Is there a song of John’s that you absolutely love and that deeply affects you, but you can’t explain why? You might not be able to pinpoint anything in the lyrics or instrumentation that could be responsible for its profound effect on you, but at the same time you can’t deny it.
For me, this song is Saturation from To Record Only Water for Ten Days. In this video John describes it as a sad song, but asks the audience “have any of you ever had the experience where sad music makes you feel happy?” My answer to that would be “absolutely” - particularly with Saturation. Every time I hear it, I know in my head that it is meant to be sad, yet I somehow find it so light and uplifting. I absolutely love John’s expression beginning at 1.43 in the video; he looks so full of joy and this perfectly represents how the song makes me feel.
Thanks to my Twitter friend Roma for linking me to this video and making me hold back tears in front of everyone at a family gathering! ;) I love that John’s music is so profound as to affect us at any place and time.