Monday, November 05, 2007

One of those songs

I caught part of This American Life last night while I took a bath, and at the end of the story about Jason Minter, whose mother was murdered when he was a kid, they played a cover of "It's All Right To Cry" from the "Free To Be... You and Me" 1970's kids album. The cover was sung by a female vocalist, and was just a simple piano accompaniment. I googled and googled and gave up. Finally, today I tried iTunes music store, and it came up under "It's Alright To Cry." Artist? Moufette. No idea who that is, but I really liked the song. Except that iTunes wouldn't allow me to download just that song, only to get it if I bought the album. Previewed the other tracks: not so hot. Back to googling. Canadians to the rescue! Only $.99 Canadian for the song, so I jumped. The song is so great, it's worth the $1.05 American.

18 comments:

Ahm said...

If you like that song, you should definitely watch this, the original!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHrwcQrY-JM

Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

That YouTube thing was TERRIBLE! Wonderful example of bad children's music.

I also fell in love with the song when I heard it on This American Life (it made me cry...). I just bought Moufette's whole album on MapleMusic.com. From what I've heard so far, sounds good.

victoria said...

Thanks so much for finding that wonderful song. Right after the show I goggled it and couldn't find it. It's a lovely cover. I plan on playing it to the kids at the school where I work.

emily said...

I too am hooked on this song from this american life. I have the podcast so i just kept rewinding it and rewinding it...glad to find im not the only one it affected so much!

Anonymous said...

i too found your page by googling "it's alright to cry" and "this american life". the tune is haunting me... was it lifted from somewhere else? (not the lyrics, i know they are from 'free to be you and me')

Beth said...

I'm glad so many people were able to figure out the song with my help! Awesome.

Anonymous said...

Isn't the tune the same as the Brokeback Mountain theme?

Beth said...

No connection to "Brokeback Mountain" that I can find, but I haven't seen the movie.

Anonymous said...

You can always find out what songs were played on TAL just by going to their site, at http://www.thislife.org

The song struck me too, really beautiful.

Beth said...

I wanted to know what the song was before the TAL team posted the song title. They post what music is played a few days after the show airs, so I had to hunt it down myself. I'm really glad so many people like the song like I do!

Anonymous said...

There IS actually a connection to the movie BrokeBack Mountain. On the original music score by Gustavo Santaolalla, there are two tracks ,'The Wings' and 'The Tractors' which are actually musical versions of 'It's Alright to Cry'.

Trey said...

The MapleMusic link did not seem to have the song anymore, but I did find it here.

http://cdbaby.com/cd/moufette

Now, if I could only buy just that song and not the whole album...

Beth said...

Maple Music seems to no longer offer this song! Dang. I did a quick search and came up with this site:

http://musicishere.com/artists/Moufette/Chew_Your_Heart

Seems like you can buy just "It's Alright to Cry" for $.99. Would someone care to try it and let us know if it works?

This is still one of my favorite songs, all these months later...

Anonymous said...

The track is available for 99 cents from Amazon.

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Alexfromphilly said...

If you hear a song you like on This American Life just go to their website. They archive all their podcasts there and they give a synopsis of each podcast along with the titles of the songs they used in the piece.

Beth said...

I know, Alex from Philly. As I posted back in 2007, the This American Life team doesn't post the music on the TAL site until later in the week after the broadcast has aired. I was trying to hunt it down immediately after hearing it on the show.

domeheid said...

Thanks, Beth. I'm another pilgrim from This American Life's "How to Rest in Peace" podcast. Disappointed to see this song wasn't on Spotify so I downloaded it from http://cdbaby.com/cd/moufette for $0.99. Not so keen on the bonus track that starts at 13:09.