Your Dad’s Music


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I can remember growing up listening to Motown.  Everything from the Jackson Five (don’t laugh, I still have them in my iTunes) to Smokey and Marvin Gaye.  Sunday mornings, I’d be woken up by the smell of coffee and cooking bacon, accompanied by the crackle and pop of the needle on the record.  We’d eat breakfast, then start housecleaning or yardwork while mom threw open the windows, even if it was a little chilly.

Michael (non-wierd Michael that is) would be asking for one more chance, or Marvin would be hearing something through a grapevine and I would be slightly cold and probably cleaning a toilet.  I didn’t realize at the time that I’d remember those Sundays quite so vividly, and to this day, every time I smell Pine Sol I hear, clear as day, the sounds of Motown, complete with my father telling me how they just don’t write songs like this anymore.

I loved those mornings.  I don’t think I ever told my parents that…I think it was my duty to act like it was torture and try to get out of the house as fast as possible, but all day I’d be nodding my head to the rhythm of Smokey and the Temptations.  And when they began that way, I always had great Sundays.

I think in some ways, my father’s music was a gift to me.  My folks were never the dancing type, and my dad has the rhythm of a grapefruit.  But he has an appreciation  of good beats, groove…and soul.  This gave me the same appreciation, and moreover, the ability to eventually dance, which I still do every day.   My mom used to listen to Abba, so from her I gained an appreciation for…uh…blondes 🙂

So I wonder what my Little Bug will think of my music.  I listen to mainly electronic music, but not the standard 4×4 crap that passes for “Techno” nowadays.  99% of it is shite, but there is a whole underground sub-culture that is so good it’s beyond words.  I wonder if he’ll like Breakbeats.  Maybe he’ll be a Drum n Bass kinda guy…he already responds to Liquid Funk stuff like Grooverider and the Bachelors of Science.  And I KNOW he likes Jack Johnson, so he’s got good taste.  Will he think “Wow my dad listens to some serious CRAP.”  Or will he think back on our Sundays cleaning the house as fondly as I know I will?

I’ve been exposing him to as much variety as possible lately.  Saturday is our day to hang out, and usually, I’ve got my iTunes open just playing whatever I’m in the mood for, and watching his reactions (which are currently minimal).  So far the greatest response from him has been from “guy and a guitar” stuff like Jack Johnson or Jason Mraz…or from some pretty cutting-edge IDM glitch like Telefon Tel Aviv or Milosh.

I invite you to think back on what music your father listened to.  Was it torture or fond memories?  What did it say about who your dad was?  How did it effect you and your tastes?

And, most importantly, what do you think your kids will think of your tastes in music?

Happy Fatherhood Friday everyone!

~Colorado Dad, a.k.a Underground Wisdom

Post Author: Kyodai

12 thoughts on “Your Dad’s Music


    (May 7, 2009 - 10:56 pm)

    I hope my music will expand just as it has all my life. I’m sure we will be able to relate through music on some level.


    (May 8, 2009 - 6:06 am)

    A lot of times I would go to the early church service (7:30 am) with my Dad on Sundays. After church we would both get a donut and our beverage of choice, and drive around looking at the new houses that seemed to be going up everywhere. Anyway, my dad always listened to the local Oldies station…and it drove me nuts as a kid. But now, I find myself turning on that station and remembering the songs and ALL the words…no kidding. 🙂


    (May 8, 2009 - 6:22 am)

    I can remember being asked to change a record for the Parents…on the console TV/Radio/Record Player….and scratching it as I did, so I wouldnt have to listen to it again! I got in trouble…ALLOT!

    PJ Mullen

    (May 8, 2009 - 7:22 am)

    From the Beatles to Zeppelin to Cream, I listened to a lot of good stuff growing up. For the most part I am still there. My tastes still heavily favor the classics. They just never seem to get old to me. Also, it makes me sound like a cranky old man with some of the new alternative rock that after a while all sounds the same. I do love guys like Ben Harper and Jack Johnson, however.


    (May 8, 2009 - 8:20 am)

    What’s a record…? J/K I actually was on the end of the record period. We always had the oldies station on the radio though.

    Justin Howe

    (May 8, 2009 - 9:14 am)

    I have fond music memories, too! My dad and I would make mix tapes off of his records. We would even get out a microphone and record ourselves as DJs. His handle was Daddy Nose Drop, and I was Little Nose Drop. (Dad was kinda gross. 😉 ) I couldn’t get enough of the Thriller album, Dad also liked Lionel Ritchie, Bob Seger, Cream, Beatles, Eric Clapton, Supertramp, Huey Lewis, etc. Those were the tunes I remember when I was young. As I grew up, I started bringing home things like MC Hammer and C&C Music Factory. My dad got into the C&C! It would make me laugh watching him walk around the house singing ‘Everybody dance, now!’ He is also an artist, so when he worked there was a lot of classical and new age music being played.

    Now that I’m older, I lean toward classic rock as well as Ben Folds, Barenaked Ladies(who has a great kids’ album BTW called ‘Snacktime’), Jack Johnson, John Mayer, and on and on…

    My kids like most of my music(they don’t particularly care for Johnny Cash), as I like most of my dad’s (Hold the Ricky Nelson, though. For the love of Pete, if I had to hear ‘Teenage Idol’ one more time…)

    As you can see, music was/is a big part of my life as well. I probably should just go write my own blog post on this!

    Great post!


    (May 8, 2009 - 9:19 am)

    Music is the beat of life. There are so many things that music can do for you. I know for me there are songs that take me back to a specific memory. They act as the index to my life.

    I even try to avoid music videos so that when I hear a song I think of a time in my life rather then the music video that hollywood wants me to think of.

    Great article.


    (May 8, 2009 - 3:46 pm)

    My Dad listened to old style country and big band/hit parade music. I must say that I still have an appreciation for both. Good post.


    (May 8, 2009 - 4:33 pm)

    it was my mom who always had the music going, but i remember a song that he liked a lot back in the days of 8 tracks. it was johnny nash’s ‘i can see clearly now’

    Mocha Dad

    (May 8, 2009 - 6:46 pm)

    My mother only listened to gospel music. One day I found some of her old James Brown 45s and I was hooked.


    (May 9, 2009 - 10:52 pm)

    I too listened to a lot of motown as a kid. And a teenager. And an adult. Thanks for the memories:)

    My dad listened to mostly what is now considered “classic” jazz when I was a kid – a lot of late Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, etc. And then some Canadian folk stuff, Stan Rogers, Gordon Lightfoot, etc. And typical rock stuff, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Rush, Blood Sweat and Tears, etc. And a decent sprinkling of Motown: Al Green, Wilson Pickett, a bunch of dudes whose names I don’t remember but whose songs would be instantly familiar to me …

    I definitely went through a phase where I found my parents’ music dead lame but as a young adult going through my dad’s record collection I found myself wishing I could steal it – and probably would’ve made the (dad-sanctioned) attempt if I had thought I could safely get it through customs & import it to the US without risking breaking all the LPs. He has some great stuff!

    I couldn’t tell you what it says about who my dad was, other than that he listened to a lot of music (he’s a percussionist these days, hardly surprising), but I do think it affected my tastes. I remember being so baffled that other people thought jazz was too weird or too unpredictable – to me it’s comfort music!

    I’m not planning to have kids but I remember being SO AMUSED when the almost-eight-year-old we both know developed a real affinity for heavy metal at a relatively young age. Jay and I had a blast driving him on the highway, The Darkness cranked on the car stereo, and all three of us singing along…. It’s really cool watching kids interact with music.


    (June 1, 2009 - 7:55 pm)

    Great post! Just wanted to let you know you have a new subscriber- me!

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