This is rather an oddball post for me, but whatever. Mid-life, end-of-year, retrospective, introspective bullshit.
I want to think that the old saying, “real men don’t cry” is pretty much obsolete now. So I feel ok with making a top 5 list of songs that get me choked up. Sometimes, you just need an emotional release, with all the crap that goes on in our hectic lives.
I can say that I kind of need to be “in the mood” to cry. Lots of times, I can power through these songs or just not actively listen to the song, or just not think about the meanings I get from it. There’s plenty of times I hear the song and don’t even register any emotion, but sometimes, it just hits me – as the kids say nowadays – “in the feels”.
So without further adieu:
#5: Steve Morse Band – The Oz. This one doesn’t exactly make me tear up, but the guitar solo is one that really gets to me. Not as much anymore, but I remember a time when it was really something powerful for me.
#4: Kansas – Lonely Wind. This one gets me with the “choir-y” arrangements. It kind of brings me back to my grandfather’s funeral when I was very young. Didn’t feel anything throughout the whole funeral until the end, when the choir started singing, then it was over.
#3: Flying Colors – Peaceful Harbor. Another with choir arrangements and a message about “weathering the storm.” I’m not really sure why the nautical imagery affects me so much.
#2: Rush – Time Stand Still. A song about getting older and how time seems to speed up. How we don’t seem to realize how quickly things come and go. How you should always live in the present and appreciate the current moment.
#1: Indigo Girls – Cedar Tree. The worst: losing the love of your life. And worse than Rush’s song, realizing in hindsight that it was “the best you ever had.” But then, it’s too late to appreciate it for what it is, because it’s over.