Monday, July 13, 2009

Heart on my Sleeve

I am an emotional person.

It's not always a bad thing. It's not always a good thing either.

I've written here about favorite songs of mine, about signature songs...ones I love to sing and speak most deeply to me.

I remember the first time I ever heard Bernadette Peters sing this song...I thought it was so powerful, so wrenching.

I watch this video and it chills me...of course, she's a great actress, but there are some things you cannot act. I recognize the temerity that goes hand in hand with the need to let something out. Some feeling are too big, too awful to let out and show the world...and yet, too big and too awful to keep in.

When her eyes dart about and she seems unsure whether she can or should go on, a little of me aches for her. I know this place. It is one of the most important places I have ever had the privilege of reaching.

Oh, how it aches. And I wouldn't trade that for anything in the world.

I really wish more people could express themselves as beautifully as the sublime Bernadette Peters.

What makes you cry out like this?

3 comment(s):

soccer mom in denial

I really wish Linky Love worked. I'll be sure to go in and manually promote this wonderful post.

And, as you know, Defying Gravity, sung by a certainly 5-year-old in my arms makes me weep. Uncontrollably. Because I so hope no one ever brings her down.

Jen of A2eatwrite

I couldn't find the version I wanted, but this is the song that makes me tear up every time:


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