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Old 19th Mar 2009, 22:04   #11
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Old 19th Mar 2009, 22:16   #12
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Totally with you on Somewhere Col, as a WSS addict. I'm off to see it soon, on its 50th anniversary tour, hurrah.

There are loads of songs that really move me, but off the top of my head I'm thinking Nothing Compares to You by Sinead O'Connor and Hallelujah (by Jeff Buckley of course). I'll have to have a think of some others and come back.
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Totally with you on Somewhere Col, as a WSS addict. I'm off to see it soon, on its 50th anniversary tour, hurrah.
We saw this in Newcastle in mid-Feb - it was a fabulous production: you'll love it. (Just don't sit in the gallery when a school party is also watching and giggling loudly all the way through!)
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Has anyone seen Rebekah Del Rio's Llorando in the context of Lynch's Mulholland Drive? It's a cover of Roy Orbison's Crying and can be viewed here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLhbf-K10IM

It's pretty powerful stuff when it unexpectedly hits you in the middle of the film.

I also recommend this song to anyone who's anyone:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2NqxqSdFVY

Try not to watch the video though because it's fairly crap! Jonny Cash did a version of this song yonks back which was also ace.
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Leavin' on a Jet Plane - Peter, Paul and Mary - so soft, simple and plaintive, the very last "oh babe I hate to go" always does it

Try to Remember - Roy Orbison - his voice just wraps you up and dabs the corners of your eyes like a soft handkerchief

Accidentally Like a Martyr - Warren Zevon - "The phone don't ring, nono, then the sun refused to shine..." sniff, sniff

On Every Street- Dire Straits - Knopfler's voice and the lyrics of this one are perfect sadness "...every victory has a taste that's bittersweet"

Memory - only by Grizabella the Glamour Cat

Were You There When They Crucified My Lord - by anyone

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - street performers

The last two exist only in my mind, the first in my father's voice as I rested in his lap while he sang Moon River to me. The other, Edelweiss, in my mother's voice as she'd sing it to me and my sisters.
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Totally with you on Accidentally Like a Martyr Beth, also Desperados under the Eaves by the same, though it has something of a triumphantally desperate ring rather than just sadness.

I always well up over Anchorage by Michelle Shocked, all about two friends who have lost touch for years. Hell even the thought of it now - I'm such a softy.

There are many more, though I can't bring them to mind now cos I'm all thinking about Anchorage. sigh.
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To elaborate;

Harrowdown Hill - Thom Yorke

New Dawn Fades - Joy Division

My Heart's in the Highlands - Arvo Part version

Chance
- Big Country (particularly in hindsight)

River Man
- Nick Drake

Wounder - Burial

Sarajevo - Max Richter

Song Among the Pine - Gravenhurst

I Wanna Be Adored - The Stone Roses

Exit Music for a Film - Radiohead

I reckon I could probably do a Top 100 for songs that make me teary.
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I always well up over Anchorage by Michelle Shocked, all about two friends who have lost touch for years. Hell even the thought of it now - I'm such a softy.

There are many more, though I can't bring them to mind now cos I'm all thinking about Anchorage. sigh.
That's the second time this week I've seen someone bring up Michelle Shocked out of the blue. Not that I'm complaining, she wrote some really great songs. A pity she seems to have fallen off the map completely. (Her "Stillborn" might qualify for this list too.)
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This is the saddest piece of music I know. Oliver Messiaen's 'Louange . . .', part of his 'Quartet for the End of Time'. He wrote it in a concentration camp for the only instruments he and his improvised orchestra had.
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