC897cY. I love almost all of your choices. Thanks for a beautiful post.

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  84. Not heard often enough, and absolutely heart-rending: Bonnie Raitt's live version of "Love Has No Pride" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbqXMQCq59U the link has the song twice, back to back (don't know why that is...)

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  85. Ah, the holidays, stirring painful memories that still bring us to our knees, the hopeful and/or hopeless current challenges, and the prospect of the future - unknown and unknowable. Then the music, bringing another whole dimension to the bitter and the sweet. When we raise our heads, still shedding tears, and look side to side, we see one another. We're all in it together, and we can companion one another through it all...if we choose. I'm grateful to all who chose to make the above contributions. So humbling, so enriching. Blessings to all.

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  86. Let me amend "painful memories" to "poignant memories."

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  87. Agree with most of the above but have to add "Cats in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin.

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