30 Day Challenge 25

26 May, 2011
Rat Fink

Day 25
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”:

  1. “Love Will Keep Us Alive” – Eagles
  2. “All I Ask of You” (reprise — sung by the Phantom) – Phantom of the Opera
  3. “Bring Him Home” – Les Misérables
  4. “Diary” – Bread
  5. “The Leader of the Band” – Dan Fogelberg
  6. “Only the Lonely” – Frank Sinatra (not the one by Roy Orbison)
  7. “Back Home Again” – John Denver
  8. “Separate Lives” – Stephen Bishop (Phil Collins later recorded it with Marilyn Martin)
  9. “Red Cab to Manhattan” – Stephen Bishop
  10. “Madge” – Stephen Bishop
  11. “Same Old Tears on a New Background” – Stephen Bishop (you get the idea :-) )
  12. “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.

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26 May, 2011 9:56 am

Whoa, this is a toughy. There are SO many! I am with you on #2, #3, and #12. The most recent one that got me was Laura Alaina on American Idol this week. She sang an original tune titled “Like My Mother Does.” The song is beautiful in itself but the feeling she had behind it pulled on the heart strings, especially when she went out to the audience to her Ma. Check it out. “I Can Only Imagine” – MercyMe “How Great Thou Art” – Vince Gill and Carrie Underwood duet “If I Loved You” – Barbara Streisand version… Read more »

26 May, 2011 10:47 am

WOW…your #1 is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE Eagles song. I’ll bet I do this one almost every week @ Chamberlain’s! I put that at the top of my list, along with: “Bless the Broken Road” – Rascal Flatts “Unforgettable” – Nat “King” Cole and/or the re-issue with Natalie singing with her dad courtesy of modern music technology “For Good” – from Wicked (probably the only song from that show that I thought would ever be substantial/timeless) “I Am Changing” – from Dreamgirls. Never heard that song before until I ran sound for Jennifer Holiday (the ORIGINAL Dream Girl from the Broadway… Read more »

26 May, 2011 12:46 pm

1. Bright Eyes – recorded by Art Garfunkle, but it came from the “Watership Down” movie. 2. Look at that Face from Roar of the Greasepaint 3. Most of all, You from Major League 4. Somewhere, Out There from American Tail 5. O Holy Night – the last time I sang with my uncle, it was this song in 2003. He was gone by the next christmas, and I’ve never been able to get through this one since. PK ReplyRat Fink Reply:May 27th, 2011 at 8:25 amAwesome list! I need to go check out “Look at That Face.” Did Anthony… Read more »

26 May, 2011 2:22 pm

wow, there are a lot….. pretty much my whole iPod, but I won’t name them all…

You Love me anyway by Sidewalk Prophet
Times by Tenth Avenue North
Hold my Heart by Tenth Avenue North
More Beautiful You by Jonny Diaz
I will rise by Chris Tomlin
I will Lift my hands by Chris Tomlin
Glorious Day by Casting Crowns
Slow Fade by Casting Crowns
East to West by Casting Crowns
and lots and lots more but there are my top few….


26 May, 2011 3:43 pm

There are so many, it was hard to narrow them down. I immediately thought of one of my favorite ladies for melancholy, Joni Mitchell. Funny enough though, it is her more upbeat song “California” that makes me wistful. I can’t hear it without thinking about my mom and missing her. She is from California, and when I was little, she would always sing that song while she was doing something else. I always heard her voice betray a little sadness when she did. Nothing can beat Joni’s heartbreaking sound, though; “Blue” and “River” are woeful number ones for me. Although,… Read more »

26 May, 2011 3:56 pm

Only a couple come to mind, offhand.
-“Landslide” (the Dixie Chicks version – I am impervious to Fleetwood Mac’s)
-“The Riddle” – Five for Fighting
-“Goodnight, My Angel” – as you’ve already mentioned
More will come when my grandparents, who schooled me in singing in the church pew for so many years growing up, pass on. Lots of old, close harmony and shape-note tunes will probably be added to my list then.


27 May, 2011 3:44 am

I tend to go teary at the melodies and harmonies I hear. I rang bells in Grand Rapids and now get weepy when I hear ringers. Many Christmas songs can get me teary. Lots of classical music, t00 — Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Holst’s The Planets. I think a lot of it comes from the kind of music I grew up with and when I hear them I am flooded with nostalgia. If I go back to Michigan in the Fall and hear the CMU Marching Chips practicing (the Fight Song in particular) I get all weepy. There’s a song my… Read more »

28 May, 2011 12:52 am

1. “Concrete Angel” (Martina McBride)
2. “Held” (Natalie Grant)
3. “You Can Let Go Now Daddy” (Crystal Shawanda)