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Heartbreaking voices

 
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Two voices which break my heart:  Dolly Parton and Richard Thompson.





Which voices break your heart?

 
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I love Dolly!  I would love to hang out with her sometime and just listen to her stories (although I guess we get that listening to her music).

Have you heard this version?  It's so fun:


For me it's usually less about the person's voice itself and more a combination of the voice/words/music that moves me.

Here is one (ignore the cheesy video):


And another (lots of Josh Groban's get to me):

 
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Oh thank you for sharing those.

This song always makes me cry, even when I sing it:  


'All the birds in the forest they bitterly weep
Saying, "Where will we shelter, where shall we sleep?"
For the Oak and the Ash, they are all cutten down
And the walls of bonny Portmore are all down to the ground.'
 
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Yes, yes, yes!  I have been a fan of Loreena McKennitt for 25 years since I heard the Lady of Shallot in a British Literature class.  She is amazing and I feel so grateful to have been able to see her in concert (unlike many, she sounds just as good if not better live) and hope to again if she makes her way back to the PNW on her current tour.

And yes, again - this song makes me cry when I sing it too.  :)  I will say that it inspires thoughts of "the second best time to plant a tree is TODAY."  It is not too late to replant.
 
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She hasn't recorded a lot of original music yet. But. I totally geek out when I listen to her. This is one of her original songs.



It reminds me of my Nightwish days, and Luar na Lubre before that.
 
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There is a woman called Valerie McFarland that I have heard sing several times, and is always a singer at our Rock the Flock benefit concert, but sadly I do not think she had anything on YouTube or has recorded anything. She is has a lot of passion and compassion, and it comes out with her voice (but also her guitar).

Jethro Tull is like that too, in particular his song Farm on the Freeway.
 
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Travis, is this she?  
 
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This is one of my CURRENT favorites. I love love love this song... his voice, the intensity of the emotion, everything. Beautiful.
 
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I think this one is mostly about the subject matter. Eric Clapton's four-year-old son fell to his death from a hotel window. It's called Tears in Heaven.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JxPj3GAYYZ0

I got the blues is a Rolling Stones song. I'm not sure if it's about a real breakup and the aftermath.

Mick Jagger is the vocalist.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c0j2fKiB9VM

I Got the Blues

As I stand by your flame
I get burned once again
Feelin' low down, I'm blue
As I sit by the fire
Of your warm desire
I've got the blues for you, yeah
Every night you've been away
I've sat down and I have prayed
That you're safe in the arms of a guy
Who will bring you alive
Won't drag you down with abuse
In the silk sheet of time
I will find peace of mind
Love is a bed full of blues
And I've got the blues for you
And I've got the blues for you
And I'll bust my brains out for you
And I'll tear my hair out
I'm gonna tear my hair out just for you
If you don't believe what I'm singing
At three o'clock in the morning, babe, well
I'm singing my song for you
 
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Thanks, all!  Sarah, I especially enjoyed your suggestion.  Not just that song but the others posted on youtube that she's sung.  As an ex-gamer, it was particularly fun to talk a walk down memory lane.  :)
 
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Loretta and Conway are some of the best.
 
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The previous video is a good sample of their singing, but I like this one just because it is so silly. Its one of my all-time favorites.

 
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Bill Crim wrote:The previous video is a good sample of their singing, but I like this one just because it is so silly. Its one of my all-time favorites.


Yup, that was fun.  :)
 
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For me, this is about as heartbreaking as I have ever heard ...








 
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