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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2016 9:05 p.m. PST

I admit it.
I am weak.
Almost every night I stay up catching Youyubr vlips. And drinking.


What do you go back to, when you want to shed tears and blubber?

For me, Dvorak's Symphony 9, From the New World, 2nd movement Largo, never fails to choke me up.
Here's Herbie.
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Going home, going home…

Darn the idiotic separation of the
Plus Boards, so I cannot crosspost to Poll suggestions.

Anyway, most of you are Manly Men. And Manly Men can shed A tear. Or two.

What makes Manly Men such as you blubber like a baby?

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2016 9:08 p.m. PST

In The Once and Future King, and in the Broadway production of Camelot…
When Arthur commands Wart of Warwick to flee the battle, and to Remember What was once Camelot…. I choke up.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2016 9:10 p.m. PST

And if you are NOT a Manly Man, but check the "Other" box…
You are welcome too.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2016 9:12 p.m. PST

I am loud. I can sometimes carry a tune.
But this would defeat me, were I try to be a professional singer.
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Streitax Inactive Member12 Jul 2016 10:33 p.m. PST

Somebody get the OFM a box of tissues, he's starting to warp the counter top to the bar. Oh yeah, and play 'Fields of Athenry' to cheer him up.

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skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2016 2:33 a.m. PST
ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Jul 2016 3:47 a.m. PST

All sorts of things will make me choke up with tears. Music, books, movies. Never been ashamed of it.

zippyfusenet Inactive Member13 Jul 2016 5:18 a.m. PST

Here's a favorite of mine, John. It's a three-hankie weeper:

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britishlinescarlet213 Jul 2016 7:56 a.m. PST

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Henryk Górecki – Symphony of Sorrowful Songs – 2nd Movement

There appears to be some dust in my eye …..

anleiher13 Jul 2016 8:45 a.m. PST

No tears in Texas; you'll get your man card revoked. Here's a suggestion for you though:

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Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2016 10:58 a.m. PST

"Youyubr vlips"
Yep, it appears that way. ;)

Your choice of emotional classical music is first rate, by the way.

I am hard to reach. But Barber's Adagio for Strings, and Ralph (why do "they" pronounce it "RAFE"?) Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, leading up to the first crescendo, will choke me up most of the time.

There are lots of other pieces that I find emotionally gripping, in several/many genres. White Rabbit with Grace Slick, will usually do it. The epic instrumental in Ramble Tamble does it to me nearly every time. Something almost cosmically powerful is present, including the almost inaudible piano single key solo at the top of it all. Etc….

Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2016 11:00 a.m. PST

I choke up every, single time, that I hear Shore's powerful Rohan theme and see Theoden lead his men (and women, heh) to death and victory in Return of the King. It is, and will always be, the single-most moment in Jackson's movie Trilogy which redeems the rest of his egregious creation (I am being hard on him: his scenics are superb, even in the Hobbit; but he Bleeped texted with the story with additions and deletions and I cannot forgive)….

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2016 11:55 a.m. PST

Any music that evokes thoughts of brave men dying for what they believe.

Tumbleweed Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2016 5:53 p.m. PST

I listen to "Pavane For A Dead Princess" and think about my favorite dog Jack.

We have always adopted white boxers because the breeders put them down. They think white boxers are "bad for the breed." We save them in part because they are marked for death. If we had a family sigil, it would feature a white boxer.

One evening my wife took Jack for a walk. A snake bit the dog, he jumped in the air, but my wife didn't know what happened because it was all so fast. Later we saw the fang marks of a snake on Jack's hind leg.

Jack died three days later. So every now and then I play that music, drink beer and remember Jack.

nvdoyle13 Jul 2016 6:32 p.m. PST

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Every. Single. Time.

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member14 Jul 2016 4:57 a.m. PST

I was really hoping nobody was going to post a link to Zardoz!!!

Seriously, I was doing some research on naval gaming and came across this story on a wargamer's site:

cke1st.com/m_stuff1.htm

Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2016 8:32 a.m. PST

@nv: for sure. It's a movie that I cannot watch all the way through more than the once or twice that I did, way back when….

Dn Jackson14 Jul 2016 11:32 p.m. PST

La Carmina Burana because it always reminds me of this: YouTube link

Trajanus15 Jul 2016 1:33 p.m. PST

+1 For Thomas Tallis.

Also the Linda Ronstadt version of Talk to me of Mendocino and Alison Krauss singing Dimming of the Day.

Can't play those two consecutively without notifying the Water Authority.

Caliban Supporting Member of TMP22 Jul 2016 11:05 a.m. PST

Saint Saens Organ Symphony. And that is not a euphemism…

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2016 8:48 a.m. PST

This,every time,for five decades:

https://youtu.be/Yt1vQ81jNWw

Knowing that many in the scene were actual refugees from the Nazis,and those were real,not "Hollywood" tears, only makes it worse. . .

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2016 9:15 a.m. PST

Also this one gets me at least a little misty-eyed:

https://youtu.be/LYV7yg54sW8

If you think about it,a bit subversive for 1953,which is not surprising,for Dr. Seuss.

(Sorry if I'm being low-brow in such august company,but you asked).

Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2016 9:36 a.m. PST

@Hafen: I have to wonder who the woman's voice is for that little kid's lip-sync. The Fifties were such a weird time to be a kid. Big people were still in shock from The War, jittery nerves because of the Soviets, and the rest of what I'd say is too "dangerous".

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2016 10:33 a.m. PST

GWA--Not a woman,another "youngster":Tony Butala,who later went on to form The Lettermen:

m.imdb.com/name/nm0124650

Apparently only slightly older than the kid, who is Tommy Rettig,later Jeff,the original kid on "Lassie".

I grew up in the 50's myself; I was thinking "subversive" in the sense that it was still pretty much accepted that childhood should involve a lot of physical pain,among other things.

Dr. Seuss did address some of the fears and unease you allude to,but from the point of view of the kids. Bart mentions that his dad had died,and it would probably be a safe guess that it had been during the war. Hans Conried has designs on his mother,and is clearly the "Cruel Step-Father" character presumably feared by children of war widows. The plumber,Bart's "real" father,is,interestingly, a vet,at least it's implied--he wears his old army jacket,and drives a war surplus jeep.

Of course, the whole movie is about a kind of totalitarian nightmare world; it was heavily cut,made more "family-friendly",but still flopped. I don't know what else Dr. Seuss had in there that got removed,but there's still enough left to give kids some bad dreams:

https://youtu.be/rqy4xcXgtxM

It seems to finally be getting some recognition,after being all but forgotten for decades,much like the later "7 Faces of Dr. Lao"(and that one had a yummy Barbara Eden!).


(Apologies to the OFM for hijack).

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2016 11:42 a.m. PST

Aw,nuts. Wish I hadn't thought of Barbara Eden.

Oh what the heck,here:

https://youtu.be/MtJHRAbQczY

I doubt if what she raises is tears,though.

Well,maybe some tears of longing. . .

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2016 12:47 p.m. PST

I found this interview with Tony Butala talking about working on the film,FWIW:

https://youtu.be/Qzw97x9mUVE

I'd be up for a rousing chorus of "Victorious" after a big game win,should that unlikely event ever happen. Unfortunately,couldn't find a clip. Here's a soundtrack clip,if you want to give it a listen:

https://youtu.be/DacZQ07KbiU

"We're rough,we're tough,we're on the ball,
We're gruesome one,we're gruesome all,
Unsinkable, stinkable,horrible us!
Hooray! We are victorious!"

Appropriate for wargamers,don't you think?

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2016 7:51 a.m. PST

I'm not manly, but I almost never cry. The following give me a lump in the throat or at least put me in a pensive mood

Delibes' Duet from Lakme

The ending of Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac.

Beethoven's Symphony #7, 2nd movement, the Figlio Perduto

Debussy Clair De Lune, Arabesque #1

Satie Gymnopedies

Philip Glass -Facades and Closing, both from the album Glassworks

Talk Talk -Caroline from album It's My Life

Joy Division -Decades from the album Closer

Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark -Statues from the album Organization

Barber's Adagio for Strings

Probably many others

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Aug 2016 4:14 a.m. PST

An interesting discussion! Any bit of music, movies, literature, etc. which can produce tears has obviously succeeded. As a writer, I'm always striving to produce an emotional response in my readers. And when I get a review where the person says that some part of my work left them with tears in their eyes, I always do a fist-pump and say: "Yes!" :)

Old Wolfman12 Aug 2016 6:38 a.m. PST

A few standouts for me are Bill Pullman's "Henry V" style speech in "Independence Day",Charlton Heston parting the Red Sea in "The Ten Commandemnts",listening to the Liverpool supporters at Anfield singing "You'll Never Walk Alone",and several others.

Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2016 7:32 a.m. PST

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The simple beauty of Third Mode Melody always cuts into me….

Guthroth23 Sep 2016 11:13 a.m. PST

For me its always been this bit
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The music helps of vourse

The final sequence of Ghost

and this one
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And of course the Charge of the Rohirrim from LOTR

Tumbleweed Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2016 5:33 p.m. PST

"Théoden King stands alone."

"Not alone. ROHIRRIM!"

Always does it for me too.

bobm195912 Oct 2016 5:34 a.m. PST

Lizzie Jones singing Abide With Me at Wembley was the most recent.

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