A song that breaks your heart.
Schmaltz. Pure, unadulterated schmaltz. If I had to choose 3 words to describe my pick, they would be the words. I really don’t know how else to categorize it.
On Day 10, I went with Gary Jules’ version of “Mad World” as a song that makes me sad. This one doesn’t make me sad, per se, and “Mad World” doesn’t break my heart, so this is in an interesting place.
With the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, you’d think I’d choose “Candle In The Wind,” but that doesn’t break my heart. It doesn’t even make me sad. I always felt manipulated by EJ trotting that song out for Diana – but then again, I’m not British, so I suppose it’s not meant for me anyway.
But back to my choice. Why this song? Well, as ridiculous as it sounds, at various inflection points in my life it’s come out from under its rock, played itself in the background of the soundtrack of my life and burrowed its way into my ear, quietly speaking to me.
So, don’t judge. Or if you do judge, you had best put up your own song.
Wisdom of Crowds Picks:
“Time To Say Goodbye” Andrea Botcelli & Sarah Brightman
“Tears In Heaven” Eric Clapton
“Wildfire” Michael Martin Murphy
“One” Faith Hill
“One” Three Dog Night
“Only The Lonely” Roy Orbison
“Everybody Hurts” REM
“The Drugs Don’t Work” The Verve
“ AVE MARIA” Andrea Bocelli
“Turn! Turn! Turn!” The Byrds
“He Stopped Loving Her Today” George Jones
“Lips of An Angel” Hinder