Musical Memories of Dad

Kayla: Father’s Day weekend is here, and many of us are taking time to say “thank you” to the guy who showed us so much about life. If your dad is anything like mine, he’s a huge music lover. I remember sitting on the couch with Dad, watching Pop Up Video on VH1 for hours, singing along to “Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt, and “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey.

RHCPMy dad tells a funny story about the first time I ever spoke a “complete sentence” in front of him. He said we were in our usual couch spot, watching Pop Up Video, when I turned to him and said, “Maybe the Wed Hot Chiwi Peppews will come on!”. (I’m from Wisconsin, but for some reason I spoke with a weird New-York-sounding accent when I was little.) My Dad said that he was so surprised and amazed to hear my first real phrase be about RHCP.

A lot of us have musical memories like these, whether your dad likes classic rock, funk, or classical composers. I asked the Murfie staff to share some musical memories they have of their dads, along with particular albums that come to mind. I hope you enjoy!

Beach BoysJohn: “Any album by The Beach Boys reminds me of my pops. I remember the ride home from daycare when I was little always seemed to include a Beach Boys tape. A lot of those songs are on Endless Summer.”

Blood, Sweat & TearsJeff:Blood, Sweat & Tears is one of my dad’s favorite bands and he plays them all the time. I don’t know if I’ve ever met anyone else who likes this band.”

Prime PrineAndrew: “This CD [Prime Prine] never left my Dad’s ’94 Plymouth Voyager. It was a staple on all of our family vacations.”

Jagged Little PillSteve: “My dad use to listen to Jagged Little Pill in the car when we lived in Oregon in ~96′. He would turn down the music when she drops F-bombs to protect my young and impressionable ears”

Kingston TrioMarc: “There was very little music in my house growing up. Radio was almost always talk stations with NPR classical in the car on Sunday mornings. However, I do remember many car rides back from Sunday church with The Kingston Trio in the tape deck, and, with the amazing technology of bi-directional tape decks, on infinite repeat.”

Car and DriverJason: “My parents almost always had music on in the car, and on Sundays they would play ‘oldies’ on 101.5 FM in Madison for a few hours in the morning (this was before the 24/7 Oldies stations). My dad was in a band in the 60’s and was into a wide-range of music from that era, but this album [Car & Driver] has a lot of his favorites.”

Richard ThompsonMatt W: “My father was very particular about the music we had playing in the car when we went to see relatives. Depending on the relative we were visiting it would either be Richard Thompson or Wagner.”

James: “It was Pop’s duty to clean the house every Saturday while Mom worked; he needed to look after us kids as well, but he never really considered that a chore. Two things would usually accompany his cleaning: records and a cocktail. The drink was usually either a 7&7 or a CC&7, and while the records would rotate through whatever Colombia House had sent that month, he would always find his way back to AbraxasAbraxas or Steppenwolf Live. Whenever I hear ‘Oye Como Va’ or ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ it brings me right back to those golden Saturdays – and I am reminded of MY first drink, as a 5 or 6 year old. I had just come in from playing outside, parched, and saw his cocktail on the kitchen table. I mistook it for an inexplicably unattended, but probably refreshing, lemon-lime soda; the condensation glistening in the soft Steppenwolf Liveafternoon light, taunting my thirst, begging me gulp some down. Now, Pop was watching from around the corner as all this was happening, and as witness he loved to tell this story. At that point in the tale he would pantomime my reaction (sometimes with an added spit take for the extra funny) and double over in uproarious laughter – he said he could never forget the look of disgust and shock on my face after I lowered the glass from my lips, but unfortunately he could never remember whether it was a 7&7 or a CC&7.”

LegendPete: “My Dad loved music, and Frank Sinatra was without doubt his favorite artist of all time. I remember as a kid sitting for hours with my older brother flicking through his vinyl record collection—he had a lot of Beatles 45 EP’s too. One album I remember him asking us to buy him for his birthday during the mid 80’s was Legend. Whenever I hear the song ‘One Love’ or see this album sleeve, it always reminds me of my Dad.”

Chet BakerLena: “My dad consistently listened to show High Standards with Jonathan Schwartz and the Real Jazz channel on Sirius. Just hearing the name Wynton Marsalis reminds me of him. I think my dad has a soft spot for Chet Baker, and so do I—it’s hard not to once you start listening.”

Smash MouthLeah: “My dad has always been a blast to drive around with, since he loves to play all sorts of music at full volume in his car. During my childhood, his picks centered on rockers like ZZ Top, Spin Doctors, and Nirvana, but as I aged, his tastes progressed to everything from Rage Against the Machine, to The Used (yes, really), to The Shins, to a fantastic Argentine accordian player named Chango Spasiuk. However, the fact that my dad will to this day still randomly chant that main distorted guitar riff from Smash Mouth‘s ‘Walkin’ on the Sun’ (‘ehh-EH-eh-EH-EH’) made this an easy choice amongst all of his favorites for jammin’ out.”

Happy Father’s Day from the Murfie crew! :-)

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!”

Tom Cochrane –Mad Mad World112-large
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.

Peter Gabriel – So601-large
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!