Music for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is right around the corner (Sunday, June 16th to be exact)! It’s a great opportunity to celebrate Dads and father figures everywhere. As the holiday approaches, we asked our Murfie staffers what music reminds them of their Dad, and we got some great stories of course!

48778-largeJohn Williams – The Star Wars Trilogy
John: “Luke, I am your father.”
“Noooooooo!”

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Tyler: I remember rocking out to “Life is a Highway” with my dad as a young kid. Good times!

 

24385-largeStyx – Paradise Theater
Tiffany: This is the only band I can remember my dad expressing an interest in. I think he appreciated the irony in the song “Too Much Time on My Hands”.

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Steve: I have so many memories of driving with my dad and him listening to this album. Except he always skipped over “Whole Lotta Love” because he really didn’t like that song. Hearing any other track on this album reminds me of my dad.

1178-largeDire Straights – Brothers in Arms
Jeff: One of two albums my dad always had in his car, and our soundtrack on the way to watch him play softball with his coworkers.

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Jeff: The other permanent fixture of his ride, So still reminds me of his Pontiac 6000 and the mid 1980’s.

3327-largeSpin Doctors – Pocket Full of Kryptonite
Leah: Instantly jets me back to the good ol’ days of cruisin’ around in my dad’s green ’92 Cadillac Seville – he’d blast this album on The Caddy’s fantastic speakers and we’d all jam out!

Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman / The Beatles – 1967 to 1970 (Disc 1, Disc 2)4831-large
Daniella: Some of my favorite memories as a kid were of Papa playing his Ovation guitar, especially out of a Cat Stevens songbook and a Beatles songbook. Once we had a race to see who could sing “The Ballad of John and Yoko” the fastest. I think he let me win.

21077-largeBee Gees – Their Greatest Hits: The Record (Disc 1, Disc 2)
Matt: My mom was around the house a lot more than my dad while growing up, so she usually was in control of what was playing on the radio or stereo. On the rare occasion my dad got to choose what to listen to, it was either the Beach Boys or the Bee Gees all the way.

The Grateful Dead – Dick’s Picks, Vol. 18: Dane County Coliseum, Disc 119565-large
Jim: Anything from these Grateful Dead ‘Dick’s Picks’ live albums brings back instant memories of growing up with my dad. I went home a week ago and he was still showing me Youtube videos of a concert he was at in 1978, he’s obsessed. This album has that show on it, so I felt it was a good fit!

4851-largePink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
Kayla: No album reminds me of my Dad more than this one. He listened to this all the time in his car when I was a kid. During the song “On the Run”, he would turn up the volume and say “Now imagine all these guys driving around in little space ships, instead of cars…” – seriously!

Happy Father’s Day from the Murfie team!

 

Music for Mother’s Day

Tomorrow marks the date when folks can celebrate the one who brought them into this world, or whoever they consider “Mama”! For this Mother’s Day 2013, we asked our Murfie staffers what music reminds them of their mother, and we got some great stories along with their picks!

200435-largeTales of Mystery and Imagination – The Alan Parsons Project
Tiffany: My mom has something like 700 vinyl records, so needless to say, I have a lot of memories of my mom and her long-abiding love of rock and roll. But, this one…when I was a little kid and couldn’t sleep, I would ask my mom to play the second side of this album, which is a musical interpretation of Edgar Allen Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher.282907-large

Purple Rain – Prince & the Revolution
John: This album (on vinyl, of course) was the first gift my dad gave my mom when they first started dating.  She must have liked it (or my dad, I guess), because 25+ years later, they’re still together with three goofy kids.

6836-largeSpice – Spice Girls
Toni: This disc was on heavy rotation for me as a kid. The track “Mama” says it all.21613-large

Ultimate Manilow – Barry Manilow
Matt: An all-time favorite of my mom, I learned to recognize Manilow’s distinctive voice on her 8-tracks at a very early age. And, I still occasionally enjoy rocking out to “Copacabana”.

f2002ccc-a455-11e1-bda3-12313d2a0897“Mother” – Glenn Danzig
Jeff: No doubt Glenn Danzig has probably had a rocky relationship with his own Mom, as he was one of the original Goth/Punk/Metal kids, and probably kind of a pain as a teenager. But he has his hit 1988 song “Mother” to thank for being the household name he is today, and the brooding idol of anyone who’s ever gelled their hair into a single horn down the front of their face.MI0003312098

Organ Duets – Charles Harrison
Glynnis: Whenever I need any music that says “mom”, my go-to is organ music! My mom’s a professional organist, and I grew up playing among the pipes of church sanctuaries with my sister while my mother practiced. I can hardly hear any organ piece—particularly Bach—without thinking immediately of Mom.

63108-large“Walking After Midnight” – Patsy Cline
Emma: Every morning before school, my mom would pile us into the car and we would go for a drive. We lived in Alaska, so we’d usually drive to a scenic point overlooking Denali (Mount McKinley). Yeah, the view was pretty and all, but the most memorable part of these trips was the same mixed tape (recorded from NPR I’m pretty sure) of six classic Patsy Cline songs. Whenever “Walking After Midnight” came on, we’d all belt it at the top of our lungs.14021-large

Home for Christmas – Amy Grant
Steve: I can’t count how many times my mom listened to Amy Grant during Christmas!

72315-large“Summer Wind” – Frank Sinatra
Pete: This song always makes me think of my mom (or mum as we say in England) as it reminds me of my wedding day. I danced with her to this at the reception. It was also my parents’ first visit to the USA, and they were always playing Frank around the house back in England when I was growing up.220-large

Songs You Know By Heart – Jimmy Buffett
Kayla: 
When I was a kid, my mom listened to this Jimmy Buffett album in our car all the time, and I made fun of her for it. Now that I’m older, Jimmy Buffett has totally grown on me, and I absolutely LOVE all his stuff! My mom and I even went to see him at Alpine Valley these past two summers, and we had so much fun :-)

Happy Mother’s Day weekend from Murfie!

Happy Earth Day 2013!

Happy Earth day to all our fellow Earth citizens! Today is the perfect day to pick out some tunes that deepen our appreciation for this great blue/green planet.

What music inspires you to think about nature? What music ignites your environmental activist flame? What music makes you think of flowing waters, fields of flowers, and happy squirrels?

Here’s what our Murfie staffers have to say!

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Steel PulseAfrican Holocaust
Kayla: The song “Global Warning” is a smash hit. It points out the harsh reality that a lot of environmental problems are created by humans. But it is hopeful, calling us towards a common goal to re-arrange.

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Earth – Pentastar: In the Style of Demons
Jeff: A wall of slow, crushing sludge-rock from the forefathers of doom. How could this album not make you think about the Earth, especially its immense size, and how it would feel if it rolled over you?

1dbb9dc8-e007-11e1-af0b-12313d184814Ani DiFrancoRed Letter Year
Noah: The song “The Atom” is almost a hymn, calling for taking care of the Earth and disparaging the use of nature to destroy.

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R.E.M.Green
Matt: Look at the title and cover. Need I say more?

MI0000392903Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtrack
Matt: Best experienced while sailing on a windy night, listening to this soundtrack really puts me in the groove of the ocean.

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Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
Glynnis: “Green Arrow” has always perfectly encapsulated a lazy, aimless summer evening for me. Follow it up with “Autumn Sweater”, and you’ve got me longing for all my favorite kinds of weather, ready to go outside and enjoy a nice evening breeze.

e1d4cafe-85cb-11e1-9f65-1231381d530bBen Sollee 
RJ: My pick for Earth Day is any album by Ben Sollee. The reason I picked this wonderful musician is because he travels by bicycle when he tours. You can’t get any more earthy then Ben!

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Tiffany: Bob Dylan hails from Minnesota and his music always seems to come straight from the agricultural heart of the Midwest. This album was the one that put Dylan on the map as a folk protest singer.

MI0001645112Nick Drake Fruit Tree
Pete: Fruit Tree by Nick Drake is my choice. As well as being a great song in itself, it’s also the title of a four-disc box set featuring all three of Nick Drake’s studio albums. His music always reminds me of the English countryside. 6748-large

 

Midnight OilDiesel and Dust
Preston: The track “Dreamworld” in particular makes me feel all warm and full of hope.

MI0001767347GojiraFrom Mars to Sirius
Keith: Not many people know this, but a lot of metal can be spiritual. Many of Gojira’s songs are about getting energy from the Earth and from nature. This is a great album, although it’s not for those who are new to the traditional death-metal sound.6351-large

RadioheadHail to the Thief
Henry: Stick it to the man.

We’re hoping that everyone gets a bit of sunshine today, and a chance to think about the great planet that we call home! Maybe one of these albums will become your top Earth Day pick too!