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"Not Like This" by Al Jarreau. Gosh that's a sad song.

I was brought to tears the very first time I heard "Neither One Of Us" by Gladys Knight. They way she sings it just breaks your heart.

"Ruby's Arms" by Tom Waits.

A few Broadway musicals hit me like that as well.


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Bill Frisell – Throughout. The version with Petra Haden was played at a friend's funeral (a drummer who passed away not long after having studied with Bill). The live trio version starts with him saying to a festival audience, "I can't see you, but I can hear you and I can feel you." I recorded an arrangement on my first album but I can't listen to or play this tune without breaking down in tears.


Tom Waits – No One Knows I'm Gone


I saw Afro-Brazilian vocalist Luedji Luna live in December, and it wasn't any single particular song that got to me. Her presence and her energy is so powerful, and the fact that I am in the privileged position of having mutual friends with her is beyond anything I could have imagined when I started diving into Brazilian music 15 years ago.


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Twenty years ago I went through a bad marriage/divorce and songs like these have more meaning. And I'm not normally an emotional person.

This song is ALWAYS is a tear jerker, but this version left me bawling. Even the chord changes hurt.



The first time I heard this song, I had to pull off the road and stop. It was a hell of a release from my anguish over my divorce. It still jerks a tear.


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This one hits too close to home. I don't like songs that work too hard to wrangle a feeling out of you. This one is just straight up truth.

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The soundtrack to "Les Miserables". Even more so when my son sings it (he was Jean Valjean last year in a school production, and really nailed it.) Some of it is the story, and some of it is the music, some of it is pride in him. But it's a strong one for me. (Ok, maybe "Master of the House" only brings me to tears of laughter.)

This song by Fish (not Phish), about dealing with a parent and dementia. Oof. Having dealt with that with my mom, it hits home.


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