There are certain songs

There are certain songs that rip your heart out.

This is not a bad thing, and the songs that rip your heart out are not the same as the songs that rip my heart out. Each of us has our own unique song catalog, forming a sort of fingerprint of the soul.

For me, they tend to be songs that connect me with particular moments in my life, and personal connections that became bound up with certain songs.

Harry Nilsson’s version of Living Without You is one of those songs for me. A certain young woman named Janet somehow became entwined with that song, and now every time I hear it — all these years later — I still think of her.

You very like have songs that have circumscribed your soul in similar ways. I would be curious to hear what they are, if you would like to share.

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