Singing to our emotions

Stephen Baker

Did you ever notice when you're jilted or mourning, or otherwise emotionally vulnerable, all the songs on the radio seem to be written for you? I'm living that phenomenon now as I put together the soundtrack--about three CDs full--for a memorial service. It's a weepy assignment if there ever was one. And I'm afraid that I'm including wildly inappropriate songs simply because they contain or word or a phrase that speaks to me. In other words, I'm ignoring the context of the song and focusing only on the part that stirs me.

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