One of the most beatutful or sad short pieces for me is
Gerald Finzi's Eclogue for piano and strings.....................
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The decency or otherwise doesn't effect how many tears I shed but I obviously prefer to listen to a good system or phones.
I was listening to "Time of your Life" by Paul Oakenfold on Bunkka yesterday morning which I love but it has an emotional effect on my that's not entirely comfortable but difficult to pin down - regret is the closest I can get to.
As for sadness, Taverner's Innocence (can remember exactly which piece).
Music from Classical through to Electronica often really excites the hell out of me, especially low frequencies - I'm a bass junky that only a good stereo gives! I probably annoy other people at classical concerts because I find it very hard to keep still.
It's not the lyrics necessarily. Back in July, a very, very good friend died from a heart attack in the night. I knew this guy since the seventies so we shared a lot of musical experiences together. The loss is even more painful when listening to music we shared.
As for watching films... I get dehydrated!
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Cyril Scott: Lotus Land op. 47 no. 1 does it for me . This performance has me tingling as I type.
Edward Cohen, piano Recorded live at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Concert Hall.
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If I do get into an emotional state, I would usually continue listening to that song rather than stopping.
Especially it involves memories of my late parents...
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Enough with all this 'deep and meaningful' stuff.
I have a version of "love will tear us apart", live at Goldsmiths college (I think) that causes me to punch the air with joy when ever it comes around on my gym playlist.
Joy Division might have a certain reputation, but I have always found their live performances strangely uplifting.
Edit for punctuation.
We do so many shows in a row,
And these towns all look the same,
We just pass the time in our hotel room
And wander 'round backstage,
Till the lights come up, and we hear that crowd,
And we remember why we came.
A lot of his foot stamping and shouting, with lots of improvised references to various musical styles within the context of Monti's Csardas. Pretty horrific actually.
Complete agree about his 'Lark...' though. It was beautiful.
You bunch of EDITED snobs, it's the last night, it's supposed to be fun! I laughed like a drain when he threw the riff from Kashmir in there but then I ain't sophistimacated like wot you are...
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Christina Aguilera's Hurt, and Leona Lewis' cover of Run by Snow Patrol are the main two for me.
Aerosmith's Dream On can get me on a bad day...
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Whilst I agree with you in a sense, as a regular Promenader in times past I find the current style to be over the top and a parody of what was once a hugely enjoyable occasion.
I'm all for having a good time and maybe it is an age thing, but I find the current levels of audience interaction crass and the incessent bobbing up and down to be laughable, not in a good way.
No, that's because i'm not afraid of feeling my emotions!
There are (too) many pieces of music (to mention) that make me become emotional. Enjoy, enjoy!
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Don't go to the last night then, it's on for a couple of months, I'm see another prom instead. Anyway they've been doing all that stuff for as long as I can remember watching it. It's all a little hurrah for Henry for me but I don't begrudge the middle classes their enjoyment.
Which is exactly what I do. I used to go regularly, starting back in the early 70's and although noisy, the last night was always good fun and in my view less crass than it is now.
As I said, it maybe an age thing, it is the crowd reaction I do not like so I avoid it, no problem. I do not recall saying that others should not, just that I no longer enjoy it.
That said, I have not been to a last night in something like 30 years, maybe it is better in person than on TV or radio.
I will admit, the party poppers get on my EDITED...
I guess most songs that move us emotionally are ones that remind us of a certain time, or of certain people, so I won't bother with those, as some are truly awful.
So songs that have an emotional impact without that personal relationship are a little thinner on the ground. OK, these.
Lamb - Gorecki
Brian Eno - An Ending (ascent)
Flaming Lips - Do You Realize
Glen Campbell - Witchita Lineman
I'm sure there are more, but they are the ones that come to mind at the moment.
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Oh yeah, the "And I need you more than want you, and I want you for all time" line kicks me in the guts every time. Not as much as when people spell Wichita wrong though...
People will laugh but there are any number of Bjork tracks that get me going, highly emotional singer in a very different sense to how people usually use that term to describe singists.
Not generally a fan of duets but one that does get me is Love Hurts by Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris.
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