I want to know what it is that moves you.
I have a list of songs that do a lot of things to me, personally. I’m not sure about any of you, but these songs hit me so hard, I can’t quite explain how or why.
These are a few of them:
Hermod’s Ride to Hell – by Amon Amarth (lyrics are in the description)
This song, I was listening to it on the bus to the train station one day, and I had to stop listening to it because I started to cry. I could feel Baldr’s chains, I could see Sleipnir’s breath fogging the frigid air and could feel his eight hooves thundering underneath me. I was Hermod, rushing to save my brother, and making deals with Hel; I was Baldr, frozen and bound in an eternity of pain; I was Hel, finally with my love in my clutches, whether he wanted it or not; I was Loki, laughing and scorning them all from afar.
It was too much for me. I still can’t listen to it without a clutch in my throat.
The Gauntlet – by Demon Hunter (lyrics in description)
The first time I heard this song, I was blasting the album in my room, home alone. Since I was alone, I had turned the music up as loud as I wanted (read: too damned loud). I was rocking my way through the song until the end, when he says, “I hide in the corner…that look on your face, I’m accustomed to it”. When that line came up, every painful memory of my life came pouring back. I sat in the corner, terrified of what my stepmother was going to do; mourning the loss of a best friend, whose ring I still wear; afraid, afraid, afraid of what was going to go wrong today, and knowing that it was impossible to avoid it. The look on everyone’s faces was a look I was so accustomed to, that it didn’t affect me anymore. (If you want to know why I’m a dick, look there for a start)
The Ministry of Lost Souls – by Dream Theater (live version, excuse his voice)
This song is so perfect in every way that I can’t think of any way to possibly improve on it. Every time I hear this song, I have to stop what I’m doing to listen to it. If it’s a video, I have to watch them play. If it’s a GuitarPro file, I have to watch the instruments in action. The music tells the story of the song in ways the lyrics never could, but those lyrics still tell the story in ways the music by itself could not.
Anyway, I won’t keep going on and rambling forever, so tell me about you. Feel free to blog at me in the comments. I’d really like to know!