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.
I thought I should check the spelling before writing it, but I couldn't be bothered, and as you were online, I knew you'd correct my mistake for me if I had made one.
Thank you The_Lhc.
It's a tune though, however you spell it.
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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.
This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren
This thread is straying very close to country music here, I am not sure that is allowed.
GP was one of those rare singers who could, take a sugary, sentimental, quite awful country and western song, sing it absolutely 'dead straight' and make it sound absolutely wonderful. A rare talent indeed.
Whenever I was in California (not for some years now), if I had a car I would try and take a drive into the Joshua Tree (National Monument) reserve, i can be a bit sentimental sometimes.
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.
I was lucky enough to be have the opportunity to drive Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles a few years ago and I listened to a lot of country music en route as particularly in the mid-West that's what the radio stations play. I can't say that I grew to love it but I did grow to appreciate the genre and to understand that it has its merits.
Only driven bits of this road, no further East than the New Mexico state line, must have been fun.
Country music is truly huge in the US and like any mass market musical genre it obeys the 80% - 20% rule.
I originally came to country through the country rock movement of the late 60s early 70s. At that time rock music was very heavily influenced by the folk music of black america, much less so than the folk music of white america, though the influence was quite clear on some bands.
If you are interested and are unfamiliar with them try early recordings by The Band, "Big Pink", "The Band", and of course the The Byrds tour de force, "Sweethearts of the Rodeo". I have plenty of more up to date examples should you, or anyone, be at all interested.
Edited for spelling.
It was a "trip of a lifetime" and I would recommend it strongly to anyone who is interested in American culture and / or mid-twentieth century American history. I did a big loop in the Mid-West to pick up a number of Civil War battlefields and overall did (from memory) over 4500 miles so you need to like driving!
I decided not to take any music and to immerse myself in the local culture. I met a lovely English lady schoolteacher at the Midpoint Cafe in Adrian Texas who had taken all of her music, the back seat of her car was covered in CDs!
Driving is the only way to really get a sense of the scale and size of the US. Bizzarely I really like Texas, Dallas to El Paso is a hell of a drive without crossing any state lines.
There is a stretch of 66 in Texas where the road is just gravel and you are followed by a plume of dust (like in the Dukes of Hazard). It's quite scary because it's a long stretch and there is (or was) no phone signal and can imagine a puncture being a real problem. I have hundreds of pics and I'll see if I can remember how to post some here.
Reminds me of Jeff Talmadge who is a Texan singer/songwriter who features quite a bit about driving in his songs, best album is probably Blissville, favourite tracks are 40 days of rain and Take a drive with me.
Quick listen, those two tracks are quite impressive.
I generally prefer my country with a bit more rock and roll, but I will give him a play when I have some time.
Just to add JOE COCKERS. ''With a little help from my friends'' Woodstock performance.
Talk about pure emotion........OUTSTANDING !
The emotions I experience when listening to music was exactly why I got into audiophile hifi. Once you've heard good music, on a great sounding system, there is no going back...
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A couple of old friends of mine toured with Joe Cocker and Leon Russell on the notorious 'Mad dogs and Englishmen' tour.
Neither were ever quite the same again.......
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Sad = Gorecki, Symphony No.3
Happy = Shostakovich, Eight waltzes from film Music
Beautiful = Arvo Part, Spiegel im Spiegel
Sad - Chopin: Prelude Op.26 No.4 in E Minor. A miniature with an incredible sense of pathos.
Happy - Beethoven: Symphony No.5, 4th movement. After the darkness of the opening movement and the tensions in between, the final movement is one of the most wonderful and jubilant pieces of music in the entire symphonic repertoire.
Beautiful - Debussy: La Mer. One of my favourite places to be is by the sea. It can be beautiful in so many ways and in so many different weathers and Debussy's evocative writing captures this perfectly.
Another piece of music which is a great candidate for the 'beautiful' accolade is Schubert's Impromptu Op.90 No.3 in G flat major. At it's most beautiful in the hands of Alfred Brendel.
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