It’s time again for Friday on My Mind a weekly post where we look at videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News. Father’s Day will be taking place this Sunday June 17th, so we’re looking at songs about Dads.
The origin of Father’s Day is actually based in Spokane, Washington. That’s right, the same city that is responsible for Bing Crosby, John Stockton, Ryan Sandberg, uh... a giant parkade, 40% of the country’s serial killers, and where I spent most of my youth gave you Father’s Day. Sonora Smart Dodd was a woman raised by her father after the passing of her mother. She rallied others behind the idea of a counterpart to Mother’s Day so as to appreciate fathers. Through Dodd’s efforts, Washington State was the first state in the US to recognize and celebrate a statewide Father’s Day on July 19th, 1910. Washington rules. Sadly, most songs about dads are written from the voices of estranged men lamenting about what their father’s did wrong. As a Dad myself who continuously strives to do right, I’m comforted that my son will hopefully write positive songs about his old man one day!
I’ll see you all this weekend at Nectar for the 2012 Father’s Day Dance Party taking place from 11am-2pm. Riz and Darek Mazzone will be spinning, there will be dancing, and kids can get their pictures taken while spinning paper records from behind a cardboard DJ photo booth. Awesome!
Until then, here are a few staples for your Father’s Day playlists:
Cat Stevens - Father and Son
When I was young my father played a lot of Cat Stevens. For most of my life I didn’t have a very close relationship with my dad and it just happens that Father and Son touches on having a strained relationship with your father. I feel pretty confident that listening to this song is equivalent to hundreds of hours of therapy. The music and lyrics have a comforting effect and the video is a reminder of just how awesome Cat Stevens was in his day. Most of modern day Brooklyn and Seattle’s Capitol Hill look like Cat Stevens in this clip.
Happy Chapin - Cat’s in the Cradle
Quite possibly one of the saddest songs ever. The lyrics for this song were actually taken from a poem written by Chapin’s wife and were originally written about the relationship between her first husband and his kids, but the sentiment provided inspiration for Chapin after the birth of his son. “Hi, I’m your son and you know what Dad? You suck.”
John Lennon - Beautiful Boy
Finally a positive Dad song. Written for his son Sean, Beautiful Boy starts with John helping Sean through a nightmare by telling him how much he loves his boy. At the end he whispers “Good night Sean, See You in the Morning”. Ringo Starr does the same at the end of Good Night which was about John’s other son Julian. This song also includes the classic Lennon line “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans”. The video appears to be home movie footage in slow motion. Or maybe they were all just moving really really slow on that particular day.
Loretta Lynn - Coal Miner’s Daughter
Was Not Was - Hello, I’m in Jail
And then there’s this...