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

“THE WEAKNESS IN ME”    MELISSA ETHERIDGE

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.

“SACRIFICE”     SINEAD O’CONNOR

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.

 

“IT WAS ALMOST LIKE A SONG”     RONNIE MILSAP

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.