It's Fathers day today in Australia! Most dads are getting presents and being taken out for the day, but my dad and I live quite a distance away (Sydney - Alice Springs) so I wont get do very much with him. We did get to spend the day with my boyfriends dad and the family so there were some fatherly things happening still.
So as a small tribute to my dad, I bring to you - A dive into my dads record crate
One of the best things I think I inherited from my dad (other than my height) is his love of good music.
When we were kids watching TV on the weekend my dad would walk into the lounge room, turn off the TV and put on a record or a CD of his own. As kids this would piss us off cause we'd have to go find something else to do, but now that I'm grown up I'm glad he did it. (Apparently it was in an effort to give us a good musical education and also so he could just listen to his own stuff)
The main things I remember him playing were Pink Floyd (Meddle I remember clearest) The Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Taj Mahal and a little Tchaikovsky. A mix of prog rock, blues country and classical.
There was a weird period where all he played on long car trips or at friends houses was Kenny G or Amway motivational sales tapes, which played things like Eye of the tiger mixed in with over-excited laundry soap salesmens speeches. I think the weird amount of motivational music and speeches from those tapes gave me the creeps for high-fiving sales type things. Even to this day at work when our sales team wins a bid and rings their bell, everyone else cheers while I cringe and clap slowly
But back to my dads good taste in music - I remember the day I found Black Sabbath Vol 4 in his record collection and thinking "ok my dad the Amway lover used to be cool once!"
I supposed its the job of dads to be daggy and embarrassing though?
He also use to play Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells and on a more child friendly level I remember him playing us kids Peter and the Wolf
Its a bit long, but skip to 14:20 if you like
This is only the march - the whole recording is also available on Youtube
I really like that record and when I found it at the Opp shop a few years ago I made sure to buy it. I highly recommend that record for kids as it teaches them to recognize different parts of the orchestra and the part each of them play in making a whole sound.
When I was born, my dad was on his way to work and to celebrate he called the radio and requested Axiom's Little Ray of Sunshine "'for Catherine, who is just 30 mins old'
That song gets me every time and I'm sure lots of dads and daughters share the same song.
My dads love of Pink Floyd started before he bought his first record of theirs. He began with Dark Side of the Moon and then went back and forward completing their collection over the years. Even now he has some bootleg recordings that he likes to try to make me jealous with... I'll get them off you one day Dad!
I'm quite proud of my dads music collection. Music is very important to me now as a grown up - I wonder what my musical tastes would be like without all the early introductions?
So thanks dad for being my daddy and introducing me to lots of very cool (and lame) music! xoxo