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Music is our soul. The sound of the mysterious and tortured human condition. Once in a while, a song moves you in a way words cannot nearly describe. Here are some that move me…

1. This is the most beautiful song in the world; and the saddest. Far and away, my favourite piece of music. Ever. I am instantly transported to Paris…

Erik Satie, Gymnopédie 1

2. Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. When I hear this, there is a physical jolt. I just…stop. Nothing matters, everything looks different…

Ludwig van Beethoven, Moonlight Sonata (Movement I)

3. I don’t even have to close my eyes. I am not there anymore. I am floating above. It is sad, but I feel light. The orgasm of death.

Maria Callas, Ave Maria

4. The cross we bear called Love. The resurrections, the destitution; at once our devastation and our salvation. But the way He sings it, I understand why we keep coming back for more. And oh, His voice!

Jeff Buckley – Halleluhah

5. It gently rolls in like distant thunder, warning you of writhing sadness where you shamelessly drench yourself in the pain, because it’s the closest thing you have to love.

Jeff Buckley – Lilac Wine

6. Shameful and only haphazard that this unsettlingly beautiful song, my absolute most-loved of His, lies buried at six. Will we ever witness talent like His again? Oh, and His voice!

7. Do you know about Jean-Baptiste Maunier? Blessedly, I do.

8. This…

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