Friday, March 30, 2012

Sad Song Blogfest

I'm always late for Blogfests!  I sign up and sometimes it just slips my mind.

Better late than never and this was too much fun to pass up!

Spunk On A Stick is hosting the Sad Songs Blogfest.  Be sure to stop by and check out some of the other entries!

Goodbye My Friend by Linda Ronstadt
I lost my best friend my freshman year of college.  I sang this at her funeral and I'm really not sure how I held it together long enough to get through it. 

Breathe Me by Sia
Eva has been gone for two years now.  This song is still painful.  To show what a beautiful person she was, I'm including her video.  Eva had a double lung transplant because cystic fibrosis took her original pair.  I met her on Live Journal, where I have many CF friends.  Everyone who met her loved her - it was impossible not to.  Two years into her new lungs, she went into rejection.  This world lost her beautiful soul on March 27, 2010.  She is so, so very missed.  So, for Eva - love love love.

Cat's in the Cradle - Harry Chapin
This song always gets me (The Hubster too, believe it or not!)

From a Distance by Bette Midler
The Divine Miss M has a few to choose from, but this one gets me.

The Dance by Garth Brooks
I'm not a big fan of country (sorry!), but this song has always tugged at my heart.
(My apologies for the video but it was the only one that I could find with the original song instead of a cover)

And because I'm into even numbers...

My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
Oh how I loathed Titanic.  I didn't think much about this song until my dear, sweet grandma was in hospice after her three year battle with ovarian cancer.  There was a teenager who was losing his battle to cancer in the room next door.  This song played almost 24/7.  His friends and girlfriend wanted to be sure that he knew he would not be forgotten when he left this world.  It tore all of our hearts to pieces.  The lyrics were fitting for my grandparents who were in their 51st year of their marriage, having married at 19.  I still think of that teen and of my grandparents every time I hear this song.

There you have it - six sad songs.  And I actually cried my way through this.  Wow.  Well, I'm off to visit others and you should too!

Any of these songs make your list?

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  1. Good ones, Jennie. Another one that comes to mind at your mention of the loss of a friend is Seasons in the Sun. I think someone had it on their list today. Good to 'meet' you!

  2. You're right -- The Divine Miss M can tear your heart out singing Happy Birthday, if she wants to! From a Distance is definitely one that hurts to hear, but at least articulates how things SHOULD be.

    Glad to meet you!

    Marian Allen
    Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

  3. These songs didn't make my list, but could have. Love your choices.

  4. I don't believe I've ever heard that Bette Midler song.

    Thanks for joining my first blogfest, Jennie.

  5. I know most of those! Better late than never, Jennie.

  6. You're stories of why you chose these songs were as touching as the songs, themselves. All of these are favorites of mine, too.

    Love what you are doing for animals. We have a number of rescue cats, and keep rescuing more that get dumped out here in the country.

  7. I can't imagine having to sing at a funeral for someone I loved. Wow.
    My rescue dog's named Lily, too. A cattle dog-terrier mix. Can't imagine life without her. :)

  8. You have Celine Dion too! And I LOVE Breathe Me.

  9. Those are some excellent choices. That must have been very tough singing at a friend's funeral.

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  10. You're tougher than me. Twice I was asked to read at funerals for lost loved ones...both times I could not do it. Sing at a funeral...not likely.


  11. Beautiful song choices! "My Heart Will Go On" is one of the most heart wrenching songs. I also love Sia! Her voice is unique and sweet.

  12. JENNIE ~
    I don't know which was sadder, the songs you chose or the stories you told about why they had been chosen.

    Major kudos to you for selecting 'Cats In The Cradle'! DiscConnected had that on his list also, and he and I exchanged some comments about how surprising it was that he was the only participant to include it. Now I see that he and I spoke too soon!

    Others that he and I were surprised not to see mentioned regularly were Gilbert O'Sullivan's 'Alone Again, Naturally', and 'Shannon' by Henry Gross - a very sad song about the death at sea of a family's dog. (Do you know that one? Hard for anyone who's ever loved a dog not to get misty-eyed when that song plays.)

    Good songs; sad stories. I'm glad you participated in the blogfest after all.

    ~ Stephen

  13. Some lovely choices, Jennie.

    I appreciated your thoughts about your friend Eva. I had followed some of the stories of her and was happy to see her get her lungs. She put a lot of living into those two years she had them.

    I didn't think about Cats In The Cradle, but you're correct, it truly is a sad song.

    Love the philosophy of The Dance.


  14. Great list! I loved how your songs all managed to bring up a time in your life. Music can be helpful during times like those.

    I've never met anyone who loathed the Titanic! My friends always tell me "No one hates it!" I'm glad to find another person who doesn't (?) appreciate it. :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

  15. These songs are all real tear jerkers. Linda Ronstadt has such an amazing voice. Too bad she isn;t putting out music any more.

  16. None of these made my list, but I remember Cat's in the Cradle very well from my childhood.

  17. I like that Bette Midler song. Thank you for sharing these pieces and for telling us what's behind them for you. I'm sorry for the losses you experienced.

  18. These are great choices, loved them :)

  19. Awww. Love Cats in the Cradle. Great choices. I picked The Dance too.
    Thanks for sharing.

  20. Cat's in the Cradle is a great one, very bittersweet reminder of how quickly time passes, and how we need to use it while we got it.

  21. Great choices. I don't know how you could get through that song without crying. I lost several friends in a short times span when I was a teenager. I remember asking my mother if I'd lose everyone by the time I was an adult. It just seemed overwhelming at the time. What a great tribute to your friend.