08. January 2009 · Comments Off on What Makes You Cry · Categories: Links, Ramble

Whenever I hear an oboe, I can’t but think of something that’s sad and alone.

(Yes, I could make so many bad jokes about that quote and oboists … and reeds … but I’m not gonna. Aren’t you proud of me?)

I read it here. Check out what Chicagoans in the arts say about what makes them cry.

Me? Some music makes me cry (not when I’m playing for the most part, though). Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, second movement, English horn solo. (Duh!) Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto (Emperor), second movement. So much more ….

But it’s not only music. Words can get to me. I used to put together a contemplative Christmas program that featured scripture, poetry and music. And that’s where I did fall apart! If I read a poem that moved me, I’d have a very difficult time holding back tears. Maybe because I wasn’t as used to reading as I was to playing. Dunno. I can read them silently and while I’m moved I won’t cry. But say them aloud and the floodgates open.

And art. When I saw Van Gogh’s Starry Night I finally understood how a painting could hit someone emotionally.

And of course I’m a sucker for some movies. Even when I know I’m being manipulated. (But maybe music and art are manipulating me as well, eh?) “The Lives Of Others” really hit me. I guess it doesn’t hit everyone that way, but it sure got to me.

Theater can get to me as well. I certainly cried at “Machinal”.

Hmmm. Maybe I just like to cry.

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