All Songs Considered did a show about songs that make their listeners cry, and I love it. They had so many submissions that they did a second bit about it on the blog (for the record, I LOATHE that Death Cab for Cutie song). I cried while listening to the show and while trying to come up with my own list. While I wouldn’t have personally chosen some of the songs featured, I still teared up to “Someone Like You” and “To Be Alone With You.” Obvs.
Music was such a big part of Clark and my existence as a couple. He made tons of his own, and we made some together. One of our favorite things to do in the early stages of our relationship was to get really drunk and then take turns playing each other our favorite songs. We’d be frantically Googling, trying to find the perfect example – one that both summarized a treasured artist and appealed to his or my specific taste.
Subject: Yeah, I’m sappy
Body: Not one of my favorite bands in the world but, feeling the way I do about you, this song speaks. Check out Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars”
Oh, I checked it out. And, though it is a British band popular in 2005, I shockingly do not like it. But, obviously, this song makes me cry so, so hard.
The other song Clark used to characterize our relationship was “The Ocean” by Sunny Day Real Estate.
I’ve seen this live a few times – twice while Clark was dying, when I snuck away for two nights to see Neko at 930 while a friend babysat him, and two or three times after he died. I cry every single time. Jessica once told me the song always makes her think of me.
And believe it or not, there are songs that make me cry that I don’t associate with Clark at all.
I want to know about you, people I care about! Which songs always make you cry?