I’m a big music guy. Listening mostly. Can carry a tune if it’s in a limited range. No instrument skill whatsoever. But love listening. I grew up in the days when they had these things called records and albums. Big black vinyl discs that were placed on a turntable, rotated at 33 1/3 revolutions per minute (RPM), and somehow designed so that when a diamond-head needle at the end of a steel arm was laid on the rotating disc, music came out of the speakers. I know…weird. I didn’t care how it worked. I just sat in my bedroom with my latest purchase (probably a Boston, Queen, Kansas or Foreigner album) and listened to the album while reading through the inserted lyrics page. I would also observe all of the album. It was usually a piece of art. Ahhh…those were the days :). Those are good memories for me. I thought I was one of the biggest music lovers I knew until one day a friend of mine asked me, “don’t you ever lay down on the floor in between your speakers and envision where each of the band members is and imagine you are right there with them?” He topped me there. I just listened and read. Well, my love for music hasn’t changed. Maybe the genre’s I listen to have (I listen mainly to Christian contemporary and worship music with Country thrown in (sorry Matt Chandler). When it comes to music, I find myself actually listening to the words more closely, figuring that the artist spent a lot of time (well, most artists) writing these lyrics for a purpose or message they wanted to convey, share or use to influence others. My love for music transferred to my children. They all love music and all different styles and genre’s. Music is a powerful tool for bringing you to a place you were when you heard the song and eliciting memories or thoughts at a moment in your life.
Recently, I’ve noticed the words to a lot of songs that are written either from a father’s perspective or about a father’s influence (good and bad) in the songwriter’s life. There are hundreds of them I know. Growing up, Cat’s in the Cradle by Harry Chapin was one of those poignant songs about a son and a father. Given my bent toward Country music, I’ve noticed there are a lot of songs with a fatherhood theme. There’s a current song by Trace Adkins called, “Just Fishin”. It’s a great song and video. Since Darius Rucker crossed over to Country he’s had a few songs that are fatherhood fun. His “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” was a song I included on my daughter’s graduation picture slideshow DVD.
Of course there are a lot of fun songs about fathers as well. Rodney Atkins has one that all dads with daughters can relate to called “Cleaning This Gun”
Then there’s one that will break your heart. It’s an angry song about a dad who wasn’t there. ever clear’s “Father of Mine” is a heart wrenching song.
Periodically, on Monday’s because of my love for music and for being a dad, I’ll share some titles that we can listen to together. If you have any you think need to be on this list please share them or send me an email at [email protected]