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Saturday, April 11, 2009

CRYING Question

What makes you cry?

Certainly, sad news of a personal nature, but I'm thinking of what else makes your eyes moist?

For me, it's usually music. It might be a certain recollection; Harvest Moon by Neil Young and Stay with Me by Lorraine Ellison, for two, remind me of lost love. There's an adagio by Albinoni that recalls a late friend.

Then there are other pieces that move me: many Requiems, the Barber Adagio. Johnny Cash's Hurt does when I see the video, but it's the Mercy Seat that gets me when I'm just listening.

The hymn that always gets to me this time of year is Ah, Holy Jesus, specifically the second verse:
Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon Thee?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone Thee.
’Twas I, Lord, Jesus, I it was denied Thee!
I crucified Thee.

There are also the occasional movie or television show that move me to tears. The last one I recall was an episode of Scrubs. I don't remember the particulars, but it featured a number of Muppets.

How about you?



Rebecca Hickman said...

I cried tears of joy everytime the Obamas took the stage during the DNC.

Scott said...

I have had a lot of situations that have made me cry, or forced me to hold back tears. What really catches me off guard is when it happens while reading a book. It's one thing to be caught up in something directly effecting you, but reading a piece of fiction and be caught that way is weird.

Rebecca Hickman said...

I cried today when I learned the wonderful news that Capt. Phillips is now safe.