Is there a song that will make you stop what you're doing and just listen intently?

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  1. emu!

    emu! Poster Extraordinaire

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    I was at a convenience store down the road...using the little boys room. The men's room in this store is immaculate...even by George Costanza's standards...reminds me of a Las Vegas casino. Anyway, I had done my duty and was washing up when I heard a song come over the in-store musac system. And may I add that the sound system in the men's room of this store is audible ecstacy. (BTW, music in rest rooms is considered a delicacy in these parts. There's nothing worse than a silent, echoing public restroom when your taking care of business IYKWIM) So I am alone in this 3 stall restroom when the song hits me like a ton of bricks. I quckly turn off the water to get a better listen. Stunned, I can't make a move towards the towel dispenser. And, I can not move myself to leave the room as I was sure I had the best spot in the whole building to absorb my pleasure. For about 20 seconds my emotions where building to a cresendo. BUT...wouldn't you know it...someone walked in and started to spoil my otherwise beautiful experience. He went to the urinal...and not wanting to be charged with loitering...I had to think fast on what to do. Should I leave my moment of heaven and chance that the song would still move me in the lobby?...or stay and get the stink eye from the urinal dude who would undoubtly question my motives? Like a character out of a movie, I made my move...towards the corner stall. Locking the door behind me, I pretended to...well...you know. The song was more than half way over now, but I was still listening and caressing every moment. Then...wouldn't you know it...someone ELSE walked in AND decided to use the stall RIGHT EFF'IN NEXT TO ME. For the love of...WHY RIGHT NEXT TO ME? Can't people just let me live this once in a lifetime moment without screwing it up? Alas, they do not know what I know...that a great song somehow conjures up emotions in humans that defies nature...even when nature calls.

    Don't know why this particular song did this to me...but it was an emotional moment that confused, enthralled, and overwhelmed my inner being all at the same time.

    Here it is:
     
  2. TheGoodTexan

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    Good story.

    "No Rain" by Blind Melon memorizes me. It always has. Happy, joyful music.. deeply depressing lyrics... the two don't seem to go together, but it they make it work beautifully. So much so that every time I hear it, it grabs the attention of my soul.

    And the video is beautiful too.
     
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    Two songs do it for me every time:

    The Wedding Song by Paul (forgot his last name, was in Peter, Paul & Mary)
    When You Love A Woman, by Journey.

    Both make me stop, sing along, and get all choked up, and makes me think about my wife.
     
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    Not one particular song, but when I hear a song being performed by a solo guitar in the Chet Atkins thumb-style, it makes me stop and listen.

    My local Walgreen's always seems to have Chet's "Mr. Sandman" or "Windy And Warm" playing in the background.
     
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    Every time I hear the full length version of Manfred Mann's Blinded by the Light, I listen intently to the guitar solo...it is awesome IMHO
     
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    Love Machine ???

    Really??

    Do you want to dance disco when you hear

    Stairway To Heaven?

    :)

    I usually get into

    The Ballad of South Paulie the Penquin...

    ;)
     
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    I came upstairs to grab something from my room ages ago. I'd left the radio on in my room and as I came in they started playing Operator by Jim Croce. I stood there for however long the song lasts, spellbound. I can't think of any other time a song has done that to me.
     
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    Closest for me is probably the Layla outro.
     
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    Tab Benoit --Shelter Me

     
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    Heard two yesterday; sat in the car in garage and listened to both. "Stolen Moments" by Oliver Nelson - sublime solos by Bill Evans, Eric Dolphy and Freddie Hubbard. "Milestones" by Miles Davis - Red Garland, Cannonball Adderly, and John Coltrane solos.
     
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    I'm feelin' ya....someone's always gotta ruin it....

     
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    Mozart Requiem Confutatis always stops me in my tracks. Nick Drake's Fruit Tree captivates my attention. Ryan Adams - I See Monsters. Charlie Parker's take on Just Friends. Coltrane. Miles. Mike Bloomfiled's City Girl. BB's late sixties version of Night Life. Lots of stuff.

    I guess I'm easily distracted.
     
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    Hail to the chief
     
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    The Beach Boys -Caroline No; Sail on Sailor; In my Room; God Only Knows...... and a bunch of others that will make me stop what I'm doing and just listen to the chord changes and orchestration.

    Franz Liszt's 'Liebestraume' is the first classical piece that comes to mind, but there are many other Bach, Beethoven, etc. pieces that'll do it as well.
     
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    There are more than a few, but the top of the list is Garth Hudson's organ intro to Chest Fever. I have been caught replaying that intro at high volume with my eyes closed in my car in the parking lot at work. Hey, ya gotta get ready for the day sometimes...
     
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    "Suzy shallow throat" by David Allan Coe.Amkes me cry everytime I here it.So beatiful
     
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    emu!, thanks so much for sharing and for bringing this topic up. I know just how you feel. My fingers tremble and I even have trouble typing this message when I think about this tune. I hope it means as much to everyone else as it does to me. (sniff) And I hope your listen is not interrupted in any way....
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZThquH5t0ow
     
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    It changes all the time and it's kind of unpredictable - which is what makes it fun, right? In the last couple days, it happened with "You Tore Me Down" by The Flamin' Groovies and "Someday Soon"... which I think was Judy Collins. I love those songs...
     
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