Updated: Jan 11
Music is interesting in that we connect it to memories, emotions and people. I have lots of playlists, but one named "Dad's Music" is my go to when I want a cross section of music genres. I will listen to it in my car, on my laptop while typing (right now), via our Amazon Echo, etc. Since most songs on it have a connection to my personal history, I thought it would be fun to share it along with a simple explanation of each. While it is only a couple hundred songs that is still a lot of typing for one day so I am breaking it into installments. Please note I grew up listening exclusively to Country Music and my family allowed little else. As such I have a weird timeline of exposure to 20th century music.
If you have Amazon Music and want to listen to this playlist you can find it here.
9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
As a child I watched the movie that corresponds to this song with my grandma and I think more than anything I associate it with that moment. I do admit to liking Dolly as a person and racial undertones aside get a kick out of her Dixie Stampede.
99 Red Balloons by Goldfinger
Somehow I had not heard this song until my late 20s and a person I really respect recommended it. Karen and I both started at the company on the same day and had a lot of bonding moments together as we came up through the ranks.
Africa by Toto
I cannot resist singing this son when it comes on. Furthermore I am highly entertained by the art exhibit of it playing down in Africa.
Against The Wind by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Many of these songs are classic loved by many so I don't think I have to sell this one much. I did introduce my wife to it very recently and her love of it reaffirms my taste in music (at least here).
All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
Catchy, outrageous and irresistible.
All My Ex's Live In Texas by George Strait
Songs from my country phase have a special place in my heart. For the record all my ex's live in Raymore.
American Pie by Don McLean
So this is like the best song ever made right? Right?! I used to butcher this song in karaoke whenever I got forced to participate.
Amish Paradise by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Don't judge but not only did I learn of Weird Al much later than the rest of the world but I heard many of his versions before the originals. The video for this one is awesome!
Another One Bites The Dust by Queen
One of my earlier records was of Queen, later in life when I could afford to buy my own music the very first CD I ever got was Queen's greatest hits.
Baby Likes To Rock It by The Tractors
This song was so catch and successful that they made what seemed like a dozen weird versions of it and that chord progression worked for all of them!