I hope all (eight) of you are prepared for another sappy post. It’s Father’s Day and since my dad is one of the main reasons I’m such a music lover, it’s only fitting that he get a song list as a daddy’s day gift (don’t worry I got him a “real” gift too). Here are just a handful of songs that remind me of my dear dad. Thank you for everything you have done for me, Daddy! You’re the best!
1. “Jennifer Juniper” by Donovan: This is the song I was named for. (No my middle name is not Juniper.) Dad was campaigning for Feather but they settled on this. We got to dance to it at a big party I had almost 4 years ago, it was one of the best moments of my life, especially since my dad’s signature dance move is something we call “Punching The Midget.” The song is quintessential hippie magic from the 60′s with whimsical lyrics and Donovan’s delicate vocals and acoustic strumming.
2. “Creep” by Radiohead: One of my dad’s favorite bands is Radiohead. I’m simply not that cool. But this song holds a special place in my heart because we got to perform it together at my cousin’s middle school rock-a-thon when I was about 23 years old (true story: someone asked what grade I was in… implying I went to the school.)
3. “Birthday” by The Beatles: Every year growing up my dad would play certain songs on my birthday. The most memorable are “Jennifer Juniper” (of course) and this one. I grew to love The Beatles’ music as I got older and always having this corny, up tempo song playing on my day made it extra special.
4. “Alright” by Supergrass: One of the best things about music is how much there is out there and how easy it is to find these days. My dad beats me to the punch on some groups, this being one of them. This peppy tune is the one I’m most familiar with, but dad’s a pretty die-hard fan. Even took mom on an adventure to the Viper Room in L.A. to see the blokes rock out. (Again, I’m so not cool enough.)
5. “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash: While I did inherit a love of music, any actual ability to play was lost on me. My dad on the other hand plays a bunch of different instruments, reads and writes music and has an impressive singing voice. This is one of my favorite tunes he’s done on karaoke.
6. “Where Did All The Good Times Go?” by Dick and Dee Dee: My dad loves him some YouTube. This is one of the more interesting clips he sent me. At a minute and a half shit gets real good with un-synchronized dancing and Dee Dee on a hobby horse. Thanks dad.
7. “Imagine” by John Lennon: This song reminds me of all the great music my dad has introduced me to. And the philosophy behind the song echoes the way my dad raised me. To dream big and to work towards a world where all people are treated the same despite our differences. A beautiful song and sentiment, in my opinion.
8. “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young: In one of the stranger pairings of fate and magic Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie came to San Diego in concert during a rather difficult time in my life. The show sort of offered something for the whole family. I came for DCFC but the best part was that I got to experience Young’s power in a live setting and really appreciate the influence he’s had on a wide variety of music. Being exposed to so many great artists is something I give my dad (and mom) a lot of credit for.
9. “Man on the Moon” by R.E.M: My first concert was R.E.M. at the Sports Arena circa ’95. Being with my parents makes this memory just that much better. And R.E.M. is awesome. This song is one of my favorites with its thoughtful lyrics and, always wonderful, guitar riffs.
10. “My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison: Dad’s favorite Beatle was Harrison and this is just one of his incredible songs. Sweet and gentle like George himself, and my pops.
11. “Oh, L’Amour” by Erasure: This one reminds me of a story my dad tells (one of many) about my mom turning on Erasure when my dad and his roofing buddy wanted to listen to something a little more… manly? It cracks me up and is another reminder of the wide variety of tunes we listened to growing up. And that the constants in our home have always been music and laughter. Wonderful gifts to be given.