Boys do cry - and sometimes music does the trick

info@islandpacket.comNovember 9, 2011 

Six words and the cat was out of the bag.

"You tweet a lot about crying."

This revelation, shared during a poker game no less, elicited the kind of response from my friends that one might expect â€" a brief moment of shock followed by laughter and weeks of good-natured ribbing.

On its face, I don't refute that claim. But it's worth mentioning that a brief review of my nearly 15,000 tweets indicated that a very small number of them were devoted to things that make me misty-eyed.

That sophisticated analysis notwithstanding, I have no problem copping to being an emotional guy.

I cry sometimes, and sometimes I cry a lot. But the things capable of getting me to that teary place are predictable and often consistent in their themes.

The first 20 minutes of Pixar's "Up," a movie about two people growing old together before one of them is left to face a changing world on his own? Reduced me to a Frosty the Snowman-size puddle of tears in the movie theater.

Jim Craig, wrapped in an American flag, asking aloud "Where's my father?" as he scanned the seats of the Olympic Arena in Lake Placid for his dad after he and a bunch of college kids from Minnesota and Boston upended the sporting world in 1980? Forget about it.

Recent Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta recounting the act of valor that earned him our nation's highest military honor to "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan then matter-of-factly telling her that he is a "mediocre" soldier? Check.

My copy of Tim Russert's "Big Russ and Me" looks like I threw it in the ocean.

Do you see a pattern developing here? The bond between fathers and sons. Overcoming adversity. Plain acts of heroism. Hope and belief triumphing in the face of doubt and improbability. These are my weepy greatest hits.

This week, in the spirit of my sometimes embarrassing sensitivity, a playlist of eight songs that may or may not have made my eyes a little glassy since hearing them for the first time.

No, "Boys Don't Cry" isn't one of them. Jerks.

Coldplay, "Fix You" I get never-ending amounts of grief from my friends for liking this song. I realize it's not for everyone, but it definitely is for me. Honestly, my favorite song ever. Judge away, haters.

David Gray, "Babylon" "If you want it, come and get it, for crying out loud" are some of the greatest lyrics ever written.

The Civil Wars, "Poison & Wine" Every bit as good as, if not better than, the sweeping duet that won Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova an Academy Award in 2007.

Simon & Garfunkel, "The Only Living Boy in New York" An underappreciated but truly remarkable song.

The Avett Brothers, "The Ballad of Love and Hate" A bare-bones love song. Not sure it gets better than that.

Patty Griffin, "Rain" Any weepy playlist needs at least one Patty Griffin song. One of the great vocalists and songwriters of our time.

• Matt Nathanson, "Little Victories" "I'll be out here on the sea/Just my confidence and me." Love it.

Elliott Smith,"Between the Bars" A haunting, beautiful song that feels eerily poignant given what became of Elliott Smith.

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