This idea occurred to me after seeing whatever commercial uses Gene Wilder singing Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. (To be fair, I’m pretty sure it’s for a certain telecommunication company, but since my cell phone can’t hold a call, my memory can’t hold a sponsor.)
Anygobstopper, here’s the original scene from the movie to move you:
What a haunting melody… man, was that movie dark or what?
Another classic that chokes me up fairly consistently: Harry Chapin’s Cat’s in the Cradle.
Damn, just looking these up is killing me. Curse you Five for Fighting, and your 100 Years.
The next two are definitely more personal than the above, but no less inherently tear-jerky (well, perhaps one is more so than the other): Mike + The Mechanics’ The Living Years and Joe Jackson’s Steppin’ Out.
And finally Sarah McLachlan’s Angel gets a mention because of the ASPCA TV ads, not for City of Angels.
Wow. This post wasn’t funny at all. Let me remedy that with an anecdote I heard about Arnold Schwarzenegger today:
While golfing, the Governator asked an opponent, “When was you last blowjob?” The guy responds with a laugh, “A couple nights ago, I guess.” Then while the guy’s taking his swing, Arnie adds in the Terminator’s voice, “How did it taste?” Needless to say, the guy choked (pun!)…
(anecdote via Dakota and here)