PLAY A PIECE OF MUSIC THAT MAKES YOU CRY


Listen to a piece of music that makes you cry

In case you have never experienced the intense connection between certain pieces of music/songs and your emotions and memories, this is for you.

Playlist by Alan Mac

From time to time, something triggers me to listen to a piece of music, and recreate strong emotions that could be from yesterday, last year, or even my early childhood.

Today was such a day.

I’m one day away from my 55th birthday, and whilst sitting drinking a coffee in a cafe in London, I was thinking about my mum who died in 2018, after a horrible final 3 years where I looked after her through dementia and facial cancer.

I can’t explain the chain of memories and emotions or visuals that were flashed across my mind, but suddenly I was back aged 13, watching Once Upon A Time In America with my mum, and I remember her crying when she heard Amapola, that her mum used to sing… I quickly found the soundrack and pressed play. Within about five seconds I was in tears, my stomach in knots…

I chided myself for crying in public for no apparent reason, but I couldn’t help it.

I tried to analyse what was actually going on, but it was so complex I decided just to go with it.

The other songs I chose have a very similar effect, but involve other people I have loved, and one that makes me cry because I feel sorry for myself, for being so stupid and leaving all the beautiful women who loved me.

The one thing for sure is whatever the vibration in music that causes me to cry, it has the ability to connect very powerful memories, thoughts, emotions, and show you a video too, all coming together to release salty tears.

The human body and mind, are indeed powerful, and we are so far from understanding it. One thing’s for sure, crying is a good thing, despite men especially being told not to!

A good cry to music helps cleanse not only the tear ducts, but any painful and unresolved emotions, at least for a moment.

So find a piece of music that resonates with you and have a good cry.

It’s far better than holding the tears back.

We may not understand the physical process of music-emotion-memory very well, and that’s ok. We don’t need to. We just need to let go for a moment.

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