A song that breaks your heart with the first few notes

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Every single question on this American Songwriter extravaganza list can be answered with "Almost Lover" by A Fine Frenzy. Since you now know that is my default answer for everything, let me see if I can finish the extravaganza without using it.

"Songbird," Eva Cassidy

As with virtually all of Eva Cassidy's music, I appreciate her cover of "Songbird" more than the Fleetwood Mac original. This song isn't meant to be a sad one, but the melody is so incredibly melancholic I can't help but think of love that is bittersweet when I hear this one. "For you, there'll be no cryin' / for you, the sun will be shining / 'cause I feel that when I'm with you, it's all right / I know it's right." This song reminds me of someone I adored and thought the world of but more or less had to leave. So it was on good terms, but bittersweet. I love the conviction with which Eva sings the beginning of the second verse: "To you, I would give the world / to you, I'd never be cold ..." I know exactly what she is talking about.

"Missing You," Diana Ross

This is a classic, right? The first few notes, however 80s-esque, are so haunting. Reminds me of the same person as above, and the song has the same kind of tender and bittersweet vulnerability. The lyrics to this song are so simple, but so effective. I love it, I love it, I love it but at the same time, I hate loving it because it's so tragic. My favorite lyrics: "Just to see you smile made my heart fill with joy."

Honorable mentions:
"Stay," Lisa Loeb (already mentioned in a previous week)
"Settling," Tara MacLean
"I Know You By Heart," Eva Cassidy

But seriously, "Almost Lover," it's a good one.

Songbird Missing You Stay Settling I Know You By Heart Almost Lover (Album Version)

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