30 March 2012

It's a Sad, Sad Day

L.Diane Wolf from Spunk on Stick is hosting The Sad Song Blogfest today. Diane said:

List the songs that move your spirit, cut deep into your soul, and threaten to break your heart. 

No limit - top ten or less is fine. 
Music is vital to my writing. It moves me and sets the scene. It’s also a great passion in my life. I will fall in love with a song because of the way it makes me feel. And those songs that bring me to a truly emotional place are special.

I thought this was a fun idea, so I've compiled a list of songs. Not all of them are sad per se, but they all tug at my heartstrings.
  1. Fallen by Sarah McLachlan is  a downer. It's great to listen to after you've done something you're ashamed of. Not that I'd know...
  2. Outside by Staind is de-press-ing! Good choice to listen to if you're wallowing.
  3. You Don't Know Me sung by Jann Arden. This version is my favorite. To anyone who has fallen in love with someone who hasn't loved them back, this song is for you.
  4. Over the Rainbow sung by Isreal Kamakawiwoole. The music may be cheerful, but the lyrics make my soul cry. One of the best songs written. EVER.
  5. Feels Like Home by Chantel Kreviazuk. This is as country and western as I get. My sister sang it at my wedding reception for my husband and me. It makes me emotional every time I hear it.

Which songs make you emotional? Do you listen to them while you write?

If you like blogfests, check out the Oh, Those High School Dances! Blog Hop!

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  1. Great selection. That's a lovely song to be sung at your wedding :)

  2. I only knew one but listened to them all. I think it's a great list.


  3. Fallen is one of my favorite songs. I was just listening to it last night.

    I missed this blogfest because I'm scrambling to get ready for A to Z.

    Have a great weekend.

  4. I only know one of those songs, I will have to check them out now!

  5. Oh, Emily...there is one song I listened to throughout last year that I can't anymore because it brings instant tears and such a deep emotion that it tears me up inside. That song is How I Go by Yellowcard on the album Lights and Sounds. When I listen to that song, it just destroys me. I had to remove it from my iPod. Maybe one day I'll put it back on, but for now, if I ever hear it, it will bring me right back to a state I very well much rather keep at a distance.

    Phew! And all your choices are incredible! I tell you, I think we have the same tastes in music. Getting a bit misty here!!!! ACK!

  6. I love that version of Over the Rainbow - you're so right. The melody is haunting!

  7. I know Staind, but the others are new to me.

  8. Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber. And just about any lullaby sung very well. (And why is that?)

  9. Outside by Staind... such an underrated piece. thank you.

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  10. I rarely listen to sad songs :) I'm kind of an upbeat music junkie. I blame my empathy. I usually feel whatever the song is trying to make me feel.

  11. Seriously, that Jann Arden song makes me cry. I love these songs though. Sometimes to get in that writing mood I need a really slow song.

  12. oooh! that version of somewhere over the rainbow is so hopeful as well... sad with wistful hope is such a beautiful emotion!

  13. I love Sara McLachlan! Where did she go? I want some of her more melancholiness in my life.

  14. I have seen others choose Sarah McLachlan, she writes powerful words.

  15. Fallen so fits this category - don't know the others, except Over the Rainbow, but I don't know that version.

  16. Great, great choices! I especially love Fallen and Feels Like Home.

  17. I've heard all of those! Go me! Lol. And I can't think of any sad songs. Is that bad?

    Oh! What Hurts the Most by Rascal Flatts gets to me, but only cuz I've since the music video. Oh gosh, can't think about it.

  18. Great list! I absolutely love Fallen, one of my favorite songs. The Dances Blog Hop looks like fun! :)

    Have a great weekend, Emily!

  19. I don't recognize any of them by title (Other than Over the Rainbow.) I'll have to check them out.

    I almost always have the music on when writing--although it's the radio so it's fairly random. Nothing too depressing. Of course I can't think of any of those sad songs off hand.

    One song right now that I really love is Drive by Train. It seriously gets me wanting to bop my head around and sing--it's got great energy.

  20. "I can't liiiiivvveee...if liiiiving is without youuuu!"


    For you my dear "Ken LEE!" I Ken LEEE if libbbin...

  21. That 'Over the Rainbow' was playing in the restaurant the first night of my honeymoon in Hawaii--unforgetable.

  22. Sissel sings one called Dido's Lament. AH!!!

    Adele - Don't you Remember

    And there's one by Josh Groban that was just right for a scene I was writing, but I can't remember right now...

    Also All Love Can Be - Charlotte Church

  23. I would pick In the Arms of an Angel by Sarah McLaughlin, brings me close to tears every time. The song that makes me cry regardless is Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton. Love the Over the Rainbow song, reminds me of my kids so it's a happy song for me :) Have a great weekend Emily!

  24. I don't know any of them, but if they are country songs, that's probably why.

  25. Have you heard 'Over the Rainbow' by Jason Castro? It's just as nice a cover as the one you mention, here.

  26. Browsing the blogfest list. Nice song picks.

  27. I love your list
    I picked music as a poetic theme and trying to find a song to go with my poem
    Not an easy endeavor
    Music touches us and so many memories
    Your post really spoke to me

  28. You Don't Know Me makes my list, too :)
    Happy Weekend!

  29. Kyra, I hope you like at least one of them. :)

    Jack, Yellowcard is all sorts of awesomeness. Thanks for reminding me of that song. *sniff, sniff*

    Erin, didn't Jann do a good job on that song? Her version is definitely my speed.

    Karen, I had to have something Sarah McLachlan. I would have done a whole list of her, but I thought that would be boring.

    Sangu, Feels Like Home isn't sad, but I still cry. I'm such a baby!

    Tamara, aw! How memorable!

    Suze, I haven't. I'll check it out.

    Carol, there's something about loving someone who doesn't love you back. *sigh* So romantic.

  30. Nice choices. LOVE Over the Rainbow!

    What a fun idea!

  31. I only know a couple from your list. Shame on me. :(

  32. Great list, Empress King! Hmm, a sad song... a sad song...

    How about One Sweet Day?

  33. I like your list! And absolutely love your blog, from the design to the content. Following back!

    Visions of Other Worlds

  34. Great choice. Izzy's version of "over the rainbow" brings tears to my eyes.

    The Rose is one that takes me to a thoughtful level.

  35. Those are very sad picks. I have Staind on my playlist. I will go play it now. Have a great weekend.

  36. I only know 'Over the Rainbow' but I listened to them all and I have now decided that I must hear more of Staind. I have seen them mentioned on several lists today.

    Great songs on your list.

  37. Love your choices Emily!

    I love music in general, especially those that touch you in some way. These definitely do :)

  38. I'll have to check out those songs. I think I live in another world as far as music is concerned. I often don't know the songs people post about :( My own sad song is Ordinary World by Duran Duran, but mostly for what it represents in my own life. It still is a sad song, though.

  39. Good choices.
    Love Staind. Especially acoustic.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  40. Poor MICHAEL OFFUT...of course they are tying UTOUTA to VERMONT and ROOTY 009 to NSEPA.
    That's "PAYPA WORK".
    And HMG gets tied to TIESSEA with PEQUE and DNA.
    ACKSACE with GERILLA I guess.
    OSIRIS was just a bad career choice.
    Although we're told you're all going to Cannes.

  41. Enjoyed listening to your list, thanks.

  42. Over The Rainbow gets me every time. I think I associate it with a movie (Not The Wizard of OZ!)that I saw but can't for the life of me remember now which really moved me. This hop is pretty cool.

  43. What a great list. There are so many songs out there but one that I love, and my daughter loves it too, is Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" Definitely makes me emotional, not that I really need a lot of help with that lol!!!

  44. Sarah has a few good ones to choose from. Angel didn't make my list, but that one breaks my heart every time I hear it. I love Izzy's version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I want it played at my memorial, actually! Such a beautiful song.

  45. Gosh, you've got taste, girl. :D

    What a fun blog fest. (catching up!)

    I know music helped me a ton during pregnancy, I hope it does for you! Anything to help keep the edge off of the struggles of every day life ;)

  46. The only thing I like better than that version of Over the Rainbow is is Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World mix!

  47. Great selection of songs.
    Loved listening to them all.


  48. I've heard that version of Over the Rainbow at a lot of weddings. Is that why the song makes you emotional?

  49. Carrie, that is a tear jerker!

    Jessica, good to have you. :)

    Susan, I haven't heard The Rose. I'll look it up.

    Denise, Staind is a great band. I adore Aaron Lewis' voice.

    Lara, I chose music that speaks to me, but isn't necessarily popular. That's the beauty of music!

    Peaches, it is a great song!

    Cynthia, it's the wistful lyrics and hope for more than life gives us that tugs at my soul. :)

  50. Yes Fallen is definitely a top sad song. Nice blogfest.

  51. I love Iz's version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow - a big man with a big creative soul to match!!

    Take care

  52. Anything (almost) by Snow Patrol drives me into this nostalgic pain that actually hurts :D

  53. You have some great songs on your list.

    I've seen several people participating in this blog hop and so far I haven't seen a single person mention Everybody Hurts by REM. Saddest song in the history of music!


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