Have you ever found yourself listening to music when suddenly the pressure wells at the corner of your eye and a tear leaks out? Or maybe you’re the kind of person who turns to music when you need a good cry?

Here at the Workshop, we all admit to finding ourselves a little teary when listening to certain songs. Music has a way of really tapping into emotions, without necessarily being overt or obvious about what we should be feeling.

One of the Workshop’s youth outcomes is self-efficacy. That means we want young people to understand how to advocate for their own needs and emotions. One of the things we all struggle with growing up is how to recognize what we’re feeling and being able to articulate these feelings to others in a way that is healthy, safe and understandable.

Learning how to channel and comprehend emotion through music helps the youth we serve advocate for themselves. They also work through theatre exercises involving different emotions and write about moments in life when certain emotions have been felt very strongly. This helps students gain perspective and self-efficacy when dealing with difficult situations.

How do you do this? Do you use a little music to help you figure it out

Check out the playlist on Spotify.

What song makes you cry? 

  • Karena, Program Director, Sade “By Your Side” An old flame put it on a mixed tape for me.
  • Beverly, Individual Giving Manager, Mazzy Star “Fade Into You” If I’m already sad it’ll push me to tears. The tempo, harmony and the lyrics are so soft and calming.
  • Jessica, Executive Director – “Sylvia’s Mother Says” by Dr. Hook because he cries when he sings.
  • Larry, Program & Administrative Assistant – “Just One Smile” by Dusty Springfield. The “can I cry a little bit” intro line is heart breaking.
  • Ivy, Finance & Operations Manager – Les Miserables, The theme of the story.
  • Gary, Artistic Director – No song makes me cry or respond emotionally.
  • Anne, Program & Communications Manager – “On My Own” from Les Miserables. It’s sung by Eponine who is hopelessly in love with someone who loves someone else and I’ve always felt like the other girl. I’ve seen this show twice and remember listening to the soundtrack and crying.
  • Aurora, Program Manager – The Cat Stevens Soundtrack to Harold and Maude.
  • Laurie, Institutional Gifts Manager – La Marseillaise. The scene in Casablanca gets me every time.

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