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12 August 2012 @ 11:57 pm
a case of sads  
I forgot how the song "By Way of Sorrow" makes me go from zero to weeping in about one second. (I've never actually heard the Julie Miller original, oddly; I know the Cry Cry Cry* version really well, and the Wailin' Jennys just sang it during a televised concert. Different band, exact same effect.) I'm not always crying for the same reason, though: sometimes it's because the song is gorgeous, and sometimes because it's hitting me in that uplifting, hard-won-and-hopeful place, and sometimes because it makes me really, indefinably sad.

(There was probably some "wow, what happened to the version of me who listened to this music all the time?" too.)

*Yeah, about half the songs on this CD have this effect on me, too. I guess it's good - for my tear ducts, anyway - that Dar Williams and Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky only did that one album together.
Spacklespacklegeek on August 13th, 2012 06:43 am (UTC)

I haven't heard that song (yet) but I've definitely got songs that make me feel the same way. I once listened to the Jennys' "Beautiful Dawn" about fifty times in a row, because it was helping me feel something I really really needed to feel that day. Donno what it was, but I felt, holy cow.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on August 13th, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely glad I ran into the concert on TV, tears and all! I broke out some old CDs and got in touch with some old feelings; I think I needed that.
ramblin' girl: my heart fills up like a balloonbarefoottomboy on August 13th, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
I forgot how the song "By Way of Sorrow" makes me go from zero to weeping in about one second.

I don't know that one, but I just YouTubed it, and it's lovely! For me, that auto-tears song is Here's the Tender Coming by The Unthanks. There's something about folk music that can just go straight to the heart. Or tear ducts, as the case may be.

(edited to fix link)

Edited at 2012-08-13 02:06 pm (UTC)
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on August 13th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, the Unthanks! I always mean to look into them properly, because I've loved everything of theirs that I've heard.

Rachel Unthank was a part of a Guardian podcast not too long ago, on the release of a new edition of the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs, and she sang one or two:
teliesinteliesin on August 14th, 2012 10:00 am (UTC)
Good song, I like all three artist versions but leaning a little toward the Julie Miller one just seems a bit more touching with her voice. It's on youtube if you want to listen.
Think I'm going to have to buy that Cry Cry Cry disc, really like Richard Shindell after hearing his song "On A Sea Of Fleur-De-Lis" on XM-radio.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on August 14th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
I'm a pretty big Richard Shindell fan; I came to his music via Cry Cry Cry (since I was already a huge fan of Dar Williams), but I love his music in its own right. Anyway, it's a really good CD, I think, although it's all covers of other people's songs (although Dar covers Richard Shindell's "Ballad of Mary Magdalene," with Richard on backup vocals).