What songs really “get to you?”
Oh, dear. So, so, so many songs make me bawl like a fool. Maybe it’s because I’m a textbook performer and my sense of empathy is constantly in overdrive. You know, that intrinsic desire to, as BFF Kay says, feel all the feelings? Not always a good thing.
I remember vividly the first song that “got to me.” I was nine years old, and a song called “Honey” by Bobby Goldsboro hit the charts. (Lyrics here.) I couldn’t listen to it without breaking down bawling. As a third grader, I couldn’t hold it together. Is that pathetic? It’s just all very personal and experiential to me. A lot of sacred songs get to me, too. There’s something about the mixture of melody, chord structure and text that pulls on me; something that instrumental music alone (with some major exceptions) can’t accomplish.
Here’s a short list of “get to me” songs, in addition to “Honey”:
- “Love Will Keep Us Alive” – Eagles
- “All I Ask of You” (reprise — sung by the Phantom) – Phantom of the Opera
- “Bring Him Home” – Les Misérables
- “Diary” – Bread
- “The Leader of the Band” – Dan Fogelberg
- “Only the Lonely” – Frank Sinatra (not the one by Roy Orbison)
- “Back Home Again” – John Denver
- “Separate Lives” – Stephen Bishop (Phil Collins later recorded it with Marilyn Martin)
- “Red Cab to Manhattan” – Stephen Bishop
- “Madge” – Stephen Bishop
- “Same Old Tears on a New Background” – Stephen Bishop (you get the idea )
- “Goodnight, My Angel” – Billy Joel
I could go on with this list for days. If you’re curious about any of them, look them up on Grooveshark.
OK, let’s have it. Give me some cool songs to look up. We all need a good weep to celebrate the END OF SCHOOL! I plan to come home today, place a lampshade on my head, and dance about the parlor.