Friday, March 30, 2012


Diane's instructions: List the songs that move your spirit, cut deep into your soul, and threaten to break your heart. Any that inspires you! Up to ten songs and feel free to include links or videos.

This was harder than I thought it would be. Oh, not because I couldn’t think of songs—the good Lord knows, I could have given you pages—but because some of these songs cut deep. And for various reasons.  Many touch me far beyond the subject of the song. Could be a phrase or two of the lyrics, perhaps the music itself invokes feelings or memories. When I listen to them, it opens a door to a time and place. Not always comfortable because the song puts me back in a situation and the heart remembers people, things, laughter and the pain. Some of my songs, here, call to mind things my sisters or brothers went through, some are things I’ve gone through.

A few of these touch my heart in another way—they put me in a zone where I’d like to be. Especially some of the instrumentals because they create a sense of comfort, nostalgia,  peace, and reflection.

Evanescence—My Immortal  This one has deep personal meaning for me. Amy Lee has a knack, especially in this song, of capturing the pain and feelings bewilderment and loss. I’ve been there. My voice range is similar to hers and the first time I sang it in public I actually worried I wouldn’t be able to finish it without tears. But I did. It’s a heartbreaker.

Breaking BenjaminAnthem Of the Angels.  I will never hear this song without thinking of my brother Roland and the week prior to his death.

The rest are just songs I like and touch me.

Chris Issac—Wicked Games 

Staind—Falling.   Love the philosophy of this one.
Keith UrbanWhat About Me? There are days this song is so me. :-)

Tim McGraw—Please Remember Me 
Roger Whitaker—I Don’t Believe IF Anymore. (Thank you Dad for hooking me on this one).
Breaking Benjamin—I Will Not Bow Again the philosophy, much of it is mine.

Instrumental songs that touch my heart:

David Arkenstone & Kostia TheCello’s Song 

David Lanz  Cristofori's Dream 

William Elwood "Elysian Fields 

Hopefully, I  have all the links correct. If you find one  that isn't, let me know.


C.M.Brown said...

Sia, I was with you when you chose Evacnesence - My Imortal, love it, has meaning for me too!Breaking Benjamin is a good choice too!

Thanks for sharing.

Kate said...

I dont know how I left Evanescence off my list - but thanks to you I was reminded of how beautiful this song is.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Great list, I love Roger Whittaker singing"I Don't Believe in If Anymore".


Kyra Lennon said...

Lovely choices! I definitely agree about Evanescence, Amy Lee's voice is amazing.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Sia, that's what draws me to a song - how it makes me feel, and often it has a lot to do with the memories attached.

Wicked Games - I'd almost forgotten that one.

Talli Roland said...

Wicked Games brings back so many memories for me - and not good ones. Great choices, Sia!

Tonya Kappes said...

Oh! I love all of those!!

Liza said...

Since I love the music on your blog, I had to click on every one of these links. Of course, Wicked Games is so haunting...the rest, well, I like your choices girl!

Tamara Narayan said...

I almost put Wicked Games on my list too.

Karen Walker said...

Whoa, this makes me realize I am so out of the loop when it comes to music - I don't know any songs or artists on your list, except Tim McGraw.

Clarissa Draper said...

I hardly know any on your list. Well, I love hearing new music. I'm going to go have a listen on youtube.

Retro-Zombie said...

staind and forrest whitaker... on the same list... awesome!

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vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

my favorite of there's is GIVE ME A SIGN.
have you seen that video?
i bawl like a baby every time!

Gossip_Grl said...

Loved your song pics.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Vic, I have and you're right.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Jeremy, you made me laugh with that one. I have eclectic music taste. Actually, Roger Whitaker was a favorite of my dad's and I also like his Last Farewell. :-)

But I do love Staind. His songs are real and from the heart.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My Immortal is a popular selection.

Denise Mitchell said...

I had Evanescence's Hello but My Immortal is also a fab choice. Also Chris Isaac's Wicked Games. I've always loved that song.

Great list!

M Pax said...

What moving and beautiful selections. I almost picked Evanescence, too.

Cynthia said...

My Immortal is definitely a sad song. Thanks for sharing!


J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Sia,
I thought I'd left a comment before, but Blogger has been loopy.

Really like that one by Roger Whittaker. It's a wonderful song. Loved it so much when I was a child.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Sia, you mentioned how much you love the sax. The other Jean Michel Jarre song I mentioned, Ron's Piece, has a very haunting sax in it. Jarre wrote it as a tribute to those killed in the Challenger explosion and the sax piece was the one the astronaut was to play on the shuttle as the first recorded music in space.

Here's the YouTube link -

N. R. Williams said...

Many of these I haven't heard before. I'll check them out.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Diane, I'll have to check it out. There are some instruments that lift a good piece of music to great--especially in the hands of a musician who puts his heart into it. :-)

Margo Kelly said...

Oh! I love: Tim McGraw—Please Remember Me


Have a great weekend!

~Sia McKye~ said...

JL, I've noticed the same with blogger today.I'm making my way through the list. Probably won't finish until tomorrow. But I few I hit twice--I knew that by the content but my comments weren't there, wtf?

I had to laugh when I went to your site, I talk about pages and you produced it, lol!

Heather M. Gardner said...

Love My Immortal. I picked it too.
Great list.

Jemi Fraser said...

Evanescene has a fabulous sound. The songs attached to personal events are tough!

Arlee Bird said...

That's quite a mix of songs. Just the way I like it. Evanescence is a great group.

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Jennie Bailey said...

My Immortal is one of my all time favorite songs. Top five definitely. I can't believe that I left it off my list because it is heartbreaking!

Beth said...

Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

Glenn Miller's In the Mood.

Top Gun Anthem.

Jellicle Ball from Cats.

I know, a different kind of list. But I come from a dance/choreography background. These are songs that inspire great dance.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Ah, Beth, those are some great instrumentals. Love In The Mood and Rhapsody in Blue.

Donna Hole said...

Beautiful list. Love your music choices. A couple of those are my favorite too.


JeffO said...

Love 'Wicked Game.' Isaac has a voice like Roy Orbison, and the song sounds like something from a David Lynch soundtrack.

Scarlett said...

Lovely sad songs, Sia.

Love Evanescence! Don't know that I recognize the song, Immortal. But it's SO on my list now.

There are really two songs that I immediately think of when I think of music that haunts me.

Annie Lennox, "Into the West" that she did for Lord of the Rings. Absolutely beautiful. Brings goosebumps and tears every single time. It just speaks to me.

and... Sarah McLachlan's, "In The Arms of An Angel". I mean, c'mon! Tearville.