In BDA times (Before David Archuleta), the only music that made me tear up was opera (especially Pavarotti singing “Che Gelida Manina” from La Bohème) … or any song from Billy Bob Thornton.
Then came David. And from Imagine to Think of Me to When You Believe – not to mention the dam-buster Save the Day – David song weep-fests became a regular occurrence for me. And not from sadness. In each of those songs, there’s such an undercurrent of pure love, such moments of blinding truth, it takes my breath away. In those moments, I feel in my heart what matters most in life. And I cry.
I’ve now come to expect waterworks from those songs, so I postpone operating heavy machinery accordingly. But recently, it’s also been happening with the uptempo stuff like The Riddle. Even My Hands gets me all verklempt lately. My Hands????
There’s something about the desperate ache in his voice at “Losing strength in these hands of mine / I need you here / Trying to hold on / Standing here, open hands and I / Know I can’t do this alone / Hold on, oh hold on / Baby hold ooooooonnnnnn” that gets me every time.
I was curious to find out if this was a David-only phenomenon, so I looked around online and found a forum where someone had posted the question, “Why does good music make some people cry?” Here were some of the answers:
- Sometimes when i’m listening to a music that i like, i get choked up and my eyes get watery. The music could either be instrumental or with lyrics … if it’s like really inspiring (you know, songs that make you feel good) i get teary eyed. I find it a bit strange … they’re not even sad love songs or whatever. Same goes for movies.
- Because the lyrics may be a reflection of their own life. It can also bring back memories, good and bad. Other times music is so beautiful it just speaks to your soul. The first time I heard the song “What A Wonderful World” I got teary eyed because it’s such a beautiful song.
- When you listen to it you really get into it and I think it may set off something like – in your head, you know? It happens to me quite often, like, when I’m listening to great bands because I’m really into their kinds of music, and because I’m in love with the people who write the songs. I listen to bands like Muse and The Killers (Matt’s voice from Muse makes me cry because he is such a good singer).
- I experience the same thing. I think of my dreams when I listen to those types of songs. They are just so inspirational to me.
- Music carries the wavelength of emotion.
- It stirs up emotions and feeling that only a good cry can help.
- Because the music is so good… that it brings emotion with it (: Like when you’re so happy you cry too 😉
If you think you’re immune to the waterworks power of the Archuleta, watch this and see what happens!
So, why does music make you cry?