As I posted yesterday, Diane at Spunk on a Stick is hosting a Sad Songs Blogfest today. A music blogfest? I'm so in.
This list is both personal and writing-wise for me. Some songs pull at my heart because they have special meaning while others have added that perfect push to a story or novel.
Listen and enjoy (I won't tell if you cry, too).
The Play and the Flight
Finding Neverland is one of my favorite movies. I laugh and cry at the same spots every time I watch it. But it's this song that particularly touches my heart. It expresses a poignant ache for something more that maybe once was filled but can never be now.
I See The Light
I can't watch this scene in Tangled or listen to this song without at least one tear. This song is me - it tells the story of my past pain and new-found freedom. It resonates with me on a much deeper level than many a "serious" song.
Michael W. Smith's Freedom album was a work of art and genius. But it was The Giving that caught my imagination and released a story of sacrifice from my muse. It is so clear to me that this song is about someone giving of themselves in the most absolute of ways. Beautiful, but sad because they won't be there anymore when it is done.
Avril Lavigne's song is another impossible coincidence that tells my story of finding freedom from abuse. I feel as if I could have written the words myself. Another tear-bringer.
This Scottish tune is heartbreaking. I've never cried through this one but I have been forced to be still and muse on my own thoughts after listening to it. I think it touches a primal piece of humanity.
I've never seen the movie, Plunkett & MacLeane, but I've listened to its soundtrack a dozen times over. The title suggests that this song is supposed to be epic. It touches a deep, emotional spot in me that makes my writing muse sing when I hear it.
I don't like everything he has produced but Joss Whedon was a genius when he wrote and produced the Firefly universe. This song is from the movie, Serenity. To me, it sums up everything that this world and its characters are about. And I get teary every time.
The Grey Havens
Disclaimer: I have decided that I dislike the Lord of the Rings movies. I just can't handle them. But Howard Shore is another musical genius. The Grey Havens has a bittersweet melody that expresses Tolkien's Middle-earth beautifully. I have been known to cry over this one, as well.
Shine Your Light
I first heard Robbie Robertson's song in the movie, Ladder 49. I fell in love with it even as I bawled my eyes out. More than that, it has remained a source of writing inspiration through the years.
Perhaps choosing Bob Carlisle's song is a bit of a cliche in certain circles but I can't get over it. It's so sweet and innocent and poignant. I've never cried over it but it does touch the sad vein in my heart.
And there you have it: the top 10 saddest songs that are certain to reduce me to a blubbering, awe-stricken mess.
What is the saddest or most heart-touching song you've ever heard?