Tear Jerker: Blue October
A sizable part of this alternative rock band's song catalog can evoke this reaction.
- "For My Brother" is particularly gut wrenching, once it turns to a plea for help. It's roughly the emotional equivalent of being sent through a meat grinder.
- "Hate Me." You can tell it's going to be one right from the title. The anger and self-hatred running through the song is applicable to many mental disorders.
- "Let It Go".
- Also, "Black Orchid". You know it'll be depressing when it was written as a confession to the singer/writer's mother that he was suicidal, at the age of fourteen, but the sheer helplessness in his voice is what can make one unable to listen all the way through.
- "My Never". Admit it, we've all been there before.
- "Congratulations", the band's duet with Imogen Heap.
"I can't change this, I can never take this back, but now I can't change your mind..."
- "Any Man In America" is this for anyone who's been through a divorce, on the losing end of a custody battle, or both. The liner notes for this album even include a letter from Justin to his young daughter Blue, pictures of them together and pictures of band members with their own children, pets and hobbies.
- "Quiet Mind" is this in a more heartwarming sense.
- "The Feel Again (Stay)" can be interpreted several ways despite the direct lyrics. All ways result in a tearjerker, especially for fathers.
- Any given performance under lead singer Justin Furstenfeld's solo name 5591 can break the down the toughest heart.
- Justin's devotion to his daughter is so sweet, it makes me cry to listen to some of the music that can be applied to that connection.
- According to an article, the song "Into The Ocean" has helped people who were contemplating suicide. Justin's response?
"If I have saved others, I don't know what to say, but if I can do that for them, why... can't I do that for myself?"