This is a bit of a suggestion for inspiration, I guess -- especially if you want to tap into emotions without writing the same old love and breakup songs and nothing else. So how many people here are crybabies like me? I figured it might be common in creative people. I'm not talking about crying for your own problems, but out of empathy with other people's joys and tragedies.
I'm literally like 9-10 out of 10 in terms of how easily I cry at not just movies, but sentimental commercials, random acts of kindness, weddings, wakes, births, graduations (I don't have to know the people for any of these), many news stories both happy and sad... I even tear up whenever a big crowd of people comes together for a common reason, like at concerts, parades, and sporting events (even though I find both sports and patriotism pointless myself, haha).
I used to hate this about myself, but over the past year I've started calling it "my superpower" since I want to write songs that express emotions, and I tap into them extremely easily. I started keeping a list on my phone of things that made me cry or tear up, and now literally every time I feel it coming on I try to get it down so I don't forget it. It could always turn into a song idea!
Now feel free to start your own list either privately or in this thread, but here's a sampling from my list to inspire either your own list, or a song (doesn't even necessarily have to be a very emotional song btw), as you can see they're pretty random and I know not everyone is quite as sensitive as I am, but it's a good excuse to watch more movies/TV, listen to more music, read books and poetry, eavesdrop, and/or read the news:
1) Divided families in Korea and family reunions done through lotteries (I'm writing a song about this now, but there can be more than one song about it!)
2) this Paper & Packaging commercial
3) this (long) Apple commercial
4) this Google commercial (seriously!! It's just a series of web searches and it made me cry!)
5) From the Wikipedia article on the Lockerbie plane crash: "Many of the passengers' relatives, most of them from the US, arrived there within days to identify the dead. Volunteers from Lockerbie set up and staffed canteens, which stayed open 24 hours a day and offered relatives, soldiers, police officers, and social workers free sandwiches, hot meals, coffee, and someone to talk to. The people of the town washed, dried, and ironed every piece of clothing that was found once the police had determined they were of no forensic value."
6) The poem "Surprised by Joy" by William Wordsworth
7) A news story about a gay man who found a baby boy in the subway, and even though his partner fought him on it (didn't want kids), they raised him and now he's 20 and very well-adjusted with a lot of potential, and they are all very happy.
8.) the song "More Hearts than Mine" by Ingrid Andress
9) the song "7 Years" by Lukas Graham
10) My dad getting completely surprised and overwhelmed at his surprise b-day
11) the movie "Sully"
12) the song "Supermarket Flowers" by Ed Sheeran
13) newspaper quote about a guy on the transplant waiting list: "'One of the things that keeps me going is knowing that soon they may call me for a kidney.' He doesn't know how long his name will be on the transplant wait list, but he keeps a hospital bag under his bed to be ready."
14) newspaper quote about polio and covid vaccine historical parallels (don't know why this one got me lol): "A 1955 newspaper photo shows him becoming one of the first second graders in his school to get a vaccination shot. His future wife was a classmate who got hers that day too. 66 years later they got the covid-19 vaccination shots together."
So what's your list? You can also add stuff that *always* makes you cry every time you think of/see/hear it, that you can think of off the top of your head. That's basically how I started mine. And what are your thoughts on the tendency to cry at everything? Where are you on the spectrum? Do you think it helps with creativity and songwriting?