This forum is just 'treading water' at the moment, and maybe it will continue this way until the new ABBA songs appear. In the meantime, I think this section offers the best opportunity to discuss some music. I was listening to Don Black, the great lyricist, doing his 'Tracks Of My Years' segment of the Ken Bruce Show (BBC Radio 2), and his final choice was the standard song, The Party'sOver, sung by Anthony Newley, which I found quite poignant. It made me think of the songs that really move me.
To be honest, with ABBA, for me, it's more about straightforward, uncomplicated enjoyment, rather than being moved, as such, although LAAPTMR can affect me that way.
The one song that does spring to my mind, now, that does move me is ArmyDreamers by Kate Bush. It's not just the words: the young soldier who never got to his twenties - "What a waste". It's that beautiful lilting melody that Kate sings, and the wonderful arrangement, including that little four-note motif - de-dum, de-dum - such a characteristic and memorable feature of the recording.
Of course a song doesn't have to be a slow sad ballad to be moving, and there might any number of musical/lyrical/vocal reasons why it has that affect.
Would you care to mention any non-ABBA songs that move you?
...The one song that does spring to my mind, now, that does move me is ArmyDreamers by Kate Bush...Would you care to mention any non-ABBA songs that move you?
Another Kate Bush composition springs immediately to my mind: This Woman's Work. The movie in which it appears came out two years after my son was born and the relevant scene could have been lifted directly from my own experience. Amazing that Kate captured the male perspective so perfectly.
Recently, I've gladly been sliding down the Youtube wormhole of 'first reaction' videos, in which people respond to hearing for the first time to songs and artists unfamiliar to them, and in particular to responses to Karen Carpenter's voice. 'Beautiful' gets used over and over again to describe her singing.
As a consequence, I started listening more intently than before to some Carpenters tracks, and the quality of Karen's voice has startled me, as if hearing it for the first time: the lovely tone, clarity, warmth, intimacy, the natural and direct and unaffected style. And it brings me to this video: the last song Karen recorded. By this time, anorexia had depleted her body and she was soon to die, yet the voice is, incredibly, mostly intact, though with a bit of that wondrous timbre gone. I'd be lying if I said this song and video didn't move me and make me cry.