Category Archives: Expressive Music

“Time of Your Life” Reflects on the Importance of Memories

Punk group performs soulful song

The song “Time of Your Life,” is also titled “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” Written and recorded by the punk rock band Green Day, it was released in 1997. All three members of the band, including Billie Joe Armstrong, … Continue reading

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“Do You Realize??” Asks Us To Think About What’s Important

The Flaming Lips want us to wonder, "What's really important in life?"

The Flaming Lips’ heartfelt song “Do You Realize??” is also, perhaps, their most well-known. With nearly 4,000,000 views on YouTube, “Do You Realize??” asks us to think about life and how short it can be. It also urges us to … Continue reading

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Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum Releases “A Crow Looked at Me”

In his most intimate album yet, a singer-songwriter bares all in the wake of his wife's death

“A Crow Looked at Me,” the new album by Mount Eerie, the solo project of Washington based singer-songwriter/producer Phil Elverum, was written in the wake of his late wife’s death, as he processed the tragic loss and began to come … Continue reading

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“Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion

A powerful song about love and gratitude

Celine Dion is arguably one of the most talented singers of our time. Her vocal range and clarity and the depth of emotion she brings to her performances is astonishing. At 48, she has recorded dozens of top hits, including … Continue reading

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“Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” from “Les Miserables”

A young man mourns his friends killed during a revolution

“Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” is a song from the musical “Les Miserables” based on the book of the same title by Victor Hugo. In the show, one of the characters, Marius, has joined a student revolution to try to … Continue reading

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“Look for Me in Rainbows” by Vicki Brown

This simple but deeply moving song is perfect for a funeral or memorial service

Vicki Brown was a vocalist from the United Kingdom who gained popularity during the 1970s. During her musical career, she sang with a number of contemporary groups, including The Breakaways and the aptly named Brown’s Home Brew, which she formed … Continue reading

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