I’ve always felt like I’ve had a relationship with music. As a writer, lyrics can move me. As a poet, I like to dive into the way the artist has chosen words and rhythms to evoke an emotion.
When I was younger, every time I’d get a new CD, I’d sprawl on my bed with my CD headphones, and read through the liner notes as I listened to each and every song. To me, a CD hadn’t been “properly” listened to until I’d done this. I don’t do that anymore, but for special artists, I will still schedule a listening outside of the typical place (the car).
Since I place so much in music anyway, it’s not terribly surprising that songs can make me sob. One hasn’t in a long time, but a gal can never forget what brings on the tears. (The white-guy-with-guitar’ness of this list is mildly [completely] embarrassing.)
In no particular order, these are the songs that can make me cry:
“A Beautiful Mess,” Jason Mraz
“We Dance. We Sing. We Steal Things.” is the last CD I remember having a Headphone Listening Party with. This album came out right after a really hard breakup. The breakup was months (probably a year) in the making, and the night I chose to lay in bed and listen to this new CD was a few days after the split. It didn’t take long for me to start crying after the first few notes. By the line “The wait was so worth it” rolled around, I was flat out sobbing, snotting all over my poor pillow.
“Comfortable,” John Mayer
Most John Mayer breakup songs can bring a tear to my eye (I’m lookin’ at you, “Split Screen Sadness“), but this little ditty brings the waterworks the easiest.
The lyric simplicity touches me — it sounds like a journal entry set to guitar chords — but it’s the sentiment that I find so perfect. Jac’s First Love was a puppy love and a young love with promises of forever and all that stuff teenagers say. He moved away and found someone else, and when I first heard “Comfortable,” I think I was stunned that someone could have penned what I’d felt so perfectly. For a while, I would not listen to this with anyone because I was embarrassed at how it could reduce me to a blubbering fool.
“Goodbye My Lover,” James Blunt
This song never really reminded me of my past with an ex, but knowing the story of a man I dated and his ex … I saw them in Blunt’s music. And apparently, even though I was thrilled the two of them were no longer together, it was enough to get me crying.
I suppose it helps that the song is lovely.
“I Would Be Your Man,” The Odds
A friend put this song on a mixed tape he made for me. My eyes about bugged out of my head the first time I heard it. I listened to this and, similar to “Comfortable,” felt like it was written for Jac and The First Love. (He was around a while, on and off from the time we were 11 to 19.)
I have not heard this in years. You should see the look on my face as I type this and listen to the song. WOW, that was for an entirely different Jaclyn. I can’t fathom how this used to have the effect on me it once had.
Want to know something cool? Sure, I can put myself in a mood to get teary from any of these songs (OK, except for The Odds one), but I have to try. They don’t really do anything to me with a casual listening.
Man, it’s good to be in a good place.
What songs can (or used to) make you dissolve into a puddle of snot and tears?