That certain song

United States
July 2, 2008 2:43pm CST
Is there a certain song that makes you cry no matter how many times you hear it? It doesn't have to be a sad song or even sad lyrics, but there's just something about it that brings up an old memory (good or bad) or triggers an emotion response that makes you well up with tears? Here's why I bring up the subject. A couple of months ago me and my husband were visiting my Mom & Stepdad. My Stepdad is a music fanatic, all different kinds of music. That's one of the reasons we get along so well because I've been musician my whole life and love all kinds of music as well. He found a CD of marches by John Philip Sousa and asked me if I wanted to hear some of it. I said absolutely! I played flute and piccolo in marching band in high school and Sousa was one of my absolute favorites. He always wrote these incredibly intricate and difficult parts for the piccolo that I had to work on sometimes hours a day for weeks before I could play them well. So he puts the CD on and the first song was "The Stars and Stripes Forever" march. Before the song was halfway thru I was crying like a baby! I couldn't stop myself. He stopped the song and everybody was asking if I was ok. I was fine of course but my reaction to the song even shocked me. It brought back so many wonderful memories of my days in marching band, my band director who I adored, my friends and bandmates, the time and hard work I put into learning the piccolo part in that song (and let me tell you it was TOUGH!), everything just came pouring out. I love that song so much, it's such a happy, uplifting, patriotic and lively song, but to this day I can't hear it without crying! Uuuggghh Here's a great version of the song on youtube in case you'd like to hear the song I'm talking about. I love it when the piccolo players get such a huge round of applause! http://youtube.com/watch?v=p3lGr6Cx6pQ So what's your "crying" song and why?
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@laiza14 (593)
• Philippines
3 Jul 08
as far as i can remember, the song that made me cry was "far away" by nickelback. dunno why but when i started listening to it, my tears began to fall. :( and, the korean song, "because i'm a girl" though i can understand its content, by watching its video, thisis realy sad.d.:(
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• United States
3 Jul 08
Nickelback has some great songs no doubt about it, some of the great harmonies can get my emotions going too. I've been kind of glad to see that music, all types of music, can have such an effect. It's always been such a huge part of my life. Thanks Laiza!
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• United States
6 Jul 08
Wow. I must confess I haven't really paid any notice to Stars and Stripes Forever.But I will the next time I hear it.I know what you mean. Whenever I hear the Bach I played in highschool I remember all the hard work it took to learn it.The song that makes me cry is " I'll be seeing you." It is just one of those songs that breaks my heart.
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• United States
7 Jul 08
You should watch the video I posted of the Boston Pops doin the song. They did such a wonderful and stirring rendition. Are you talking about the old song "Ill be seeing you, in all the old familiar places"? I don't remember who did it but it is a great song!
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• United States
8 Jul 08
That's the one.I don't remember who recorded it first either. It is a standard and it is so beautiful and not too complicated, so anyone can sing it.
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• United States
8 Jul 08
I just heard the Stars and Strips you posted. That was great. Wow I never really made a point to hear the piccolo part. What Trilling!Can you still play it? I know that I would be very, very rusty on My Bach. I found a good version on You Tube. The Bach I played was Violin Concerto A- Minor and you can hear and see it hear: youtube.com/watch?v=f7AprjaDX-Q&feature=related Note. As I remember it, I wasn't this good and I took it just a little bit slower.
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• United States
8 Jul 08
I have a friend who made probnably 40 attempts to record Dance With My Father that was originally written by Luther Vandross & Richard Marx. Kind of a long story on this one. Ironically, Luther, himself, never did get that chance to perform it live.
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• United States
8 Jul 08
He probably said "ghuy' Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam". Sorry I just couldn't resist I accidently stumbled upon a Klingon dictionary the other day. I love Star Trek so I bookmarked it. This is the first time I've gotten to use it. How often do we run across a Klingon after all, Krazy or not?
• United States
8 Jul 08
It's probably not that often that you run across other Klingons. However, as hard as it is to run across one, I stumbled upon FOUR of them at: http://www.myspace.com/stovokor Uh - unless you like it loud & heavy, I would recommend turning down your speakers though (unless you like finding yourself klingon to the ceiling.
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• United States
9 Jul 08
I did manage to stumble upon another band that dress up as Klingons on stage, but I forgot who they were.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
3 Jul 08
awwwwwwwwwwwww that was so movinbg! and yes I love all patriot music and I think it Star spangle banner that gets me ever time just chills run up and down my spin! and i love Sousa and of his marches! taps is another tune that gets to me Specially the one John Wayne explains how it came about! hugs
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• United States
3 Jul 08
Hi my friend, Yep the Star Spangled Banner can still give me chills too. I love it when you get a whole crowd singing along, it's like a spiritual trip. Thanks so much hon. Hugs :D
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
4 Jul 08
HI and your welcome
@AmbiePam (48570)
• United States
3 Jul 08
I don't listen to the Dixie Chicks anymore, but I remember when they did an album that included the song "Travelin' Soldier." I cannot listen to that without crying. Even if we weren't involved in a war I would cry. It makes me think of all the vets in the past who did their duty and had maybe but one person to come home to, and when they didn't come home, that one person had to grieve, and do it alone.
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@AmbiePam (48570)
• United States
3 Jul 08
I just got to listen to it on Youtube. It is a pleasure to hear them do it, and so well. I also enjoyed seeing how excited the crowd got!
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• United States
3 Jul 08
Hi Pam! Sometimes it's the music, sometimes the lyrics, sometimes it's the combination of the two that really gets me going. Thanks so much Pam!
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@roshand8 (1481)
• Sri Lanka
3 Jul 08
"Aria" from the best of yanni.It is not a sad music but the music always triggers my emotions.
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@roshand8 (1481)
• Sri Lanka
4 Jul 08
You are always welcome...
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@margaux08 (1094)
• Philippines
9 Jul 08
"Finally" by Fergie. It's a single from her album, Fergilicious. The funny thing is that, not even one part of that song reflected my life. Perhaps it depends on what my hormones dictate me. There came a time that "the certain song" for me was "Think of Laura" by Christopher Cross." But now, even if it remained close to my heart (I don't even know any body maned Laura), "Finally" is "that certain song" for me
• United States
10 Jul 08
I think there is some music that can touch us just by the particular arrangement of notes. There are a couple of songs that can make me tear up which, like you, really don't have any reflection on my life at all. The music is just so beautiful that it alone can affect me. Thanks so much margaux! :D
@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
3 Jul 08
I was wracking my mind trying to think up a particular song that gets me going. I tend to be more affected by movie soundtracks...like the soundtrack to E.T. for instance. Then it hit me...for some reason I get all mushy when I hear "When You Wish Upon A Star"---even when it was played at the end of the movie Close Encounters I started bawling like a baby.
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• United States
4 Jul 08
Hey Pye! There are some soundtracks that are so perfect to the story that they can make bad acting look so good! . Thanks hon
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
3 Jul 08
There is a song Amy Grant did called "I will remember you." That song always gets me going for a couple of reasons. I realize the song is meant to be for a guy but I also think of my mom with some of the lyrics. Mom was my best friend and could always make me laugh. She has been gone almost a year now, and if I hear that song it makes me think of her. Also I guess it made me cry before she passed too because it makes me think of a young man I was once very much in love with. Our relationship didn't work out and I've thought of him often over the years since then. As for marching bands, I never cry I just get goosebumps. I was in marching band too - I played the flute. Everytime I hear a band or see a parade I get chills remembering it all.
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• United States
4 Jul 08
Hey a fellow flute player! I told you we were twins . I don't cry seeing a marching band, it's just hearing that one march. But I too get goosebumps when watching a marching band. Lots of good memories! Thanks Tess!
@Wyldrose (1217)
• United States
3 Jul 08
"In the Arms of the Angel" by Sarah McLachlan....every time I hear that song I get teary eyed. When I was 42 I lost a baby...and it seemed like that everywhere I went...in my car, in the grocery store, in the mall...everywhere.. I was always hearing that song, alll the time. It saddens me and comforts me at the same time.
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@tammytwo (4304)
• United States
3 Jul 08
I can think of two right now, "Teddy Bear" (truck driving song) and "I'm Already There" the one with the talking in it.
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• United States
3 Jul 08
I remember Teddy Bear but don't know the other one. I think it's amazing that we never know what type of song is going to affect us. Thanks Tammy!
• United States
3 Jul 08
My song would be "Daughters" by John Mayer. The beautiful melody and lyrics in the song bring many emotions out of me, and takes me back to the innocence of my childhood.
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• United States
3 Jul 08
John Mayer is great at emotion! He's got one of those very expressive voices and he writes great songs. First time I hear that song "Daughter" I found it very moving too. Thanks for stopping by distantdreamer!
@drannhh (15206)
• United States
3 Jul 08
I don't think there has ever been a song that made me cry, but I do have to take a whole box of kleenex in when going to see some old movies. Oh, but I do love songs from Man of La Mancha and after once seeing a live performance on January day in the MidWest, I walked out through the snowdrifts to the parking lot, still thinking about the lovely music and not paying attention and slammed my hand in the car door. It was so cold that I couldn't really feel it until we got home and I thawed out. It was a good thing my gloves were on.
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• United States
3 Jul 08
Hi Ann! You mentioned Man of LaMancha and boy did that bring up a bunch of memories for me. When I was in the orchestra in high school we played a couple of songs from Man of LaMancha. It was such thrilling music to play! I loved it and so did everyone else. I'm glad you had your gloves on, OUCH! Thanks for stopping by hon. hugs:D
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@jillhill (37384)
• United States
2 Jul 08
The Lord's Prayer. Doesn't matter who sings it....where I hear it.....or what time it is....I cry! The best I have ever heard it sung was at a Lorie Line concert...there is a gospel singer who is with her group and he has the ultimate voice...so unbelievably beautiful.
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• United States
2 Jul 08
Hi Jill! I should have added that into my description, sometimes it's the voice that can be moving. Celine Dion or Barbara Streisand can do that to me every once in a while too. Their voices are so expressive and as close to perfect as humans are likely to get. I don't care what they sing I'm in awe. Thanks for stopping by :D
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@dianagnes (1088)
• Singapore
2 Jul 08
Its "That's when i love you" by Aslyn.My favourite,i loves the song.Even the lyrics have got nothing to do with me without any boyfriend relationship.I feel the song of loves.Its so sweet and are meaningful to me in certain ways.Its the best song when im sad.
• United States
2 Jul 08
It's so amazing to me how music can evoke so many emotions. I think everyone has that one song that tugs at our heart. I hope so anyway! Thanks so much for stopping by my discussion!
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@raydene (9875)
• United States
3 Jul 08
Hi Hon I have a number of songs that bring tears to my eyes..mostly because of things they remind me of and times gone by instead of the song itself. xooxxoxo
• United States
3 Jul 08
Hi Raydene hon! Music is great for bring up memories. Some good some not so good but I suppose it all reminds us that we're alive and kickin'. :D