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Top Songs That Are Guaranteed to Inspire You and Move You to Tears

Top Songs That Are Guaranteed to Inspire You and Move You to Tears

Music is one of the great gifts of life. There is nothing like music to reach into our souls and pull out the emotion we have squashed down and wedged into a tiny corner. Sometimes it is so wedged that we don’t even know it is there. Sometimes it takes a really great song to bring it out and let it go. Music can also fill us with hope and give us solace when nothing else seems to be able to.

Below, I share with you my top favorite songs which give me strength, hope and make me feel that there are people out there who do understand what we are thinking and feeling on a daily basis, even if we are too afraid to tell anyone. Please listen to and love these songs knowing that there are great people out there who are really working to make life better for you and everyone around you.

What a Wonderful World: Bob Thiele and George David Weiss

Eva Cassidy
    “And I think to myself, What a Wonderful World.”

    Originally made famous by Louie Armstrong, this song carries such a  beautiful message and there is no one better to sing it than the immortal Eva Cassidy. No matter how down you are, you have to admit that there is some hope left in the world when you hear this song.

    Sonata Pathetique: Ludwig Van Beethoven

    Beethoven Sonata Pathetique
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      Ludwig Van Beethoven was one of the most interesting artists in history.Beethoven was raised by an alcoholic father who he kicked out of the house when he was 18 to raise his brothers and sisters. He suffered all his life from disabling stomach ailments and ultimately lost his hearing, which caused him such anguish that he shunned people and lived in solitude for fear his secret deafness would be discovered.

      After he died, in his belongings was found a document now called the Heilingenstad Testament , in which he details his thoughts and feelings at a crucial time in his life. In the document, he alludes to taking his own life but casts the idea aside knowing that he had too much music left in him to stop living. The document reveals a brilliant man tortured by the loss of the one sense that he needed the most and his efforts to hide it. This piece, part of a full Sonata (a piece of music written to be played rather than sung and following a specific form) is the Adagio Cantibile section, the part that is played slowly and in a singing manner. To my mind, it is the single most stunning piece of artistic mastery there is. Here it is played perfectly my Daniel Berenboim.

      Take On Me: Aha

      Aha
        But I’ll be stumbling, slowly learning that life is ok.”

        I don’t know why, but this song  had me from the very first time I heard it. There is something about the sweeping pitch changes in the chorus that never fail to tweak my heartstrings and somehow make me feel like things are all going to work out right. It is just a great song.

        Lyle Workman, Brent Bourgeois: I Don’t Mind at All

        I Don't Mind at All
          “Misery loves company but she will never foot the bill.”

          Back in the 80’s, I was fortunate enough to be part of the San Francisco Bay Area original music scene. At that time, I was privileged to hang out with one of the members of Bourgeois-Tagg, who wrote the music for this song. Lyle was always a brilliant genius and went on to score major films such as “Superbad“, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and numerous others. I will always remember this song. One great evening, my band opened for Bourgeois-Tagg and I was watching from the wings when they played it. I will never forget that evening. This is one of the most perfect songs I have ever heard, and to this day people still love it.

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          Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen

          Hallelujah
            “Love is not a victory march, its a cold and its a broken Hallelujah.”

            I am sure you remember this song from “Shrek.” It is the perfect heartbreak song. This recording is done by Jon Bon Jovi. I love this version because it is simple and a song so perfect should be represented simply. Too much ornamentation distracts. It takes a great artist to recognize this fact. Jon Bon Jovi is a great artist.

            Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Ashford and Simpson

            Ain't no mountain high enough
              “No wind, no rain, will stop me baby.”

              You remember this song sung by Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell and later by Diana Ross and the Supremes. What greater declaration of strength and loyalty than this beautiful song?

              I Will Always Love You: Dolly Parton

              Whitney
                “I will always love you.”

                Yes, this is the song made famous by the beautiful Whitney Houston, but it was written by Dolly Parton. Not only is this song perfectly written lyrically, the simple chorus allowed Ms. Houston to really flex her considerable vocal talents, which she did with impeccable taste. This video always brings tears to my eyes. We will always love you Whitney.

                Nessun Dorma: Giacomo Puccini

                Nessun Dorma
                  “On your mouth I will tell it when the sun shines.”

                  From the opera Turandot. This is the aria from the final act of this opera. The aria is sung by the character Calaf, who has fallen in love with the beautiful but, let’s face it, completely nuts Princess Turandot. The Princess, being Herman Goering in a body suit apparently, has set up three riddles for her perspective suitors to answer. If they cannot, they are beheaded; if one can, he can marry her.

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                  Calaf has answered all three but gives the Princess one more chance by telling her that if she can discover his name by morning, she can execute him. She then decrees that no one in the kingdom shall sleep and must find the answer by morning otherwise they will all be executed. This I find a little harsh, even for opera; however, the aria itself is amazingly beautiful and tenors all over the world have chosen to take a stab at it. It is fraught with danger just like the path of Calaf, in that there are some superb high notes at the end that are sustained. One flashbulb popping or cell phone going off while singing this and you are toast as a tenor.

                  Caruso: Lucio Dalla

                  Caruso
                    “When he saw the moon coming out from the cloud, even death seemed sweet to him.”

                    Ok, I know I am getting all verklempt and gushy about these songs but I am not even kidding, This one, written by Lucio Dalla in 1986, was not made famous until after his death at which point it jumped the charts to number 2.

                    The song is dedicated to Italian tenor Enrico Caruso and is said to describe what the composer pictured as the final scene of his life. It is achingly beautiful and when sung in Italian by Lara Fabian, it will definitely make your eyes wet.

                    Amazing Grace: John Newton

                    911
                      “How precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed.”

                      This is a song of redemption and hope. The best version I have ever seen and heard is Renee Fleming singing it at the ceremony at the anniversary of Ground Zero in New York. Standing in front of all the people who had lost loved ones and confronting their grief was so difficult that she had to look up in an effort to hold it together. A performance like that takes so much strength and resolve. Filling an area, the scene of such horrific events, with beauty and compassion is the mark of a great artist and she will be remembered for her beauty and her grace far into future generations.

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                      Laudate Dominum: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

                      Laudate Dominum
                        “For his love is powerful, his faith, eternal.”

                        Also known as Psalm 117. This beautiful version is sung to perfection by the lovely Ceclilia Bartoli. Mozart was so gifted in writing stunningly beautiful melodies with perfect harmony to accompany them. His works are a gift to us centuries after he created them.

                        Mary: Sarah McLauchlan

                        Mary
                          “With trembling hands she reaches out, a stranger’s flesh is offered.”

                          This is a song about sacrifice and compassion despite being treated unkindly. The lyrics are so universal. It makes you stop and look at life and the people in it.

                          Then They Do: Trace Atkins

                          Trace Atkins
                            “You want all the dreams that they dreamed to come true, then they do.”

                            If you are a parent, this will hit you where you live. Sniff!

                            Vincent: Don McClean

                            Vincent
                              “They did not listen. they did not know how. Perhaps they’ll listen now.”

                              A beautifully crafted song by a consummate songwriter. I only wish Vincent could be here to hear how well he was understood, if not in his own time, in times that would be his future. I think it would have given him solace. He never knew what he meant to all of us.

                              Deja Vu: The Shrews

                              Shrews
                                “I remember all the things I should have said, But I always say the opposite instead.”

                                Ok, this may not make you cry but you will love it! The Shrews are a new group of fabulous musicians. What can I say? The songs are just catchy as hell! After all those tears, you have to get up and dance!

                                There are so many wonderfully inspirational songs out there. Enjoy these and then send me your picks! I might do another post!

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                                50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                                50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                                Life is filled with highs and lows —happiness and struggles that will test your resilience and integrity, push you to overcome challenges and leave you with lessons that will make you even stronger on your way up.

                                It’s the way you feel and think about yourself, including your expectations and beliefs about what is possible to you, greatly determines everything that happens to you.

                                It all starts with your thoughts. When you change your thoughts, you transform the quality of your life. (Right, Nancy’s story is a typical example!)

                                Below is a list of the best motivational quotes to inspire you to start your day with a blast:

                                Quotes for self-assurance

                                1. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

                                  2. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

                                    3. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

                                      4. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

                                        5. You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want great, then be great.

                                          6. It’s not who you are that holds you behind, it’s who you think your are not.

                                            Quotes about positivity

                                            7. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.

                                              8. You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it is experience.

                                                9. Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.

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                                                  10. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.

                                                    11. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

                                                      12. Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for great.

                                                        13. Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned from worst times and from the worst mistakes.

                                                          Quotes for work and success

                                                          14. Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.

                                                            15. Never stop doing great just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

                                                              16. Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to.

                                                                17. Work while they sleep. Learn while they party. Save while they spend. Live like they dream.

                                                                  18. The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.

                                                                    19. Never apologize for having high standards, people who really want to be in your life will rise to meet them.

                                                                      20. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

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                                                                        21. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, time will pass anyway.

                                                                          22. Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

                                                                            23. A hill is just another opportunity to leave your competition behind.

                                                                              24. Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.

                                                                                25. Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.

                                                                                  26. You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

                                                                                    27. Be selective in your battles for sometimes peace is better than being right.

                                                                                      28 If we keep doing what we are doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

                                                                                        29. You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.

                                                                                          30. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

                                                                                            31. The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

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                                                                                              32. If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.

                                                                                                33. If you can’t handle stress, you won’t manage success.

                                                                                                  34. Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.

                                                                                                    35. Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.

                                                                                                      36. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

                                                                                                        37. Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe dedicated.

                                                                                                          38. You become who you spend your time with.

                                                                                                            39. Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

                                                                                                              40. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

                                                                                                                41. If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

                                                                                                                  42. Between stimulus and response is our greatest power –the freedom to choose.

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                                                                                                                    43. What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy.

                                                                                                                      44. Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

                                                                                                                        45. Work until your idols become your rivals.

                                                                                                                          Quotes about money

                                                                                                                          46. Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

                                                                                                                            47. I create new enemies every day, it’s called business.

                                                                                                                              48. When you have a Million Dollar vision, don’t surround yourself with 1 cent minds.

                                                                                                                                49. You can’t get rich thinking poor.

                                                                                                                                  50. Doing what is comfortable is rarely profitable.

                                                                                                                                    51. If you can count your money, work harder.

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