Music that really stirs your emotions

ok, I know all music is suppose to stir your emotions . . . but stick with me.

I put the original Boz Scaggs album on the TT this morning. This has always been one of my favorites - I played it constantly while in college in the mid-70's, but haven't listened to it in over a year. Side 2 is one of the best album sides aver recorded IMO - the sequence of songs is perfect. Anyway, It's unavoidable to get sucked into "Loan me a Dime" from the beginning (foot tapping, head bobbing, etc), but about 3/4's of the way through Duane Allman's solo I begin to giggle uncontrollably. Then after all that, it goes into "Sweet Release", which really does help release all that energy from the prior track.

What music most stirs emotions for you - whether it's giggling, crying, or ?
thats almost as hard as picking the girl you would want to make love to before you leave this mortal earth. But I will take a stab at it...the love duet from Othelo. love duet between silvio and Needa from the opera pagliacci. All of Richard Strauss tone poems and the dance of the seven veils..and i know most people will say what! ..its the music from the credits of the old tv show the "Honeymooners"..the song is called your my only love. There's more but it would take to many pages to fill.
Mahler is gut wrenching.

Symphony # 3 in particular bends me out of shape whenever I listen.

I would guess that the musical Les Miserable has an effect on most.
my first automatic thought is..Regina Carter "Paganini: after a dream" she records/plays Paganini's owned violin!! Why so good is this performance? Just Regina...the much emotion played through this instrument....a combination, an unexplained beauty in life!!
mapman, Mahler scares me...but yet, I keep coming back for more!. I'm a glutten for punishment! He makes me check my doors at night!! Im getting another pit bull!
I'm a lyrics guy, and a real sucker for sentimental songs about family ties - especially (but not exclusively) if they're set at the holidays. The full-on country treatment usually gets TOO schmaltzy, but a few that go a different way to great effect:

Waitin' On a Train - Bottlerockets. Stopped in a broken down car at a RR crossing, the singer laments the loss of a relationship with his son due to divorce and his wife's remarriage, as well the inability to seek his dad's advice because he lost his life to alcoholism. Artfully done and a very effective tear jerker, although the verse works much better than the chorus IMHO.

The Christians and The Pagans - Dar Williams. A family reunion strained by a fallen away neice and her daughter (the pagans) visiting her practicing uncle and his family (the Christians) at Christmas. Wonderful wordplay and great sense of detail.

Merry Christmas From The Family - RE Keene. Another one about family holiday gatherings, this time with a more standard issue Texas family and played for comedy. Also well observed detail.

I suspect that I'd be in real trouble with the Christmas songs if I were actually Christian.


Most anything sung by Eva Cassidy, but especially 'Over the Rainbow' and due to my ancestry perhaps, 'Danny Boy'. The former reminds me of a full grown woman with real desires, unlike Judy with a soft youthful fantasy. She grabs you right in the beginning when she delivers the title - a very straight forward powerful statement - and never lets go! And she dies so prematurely, we can only hope she got to the other side. So sad!

The last movement from Mahler's Symphony #2 (when it finally arrives! - not independently).
Try "christmas time is here again"choral version, by Vince Guaraldi (popularized by ""A Charlie Brown Christmas" It kicks my butt each time). and maybe some prescription meds. Im not a doctor, but I play one on TV...well..cable, I'm lying again,, sorry Enjoy
Try "christmas time is here again"choral version, by Vince Guaraldi (popularized by ""A Charlie Brown Christmas" It kicks my butt each time). and maybe some prescription meds. Im not a doctor, but I play one on TV...well..cable, I'm lying again,, sorry Enjoy
For me, the most emotional music is by people who are unhappy. So for vocalists, it's people like Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Leonard Cohen, Sinead O'Connor, Tom Waits, John Lee Hooker.

The second most emotional kind of music for me is by people who are contemplative. So for classical music, it's solo works from the Baroque or Romantic eras, or choral music. For contemporary music, it's people like Brian Eno, Robert Rich, David Hykes, Steve Roach.

Though my favorite composers are Brahms and Dvorak, it is Mahler's music more than any other composer's that instills in me the feeling I'm experiencing one's deeply personal odyssey. His intermittent bittersweetness and sentimentality are most affecting.
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Was given a Nina Simone album, Let It All Out, which had The Other Woman and The Ballad of Hollis Brown. Had never heard them before but the impact is strong and effective. She is a very good Dylan interpreter surprisingly at least to me.

Also Carmen McRae on I Am Music the song, Who Gave You Permission, it's strong enough to clear a room
Katie Melua
Joss Stone is sounding really nice today
some of Tori Amos stuff is quite stirring
Roger Waters music can be very stirring as well!
Barber's Adagio for Strings
Handel's Messiah
Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man
"talk to me of Mendicino" - Kate and Anna McGarrigle.

I love when Emmylou Harris sings and her voice cracks-gets me every time.

kd lang - hallelujah
I have a some more more . . .

Mike Oldfield "Ommadawn" always puts me in a trance, although recently not as deep of a trance as I experienced when I was young (and had some chemical help).

Andrew Lloyd Weber - Requiem - especially "Pie Jesu"

Verde - Requiem. I get numb.

Jan Hammer - First Seven Days - "Darkness/Earth in Search of a Sun" My response is similar to the outburst I have with "Loan me a dime" during the climax cymbals crashing and bass notes shaking the house.
Shirley Horn - Here's to Life
Glass Harp - Look to the Sky
Rory Gallagher - A Million Miles Away
Al Stewart - Road to Moscow
Paul Simon - Papa Hobo
Joni Mitchell - Little Green
Jennifer Warnes - First I'll Take Manhatten
Bob Dylan - Lay Lady Lay
Bob Dylan - Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
Foo Fighters - Summers End
Porcupine Tree - Time Flies
Otis Redding - Dock On The Bay
Steve Hackett - Hoping Love Will Last
Steve Hackett - How Can I?
James Taylor - Fire and Rain
Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
BB King - The Thrill Is Gone
John Prine - Angel From Montgomery
Grant-Lee Phillips - Sadness Soot
Grant-Lee Phillips - See America
Soundgarden - My Wave
Soundgarden - Superunknown
Nick Drake - River Man
Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
Simon and Garfunkel - America
Yes - America
Todd Rundgren - Mad
Todd Rundgren - Gun
Shawn Colvin - Witchita Skyline
dc Talk - Jesus Freak
Chris Whitley - Living With The Law
Eddie Vedder - Hard Sun
and on and on ... .
"The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Corn", Allison Krause and Union Station, off the "New Favorite" release. I don't know what it is about it that gets me going. Great vocals with great guitar. It just touches me deeply.
Joe Strummer of The Clash got Glandular Fever from swallowing somebody else's gob back in those mad mad days of pogo and phelgm.
Fond memories (confession time) of exhanging spit, pretty disgusting thinking about it now, in the past when I was very young and extremely stupid, considering how dangerous it can be.
Yep, The Clash never equaled.
'English Civil War' does it for me everytime.
"My Children Walk in Truth" - Johnny Cash