Tearjerkers From The flyPod
|Altan - "Dobbin's Flowery Vale", Harvest Storm|
This is a traditional Irish folk song usually played on the fiddle. Altan rendered it on the flute and that makes all the difference.
|This Mortal Coil - "Ivy and Neet", Filigree & Shadow|
4AD had a very strange stable of artists back in its day, but the compilation albums, released under the name This Mortal Coil, came up with some truly breathtaking music.
|Loreena McKennitt - "The Mummer's Dance", The Book of Secrets|
It's not that this song, arguably McKennitt's most popular, is so sad. It's that this was playing when I heard that my only grandmother, the last of her generation in my family, had died.
|Crowded House - "Fingers of Love", Together Alone|
For me, two Crowded House songs are guaranteed weepers. "Don't Dream It's Over," is too easy. So "Fingers of Love" gets the nod.
And when it comes to classical, the list is endless. So I'll just mention one: The 3rd Movement of Brahms 3rd Symphony marks the moment when I diverged from my parents (opera lovers) into a lifelong affair with instrumental music, and I still can't here it without tears.
So tell me...what music brings on the tears for you?
"Helpless" by Neil Young and "Spaceboy" or "Thirty-Three" by The Smashing Pumpkins always dredge up the feelings, as well as "Tangerine" by Led Zeppelin. All mostly for the same reasons you site with Loreena McKennitt.
You should come on over to the Stary Plough in Berkeley where I play Irish with some locals. Sunday nights 8:00 PM till we get tired.
So, WS, this Sunday? Every Sunday?
Fred, not a Dylan fan, I have to say, but of the others you mentioned...Smashing Pumpkins...definitely! And Led Zepplin, always! "The Rain Song," does it for me.
Big fan of the celtic, too, I used to order odd artists through Green Linnet Records. I love Altan's The Red Crow album.
I envy your having been to Ireland a few times (that explains your shiny green skin). Husband & I are planning a Scotland-Ireland trip in a couple yrs for my roots. To see his roots we'd have to go to Poland or The Ukraine. ~~ D.K.
Graeme, another favorite of mine from the Great White Norith... Natalie MacMaster.
Lew right you are about the Beatles, and as far as Pink Floyd goes (at least from the The Wall), it would have to be "Goodbye Blue Skies".
Every sunday - execpting some wacky holidays. Planning on being there this eve unless traffic over the bridge is too wacky.
Carl Orff's Carmena Burana gives me goosebumps it is sooo epic.
Tinariwen - Arawan: Traditional Malian music done with electrified instruments; this track is 100% goosebump-worthy, and also terribly sad...even if you don't read the translation in the liner notes (it's about a village that disappears because of drought).
Dave Alvin - California Snow: A Border Patrol agent with a fucked-up personal life finds the bodies of people who died trying to cross. I tear up just thinking about this one.
Libby, that's very cool. My own brother is not musical.
Sumo, Orff! Definitely. How about Placido Domingo singing "E lucevan le stella" from Tosca? Gives me the goosebumps everytime.
Tom, I'm going to check the former--Tinariwen. Always looking for something different...in additiion to "goosebump-worthy".
The only music that really gets me is Josh Groban. Songs like Per Te and Alejate and a few others. And Weird Al's "White and Nerdy," but that is because I laugh pretty hard thinking of people I know like that