Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sunday Scribblings - Goosebumps

I don't tend to get goosebumps from the usual things. When I'm forced to accompany my son on a rollercoaster or spinning ride I just feel ill. (And by the way, when did that happen? I don't remember agreeing to get old and lose my cast iron stomach.) Scary movies leave me with a palpable ball of fear in the pit of my stomach, and I'll generally try anything to get out of watching them.

Songs can give me goosebumps though. Certain songs, usually those based on true stories, with lyrics so haunting you know they will stay with you forever, those give me goosebumps. Those are the things that send chills up and down my spine. Listening to songs like Tommy Sands' "There Were Roses", or to John McCutcheon's "Christmas In The Trenches", or Judy Small's "Mothers, Daughters, Wives". Or to songs like Peter Jones' "Kilkelly" or David Roth's "9 Gold Medals". Songs like these make my hair stand on end, staying with me long after the last note has faded.

Take a minute to read through the lyrics, and see if they don't give you chills, too.

You can find many more goosebumps at this week's Sunday Scribblings.

6 comments:

Rob Kistner said...

Robin - I'm with you on the music goosebumps. ;) Thank you for visiting me at Image & Verse!

joezul said...

Hi Robin,

Thanks for dropping in on me. I've never heard of the songs you've mentioned , so now I'm going to check them out. :)

Poppy Fields said...

Oh yes, certain songs give me goosebumps, too. Eric Clapton's Tears in Heaven is one....

Robin said...

Oh yes, that's another one. What an incredibly tragic and powerful song. Those true stories get me every time.

raymond pert said...

Mothers,Daughters, Wives is the best song Judy Small has written. Likewise, Christmas in the Trenches for John McCutcheon. Just for the sake of information, my wife has opened for both of them in concert.

My wife's name is Debbie Diedrich and on her cd "Ninety Miles Out" she performs a song entitled "Auf Wiedersehen/Hamburg" that is based on a true story and is every bit as moving as the great songs you've mentioned.

The cd is very hard to find now. Its title is Ninety Miles Out. If you ever run across it, I think you'd enjoy it.

If you'd like a copy, go to my blog profile, click on my email address, send me an email and your address, and I'll mail you a copy free of charge.

I won't be back home where the CD is until September, so it'll be a while before I honor your request, should you make it.

Jo said...

Love Mothers, Daughters, Wives and I'm sure I recognise the McCutcheon one. Both very powerful........

J