03-02-2013 11:25 AM - edited 03-02-2013 10:27 PM
It's only happened two or three times for me but it happened last night. I was on...I felt great and my voice was strong.
The backstory: My 24 neice just lost her baby's daddy in a TRAGIC TRAGIC accident. Obviously everyone in the family is hurt and she's going through a lot trying to grasp the fact that her daughter will never see her father again. She's not overly educated, she has a dead end job, and she's been through a tough few years with some issues, but to her credit, she's going back to school, she's trying to figure out how to be a single mom and she's working on bettering their lives. It's pretty insirational to see a young person deal with something like this.
So I'm goofing around and playing some tunes and decided to drop her name in this song by Great Big Sea not realizing the lyrics that followed.
[*&^%] sings on the corner, what keeps her from dying?
Let them say what they want, she won't stop trying
She might stumble, if they push her 'round
She might fall, but she'll never lie down
In this beautiful life, but there's always some sorrow
It's a double-edged knife, but there's always tomorrow
It's up to you now if you sink or swim,
Keep the faith and your ship will come in.
It's not so bad
It hit me hard and it happened quickly. All of of sudden all of the lines to this song matched what she was going through and it became immediatly difficult to get through the song. Of course I did, and nobody could see the emotion I was feeling (I'm surpriised to be honest). I finished the song and actually told the audience that that was it...that was about as much as I could get performance wise out of any song that they'll ever hear me play. It was pretty cool though. There aren't many times when a song or a performance will move me that much.
03-02-2013 01:29 PM
I remember just days before my brother of 49 years passed from cancer. I was sitting at the kitchen table playing Amazing Grace on my guitar and I started crying and couldn't stop. Damn, I miss him.
03-02-2013 07:09 PM
It's never happened to me when i'm playing for people, but i know what you mean. Sometimes you bring out the meaning of a song, and how it applies to your life, more clearly that you from just listening to it.
There's a song that reminds me of my best friend, and our relationship, and all the stuff she/we went through recently. I noticed how strangely accurate it was about us. The chorus from the song is so similar to talks we've had. I loved the song instantly, but the fist time i played it it really hit me and i almost lost it.
03-02-2013 08:58 PM
03-03-2013 10:15 AM
03-03-2013 11:49 AM
Way back when I was going through my divorce, I was singing 'Memphis'...and it all came rushing back to me as I went through the lyrics about how much I missed my daughters, and it all washed through when I got to the 'Marie is only six years old' line...that song has remained a very special one to me ever since.
03-03-2013 12:06 PM - edited 03-03-2013 12:18 PM
Happens to me too. Sometimes, you just connect so profoundly to the lyrics or melody, that ir touches your very soul. For some reason, that happens whenever I sing Springsteens' version of "Jersey Girl".(written by Tom Waits)
Sometimes, it's just the sheer beauty of the song; this song is from an album called "Cantate Domino", which is acknowledged as being one of the finest recordings ever made (label; Proprius,,Sweeden) Crank it up.
Here's another one; this is an incredible performance by a young Brazilian vocalist named Carmen Menarcha, and accompanied by Andre Rieu's orchestra, and performed "live" in Cortona Italy.. This song is from the opera Gianni Sichi, by Puccini. In this song, she pleads with her father (who has chosen a wealthy husband for her), to allow her to marry the man she truly loves. Believe me, you won't need to know Italian,,,,,,
Go "big screen" and crank it up
03-06-2013 02:07 PM
Happens to me, too, with certain songs. With some songs I have to fight my way through my own emotions just to get enough control to perform them without choking up to the point I can't sing. Happens to me reading certain poems aloud when I'm teaching them, too.
03-07-2013 03:30 PM
In the '90s I had a dog named Bojangles and he died around 2001. When I get to the line "the dog up and died, the dog up and died" I tend to sing it with feeling. "after 20 years he still grieves".
03-10-2013 03:48 PM
03-10-2013 06:02 PM
are you doing it in costume as Tevye?
just kidding...yeah, I can see that being a tough one to get through, talk about hitting home.
03-10-2013 06:35 PM
I cannot sing "Everything I Own" by Bread. I can play but I can't sing it because I always think of my father who died from cancer in 1988. I still can't do it without crying.
03-11-2013 07:45 AM
Vince Gill's "Go Rest High On That Mountain" is one that causes me to tear up. I had to perform it for two different funerals and though I practiced it repeatedly, I could not make it through the first chorus without tearing up. I had a few friends growing up that never saw adulthood, and this song brings them to mind (especially the one that was close to my family).
Steve Kirwan's "My Little GIrl" and Tim McGraw's "Buttefly Kisses" have been tough ones to pull off. I have a daughter and two step-daughters. I spent 5 years working in a wedding band. I had to practice these songs for weeks just to get through rehearsal with them.
Rascal Flatt's "Bless The Broken Road" does it every now and then, as does Nickel Creek's "When You Come Back Down", but both are more for personal reasons.
It might not be the most manly thing to admit a song makes me cry, but I'd rather have experienced it and understood it than to have never known it at all.
03-13-2013 09:28 AM
D-I-V-O-R-C-E used to make me cry just to listen to it. And I have never been affected by a divorce (touch wood). I have a few others I can't sing (The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, for one) that I just gave up on.
There's a whole genre of country songs where the singer/narrator chokes up--mostly made popular by Red Sovine--like "Teddy Bear" or "Phantom 309" or "Roses for Mama." I'm not sure if I like or loathe those songs but I won't sing them. I will sing "Bringing Mary Home" though.
03-14-2013 09:40 PM
It happens to me during rehearsal. The other day I discovered "Abraham, Martin and John". I heard this many times when I was young and never knew what it was about. But now I see the names seem to mean Abraham Lincoln, John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy, all brutally assassinated. I remember the first time I heard Bobby's speech upon hearing about MLK's death, and I just think of him as being a man with such a great heart. When I get to the last verse, it always brings me to tears now:
Has anybody here seen my old friend Bobby,
Can you tell me where he's gone?
I thought I saw him walkin' up over the hill
With Abraham, Martin, and John.
And I'm crying just writing this.
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