Songs Guaranteed To Make Your Heart Stop: Melissa Etheridge, Ronnie Milsap, Sinead O’Connor


Melissa+EtheridgeA spotlight on a Grand Piano, Melissa Etheridge tells the audience that this song has a special meaning in her life.   As she pours out her emotion in this heartbreaking ballad, you gasp at how intense a song can be when the volume is never loud, no rock guitars, no big amplifiers.   The song was originally sung by Joan Armatrading in 1981 but was thankfully never a commercial hit, this song was never meant for radio overplay.


sineadHaunting, chilling, spine-tingling, and the greatest cover of an Elton John song ever by a female singer.    Sinead O’Connor’s remake of the pop hit, “Sacrifice”, turns the top 40 song into a tour-de-force piano ballad.   The vocals are so tender and piercing at the same time, it’s a difficult listen, emotional overload.   Yet, at the same time, it’s one of the most beautiful songs about jealousy, doubt, and undying love.



ronnie-milsapThere is something so simple and poignant about a singer sitting at a piano telling a story through their lyrics and melody.   This was one of those songs that will stop you in your tracks and force you to give it your full attention.  As you think about “What could have been?”   Ronnie Milsap’s love story gone wrong, the one that got away, all described vividly over the twinkling of his piano keys.



  1. Mike, I played the piano for seven years when I was teenager. I really didn’t have a choice of the matter. My mom purchased a piano and hired a piano teacher who came out to the house twice a week for years. I practiced one to two hours a day. My mom saw how frustrated I was cause I didn’t want to play the piano which by the way I was pretty good at. I wanted to play the flute and she wouldn’t let me. In the 7th grade I signed up with band and rented a flute. However my mom refused to take me to certain practices so I had to drop that instrument. My mom compromised and said “If I let you play pop music on the piano will you take it serious?” I happily agreed and practiced as she wished. In the end, I fell in love with classical music and did a few recitals. I had some pretty incredible teachers in those seven years. 🙂 For fun I played a bunch of Journey, REO Speedwagon and Neil Diamond. That did make it entertaining. When I turned 18 I became incredibly rebellious and quit the piano all together. That crushed mom’s heart and was the biggest mistake of my life. I could have been a great pianist.:( I still remember certain things and can still read music. My mom got my girls a piano in 1998 but they never took it serious either. I kept the piano for myself and played silly love songs as a stress reliever. My mom is keeping the piano at her house for the time being. Maybe one day I’ll play for you. 🙂 😉 🙂 That’s so sweet that the song “It was almost like a song” has so much meaning to you. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Hey Mike, I know you have done blogs on Rihanna, but I’m crazy about that “Unfaithful” song. There is something so unique about the way she sings it and the instruments sound so haunting right to the soul. Of course I don’t agree with these lyrics but it’s a very catchy tune. Also, Imagine Dragons “It’s time”, this band seriously rocks. This is my request please!!! Thanks!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  3. Wow, I didn’t know you played the piano? Do you still remember how to play? That song has a lot of meaning to me too. I remember it was one on my dad’s cassettes. I hadn’t heard it in awhile. Actually that’s the song that started the day’s theme. Thank you so much for telling me about your story! Send me some requests?

  4. Mike I just had a mini heart attack when I listened to “It was almost a song”!! I used to play this song on my piano for many years. Talk about stopping me in my tracks and giving my full attention. O…M…G!!!!! I adore this song!! It’s been a very, very long time since I heard this. This really touched my heart to the point I cried happy tears!!! “Sacrifice” and “The weakness in me” are pretty amazing too!!! Thanks for posting this touching and wonderful blog!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂