Im kind of surprised. I havent heard of most of these songs.
Keith Green- The Grace by Which I Stand
I alot of Keith Green stuff man, my fav from that era, Don Fransisco He's Alive
I kind of find that Ashokan Farewell is so associated with the Civil War because to the series, as Ashokan is in the Catskill Region of NY, no where near where the war was fought
One that always chokes me up a bit is "NY state of Mind". I have a love/hate releationship with NY. There are parts I love, and parts I truely detest, but it is where I grew up, and live. The song makes me think about the parts of the state I do love, the Hudson River valley, the Catskills etc. Hate the politics, as I'm a died in the wool libertarian, but love the STATE (flora, fauna and geology)
"Quando le sere al placido" hits me pretty hard. Had a bad break up a long time ago
I used to sit at the piano and sing this on Easter mornings at church in my teens
Two songs for the time in my life that lead me to study this site;
"One Life to Love" - by 33 Miles (Weird... it's a Christian song, but I am a rationalist)
"Do I" - by Luke Bryan (also not a country fan)
Ugh. Don't wanna go back there again...
For me, there are a number of songs that act on me in this way:
'Moon River' by Henry Mancini and 'Remember When' by Alan Jackson - These were both songs we played during a slide show at my late grandmother's funeral. The first was one of her favorites and fit her personality in my mind so well. The second is just powerful; I'm not a country fan at all, but I fell in love with this song because its lyrics express life in a way that anyone, whether they live in the sticks and drive quads or live in the city and sip lattes, can hear and say, "Yes! That's the cycle of life."
As a classically-trained musician, I also have a number of pieces that come to mind:
'Adagio' by Samuel Barber
'Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis' by Ralph Vaughn Williams (Always think of the "drowning-man scene" in Master And Commander)
'Fanfare for the Common Man' by Aaron Copland (This was written as a tribute to the Armed Forces after World War II, I believe. The opening bars of clashing cymbals, a timpani, and the first strains of a lone trumpet truly send a chill down my spine. It's so beautiful)
'None But the Lonely Heart' by Tchaikovsky (This piece just seems to embody the anguish of a troubled composer in a nutshell.)
Opera/classical song also have such an effect on me:
Standchen by Schubert
Mi Babbino Caro by Puccini
Voi che sapete by Mozart
M'appari by Flotow
Duettino- Sull'Aria by Mozart (Add the narration of Morgan Freeman in the scene from 'Shawshank Redemption' to this gorgeous aria and it's next to impossible for any person with a heart not to weep):
How to Disappear Completely - Radiohead (and most of their other work tbh)
Damnation (whole album) - Opeth
White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
Thrice - Music Box
Thrice - Beggars
Dustin Kensrue - Consider the Ravens
Flyleaf - Arise
Social Distortion - Reach for the Sky
The Eagles, Santana, Eric Clapton, Nickelback, to name a few other favorites.