If you’re a regular listener of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, you’re probably familiar with the episode a few weeks ago where they talked about “Pop Culture That Makes Us Cry.” As many of my friends and family are aware, although I keep pretty cool in most situations (I like to think I have a good poker face, but I probably don’t), I’m a sucker for sentiment. The PCHH folks discussed the different films, film scores, songs and other things that make them emotional. Some of those things make them emotional because of a memory or an association from their own lives that they relate to that bit of pop culture.
Well folks, I decided to make my own list of Pop Culture that makes me cry. In no particular order, they are:
1. “Ceremony” by New Order
2. “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dream Girls (starts at 3:10)
3. The end of My Girl (1991) – “Where are his glasses? He can’t see without his glasses!” <– CUE MY SOBBING
4. “Wake Up” by Arcade Fire – the line “someone told me not to cry” KILLS ME. Every time.
5. Mr. Rogers’ acceptance speech at the 1997 Emmy Awards
6. The last episode of Six Feet Under
7. (SPOILER ALERT) When Neville Longbottom wins 10 points for Gryffindor at the end of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
What makes you emotional? Is there anything glaringly obvious that I’ve left out? (There are probably a lot of things.)