This is the first time I've ever taken part in a Blogfest and it has been great fun! Thank you to Diane for organising it. You can find Diane's blog by clicking here Check out her list of inspirational, sad songs.
I have had a ball going through old cds, trying to pick out my top 10 sad songs that inspire me. I have to admit that I could have come up with way more than 10 but I decided to give myself a limit.
These songs hold no particular memories for me but they are songs that tug at my heart strings every time I hear them and if I'm ever feeling down and wanting to wallow in self-pity, then these are the songs I would put into my playlist and play whilst drinking a
Are you sitting comfortably? (click on any of the titles to hear the songs on youTube)
Hello by Evanescence. The haunting piano accompaniment and the striking voice of Amy lee make this (in my opinion) one of the most moving songs this band have ever released.
All Out Of Love - Air Supply. I love the chorus of this song!
Against All Odds - Phil Collins. We've all been there...haven't we?
The Bridge - Elton John. Elton John has a real talent for writing songs that tug at the heart strings and this is definitely one of those songs. This song applies to musicians, actors, writers. The choice is yours. Cross the bridge or fade away. Such a talented man!
Last Song - Elton John. This was written in memory of a boy who was lost to AIDS and is about the bond between a father and son. The first time I heard it I cried for days afterwards. The song says it all! I advise you have tissues to hand though.
It Must Have Been Love - Roxette. Another great 80s classic! I saw them live in Edinburgh and was blown away by the sheer power of Marie Fredriksson's voice.
And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda - The Pogues. This may seem like a strange choice but the words of this song are so .poignant. It's about a WW1 veteran and the terrible things that happened to him and how he coped on his return to civilian life. It really brings home what a terrible time they had in the trenches. I think Shane McGowan's raw voice is perfect for this song.
Private Investigations - Dire Straits. A brilliant piece of writing about a disillusioned Private Investigator but it could equally apply to many areas of life.
Everybody Hurts - REM. This is the one song that has a really sad memory for me. I was driving along on a sunny day and was stopped by the police. There had been an accident up ahead. Two little girls on ponies had been hit by a truck. Both ponies and one of the little girls had been killed outright. I have my own horses so it affected me quite badly. This was playing on my car stereo when the police stopped me.
Borderline - Chris de Burgh. Another song about The Great War - this time about a soldier leaving his loved ones to go and fight; praying for the day when there are no more borderlines and he can return home safely.
And there you have it - my top 10 inspirational sad songs.