In a recent book review in the Wall Street Journal, Joseph Epstein wrote the following, quoting Yip Harburg, the song lyricist who wrote, among other memorable songs, the lyrics to "Over the Rainbow" from "Wizard of Oz":
In the realm of cognition there are thoughts and there are feelings, but "a song," Harburg held, "makes you feel a thought." Thus it can be more powerful than either on its own.
- Joseph Epstein, Passing the Memorability Test, Wall Street journal, Dec 29, 2012.
I find this very insightful, and certainly true with myself. And after only a little more thought, I have to say that it is obvious, so perhaps not so profound if you're one of those for whom ideas cannot be simultaneously both obvious and profound. In any case I offer the following examples of thoughts that are made immensely more powerful by the feelings invoked from being put to music. I challenge you to do likewise with your own personal repertoire of songs.
Oh well, these were some random examples that came to my mind quickly for some reason. I could go on forever by just looking through my playlists. If you're looking for some good songs any of the above are worth a listen.