I wholeheartedly believe that music can touch you emotionally and damned hard and that it also has the power to help heal emotional wounds.
I haven't shared this story much since I've distanced my life and lifestyle from my family now but these two songs always remind me heavily of my
father. He passed away in August last year. I miss him sometimes but he was an alcoholic, my mother kicked him out when I was 16 and he just got worse
and worse. He ended up living in various shelters, moving around between them until I heard he had passed. It's one of the hardest things I have ever
had to do, sit by and watch somebody destroy themselves both physically and mentally. It does kill me a little inside when I'm laid in bed every so
often, and I can't help but wish more than anything that I could have at least said goodbye to him. He died, curled up in some disgusting shelter
alone and scared.
I'm not bringing a downer here though. I've moved on and would love to find more emotionally charged music.
I actually had my first "Musically Induced Religious Experience" this past week. No, I'm not religious, but it made me weep like I had just met little
baby Jesus in person.
You can find listen to the full albums on youtube (but it's better to actually own the music, artist support + no interruptive ads), but the
These guys are hands down one of the best bands I've ever heard, and the lyrics are something you DO NOT hear anymore. They have meaning, deep
intricacies.... My soul was touched in places I never knew existed. Dustin (lead vocalist) is one of a kind when it comes to song writing.
I get what you're saying. My ex was abused by his friends mother for a few years. It really messed him up and he turned to hard drugs. I kinda wish I
knew he was okay. I loved him so much and he broke my heart into a million pieces when we broke up. HRL
A song that can get me every time, and it still does as I'm listening to it now, is Toby Keith's "Who's That Man," from 1994.
See, I was in the middle of a very, VERY contentious divorce in 1988, one so bad that it left some lasting scars on how I view certain events in life
(not marriage...I'm happily married almost 16 years now). It took YEARS for the events of the divorce to calm down--really, it took me at age 12 (the
legal age in California) to decide that I wanted to live "full time" with my dad (visitation with my mom every other weekend). That happened right
around the time that this song came out, and being a very empathetic person, I always felt bad for my dad (my mom wanted the divorce while he wanted
to make things work, he had to move out, he had to upend his life, he had to see my mom dating very soon after the divorce was finalized, getting
re-married within 2 years, etc.) and wondered what his outlook on having to deal with it basically alone from the start was like.
When this song came out, even though I had moved in with him at the time, I feel like it was a reflection of how he felt, it made me wonder how many
times he may have driven by without me knowing it, etc., etc.
Like I said, it still gets me, 20 years later, so I'll stop now. Please, by all means, ignore the mullet and cheesy video--it is early-90s country,
after all. And no, country isn't my preferred genre, this song just gets me.
Seriously, ignore the mullet.
Also, one of my new favorites is the Justin Timberlake/Ana Kendrick version of "True Colors," from the movie "Trolls," of all places. It doesn't
necessarily make me teary-eyed, but it's pretty damn beautiful.
And don't be so hard on rap, there are some good rap songs out there.
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