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"Tears are words from the heart that can't be spoken."

As she sat in church listening to the old familiar hymns she began to cry.

As she heard the Christmas carols of her childhood she began to cry.

As she played the classic rock and folk music of her youth she began to cry.

As she listened to the peace anthems at the concert last night she began to cry.

"Why do you always cry when you listen to music?" he had asked her once gently.

She knew no way to explain the connection, how music unlocked the doors to memories long since locked away in the attic... times, people, places, hopes and dreams long since gone.

She rarely listens to music these days because she cannot stop the tears.

She prefers to spend her time in the soft realm of silence, hearing only the purring of her cats and the ticking of the clock. 

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  1. this is great. I'm a lot like this. I cry over songs as well. they remind me of certain times, people, places and even the present. So emotional!

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    1. That's it exactly Robin, very powerful emotion triggers, sometimes too powerful.

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  2. Well written. I listen to the music and the purring...because I need to feel and I need to be felt.
    The clock I cannot stop.

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    1. I feel too intensely at times McGuffy Ann, more than I want to feel or remember, so I avoid it for the most part. I'm not sure I want to stop the clock, but I sure would love to add a few more hours to each day.

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  3. Hi Josie ~~ This almost makes me cry. I sometimes do tear up a bit when we sing or I hear "Because He Live" being sung. I requested that for Mom's funeral way back when ('88). That was partly because I have since I have heard it wanted it to be sung (not a tape if I can help) for my funeral.

    I listen a lot to our Golden Oldie station, FM 106.9. They play a lot of clasic rock that I listened to during my 3rd life and after that in the car radio. YOu might be able to pick it up, I listened to it on the way to Mrs. Jim's family reunion Saturday in Alexandria, La. I picked it up all the way past Leesville, La (east of Jasper, Tx).
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    1. Very true Jim, some songs have extra power to tug at our hearts (and our tearducts) because of the emotional connection. The songs played at my father's funeral by his choice remain strong in my memory. We can receive FM106.9 here too. :-)

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  4. Tears can be a very cleansing experience. I’ve only cried about three times since childhood… and each time it was good. But crying doesn’t come easy to me… maybe for similar reasons to those of your subject, who cried so easily. Maybe she never let all of the pain out… I don’t think I’ve been able to do that either…

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