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So, I've been listening to music while I work (I finally got a last.fm account) and there are certain songs that alway make me listen to them more closely. Ones who's music or lyrics hit me harder than the average song on some kind of emotional level.
It makes me wonder what songs moves you?

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laii
Aug. 13th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
last.fm! add me :) laii_ or laii__ i can never remember. That's what password keepers and "remember me"/"keep me logged in for x amount of time" is for!
paraka
Aug. 19th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
You know, I added you, but I don't really get why you'd add people over there. Is there anything that happens by having friends?
scatterheart
Aug. 13th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
There are so many songs that move me, and they don't even have anything in common. Often it's about the lyrics, but some are just about the music, or a combination of both.

Recently I've been listening to Amanda Palmer a lot, and many of her songs move me, both with the way she sings them and with the lyrics that I can often relate to a lot. Or Antony and the Johnsons, especially "Cripple and the Starfish". And so many others... I'd try to list more, but I'm falling asleep at the keyboard.

Other songs move me mostly because of some event they remind me of - I always get happy-sad when listening to Fury in the Slaughterhouse's "Time To Wonder", for example, or the Four Non Blondes "What's Going On?"
paraka
Aug. 19th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
There are so many songs that move me, and they don't even have anything in common. Often it's about the lyrics, but some are just about the music, or a combination of both.
*nods* I'm like that too. Sometimes for me it can even be something as simple as the singer who's singing it because you can feel the emotion coming from them (even if they're not the best singer per se).

I'll definitely check out the music that you mentioned here.
matchsticks
Aug. 13th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
Hmm...I'd say anything from Death Cab for Cutie's Transatlanticism album. The words, the music, the melody - they're all simple - but the mood and tone of the songs...god damn.
paraka
Aug. 19th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
I've heard some of their music, but I'll definitely check out the rest now. Thanks for the rec!
darlulu
Aug. 13th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
Most music moves me in some way, but After All by Dar Williams is my all-time fave because the lyrics really resonate with me.
paraka
Aug. 19th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
Oh cool! I'll definitely check it out :D
edgyauthor
Aug. 14th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
I've had so many songs move me that it's hard to keep track of them all. One band that sticks out to me is Flyleaf. I listened to their CD to death when I first got it. All of their songs strike me emotionally in some way.

Also, I think the emotional-resonance with music happens a lot to me because I'm writer, and listening to certain songs puts me in the right mood for a particular story. I can't write without a proper playlist.
paraka
Aug. 19th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
I know, I realized once the answers started coming in that really, I wouldn't be able to answer this question either, since there are so many songs that move me from all over the place.
diurnal_lee
Aug. 14th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
It's probably telling that the first few pieces that came to mind for me are instrumental.

As far as songs go, if they move me for themselves, it's generally by the combination of the music, the lyrics, and the way they're performed. Lilith Fair's Hot White Cum will move me to a kind of bouncy, aggressive cheer that's as much a function the major key and upbeat rhythm as the humour in the childlike frankness of the words. Amanda Marshall's Love is my Witness has this chorus that I find spiritually moving, even though the song itself is a romantic one, because Marshall's voice soaring into the upper registers flips some internal switch in me to interpret the chorus in a personal-responsibility-meets-global-consciousness kind of way.

It'd be impossible for me to list even a fraction of the songs that do something like this for me. And then there are even more songs that move me not for themselves but because I associate them with some memory that has an emotional component of its own, which may be completely unrelated to the actual content of the song.

The mind is a fascinating place.
paraka
Aug. 19th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
Thanks for the recs I'll definitely check them out. You know, when I was thinking of what moved me most of the songs that came to mind first were ones I have vids too :P
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