Wednesday, September 27, 2006

I know we've had fun with bad music . . .

over at HE's the past two days, but the last two days I heard three of the most wonderful and saddest pieces of music on our local public radio station.
Tonight, on the way home, i listened to Shostakovitch's musical adaptation of the poen 'Babi Yar.' Just go google 'Babi Yar' first and then imagine what a Russian felt.
And yesterday, the station's afternoon Americana music program played two songs that caught me really short after a 20-hour day, two hours of sleep and another six hours of work.

Johnny Cash - obviously in his later years and probably before June died - sang the cleanest, clearest, minimalist, most gut-wrenching "If You Could Read My Mind."

And a few minutes later, they played a bluegrass version of "Eleanor Rigby" mainly with mandolin and dulcimer but with no vocals and even sadder than the original.

I'm going to go have my tear ducts removed.

12 Comments:

Blogger jromer said...

never a good idea. tears keep you human my friend.

1:09 AM  
Blogger lee said...

So Johnny Cash did the Gordon Lightfoot song? There's a song of his(GL's) that sets me off -the circle is small. Might put the words here right now if I can find them, that is. Well, I found them but realised that what moves me is the FEEL of it, rather than the words. When he sings it it's as though it's real. Enough about Gordon Lightfoot.

8:12 AM  
Blogger The Michael said...

Don't feel bad. That Hawain dude's version of "Over the Rainbow/It's a wonderful world" makes me bawl like a baby, and I don't like being caught bawling like a baby.

8:13 AM  
Blogger ziggi said...

Music can move even those who would like to appear hard - but it's especially easy to rattle the emotions of someone as empathic as you :o) On a bad day "Ben" (Michael Jackson) can reduce me tears - that's really pathetic!

12:12 PM  
Blogger ziggi said...

Or how about the Squeeze "She unscrews the top of a new whiskey bottle"? That got me on the way to work the other day *sniff*

12:16 PM  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

There are too many Hindi Songs by Mohd Rafi which make me cry. I wouldn't remove my tear ducts for anything..

1:39 PM  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

Somehow Tchaikovesky too manages to make my tear ducts open...

1:40 PM  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

Shostakovich and Cash can do it for me. But then so can the Bay City Rollers if I'm in on of THOSE moods

5:05 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Oh sweet FE, please keep your tear ducts. We need more editors out there that know how to feel...and to cry.

I know what you mean about music and how it releases our emotions.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous homo escapeons said...

Comfortably Numb both Van Morrison and the Floyd

Hurt the Cash version

Within Without by Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Life On Mars David Bowie

Tears in Heaven..Eric Clapton

Woman in Chains Tears for Fears
OK I need to think of happy songs to avoid the maudlin phase..
Don't worry I won't start up our little tune feud here and spoil the mood...

12:50 AM  
Blogger Homo Escapeons said...

I almost forgot
Empty Bed by Mick Ronson

Man With The Child In His Eyes Kate Bush

Hide and Seek Imogen Heap

Love Reign 'Oer Me the Who

Day After Day Alan Parsons

Letter to Hermione Bowie

1:44 AM  
Blogger Within Without said...

Tears are what keep your heart moist and pumping, Frontenac...we love your emotion.

*What a Wonderful World (Nat King and Natalie Cole)
*Sitting on the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)
*Your Song (Elton John; I'd apologized but it's associated with a time and a place)
*Hard Headed Woman (Cat Stevens)
*Father and Son (Cat Stevens)
*Why (Annie Lennox)
*Will You Remember Me (Jann Arden)
*Good Mother (Jann Arden)
*Leather and Lace (Fleetwood Mac)
*Spaceship Orion (Ozark Mountain Daredevils)
*Within Without (OMD)
*Teddy Boy (McCartney)
*Maybe I'm Amazed (McCartney)
*Oo You (McCartney)
*Long and Winding Road (Beatles)
*Day in the Life (Beatles)
*The Way it is (Bruce Hornsby)
*Try (Blue Rodeo)
*Hasn't Hit Me Yet (Blue Rodeo)
*I'm in You (Peter Frampton)
*Castles in the Sand (Seals & Crofts)
*We May Never Pass This Way Again (S & C)
*What a Good Boy (Barenaked Ladies)
*Crazy (Barenaken Ladies)

And just about anything by Simply Red or Coldplay, plus a few thousand others...

5:34 PM  

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