Well, it’s Father’s Day here in the U.S., and I wish all of the dads out there a great day. Here’s hoping they get and dole out enough hugs in the amount worthy of the celebration. I thought the above cartoon was a perfect selection since Spike TV has shown the complete saga, both trilogies (from Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi), all weekend for this occasion. Okay… it’s a guy thing. I promise I won’t get all sentimental. But, I do love being a pop… even if I do garner the Evil Bastard moniker from time-to-time with my kids.
Still, I have to say one of my most proudest achievements with my children is their love of music. Their beautiful faces and dispositions come by way of their mother, I merely gave them their tempers and stubbornness ;-). She-who-must-be-obeyed did instill in our descendants an appreciation for the form, harmony and expression of emotion through sound, too. My contribution was they just got some of my taste in songs.
Case in point, this is my son’s specific request when he’s in the car with his old man and the iPod he brings everywhere:
My daughter, as well, never fails to get in the act. Both of my kids have their own distinct musical appetites that come nowhere close to mine, but they do like some of their father’s. My fierce one’s pick:
And if people are worried about me since my fall the other day (something I turned over in my anniversary post), here is an update by way of a 1964 song by my all-time favorite music group. Primarily written by John Lennon, the riff-driven song remains a long-time pick of mine that even my kids admire.
Released within days of each other in the U.S. and the U.K., I Feel Fine deployed what was initially a mistake1 (audio feedback) on their part as a recording effect on the final song. The Beatles were the first to do so. As Wikipedia notes:
“Artists such as The Kinks and The Who had already used feedback live, but Lennon remained proud of the fact that the Beatles were the first group to actually put it on vinyl.”
- my kids tell me that they can pick up the swear word slip in the recording. What can I say? I’m a proud papa. ↩