Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fathers and Sons

One of our sons, standing with his dad in Tahoe.

These two are great friends, and my husband is a great dad––
to ALL THREE of his sons. (And his daughter, too.)

Thought you might enjoy listening to some good music about fathers and their sons. Here is a handy-dandy key to help you decide which selections to click. (REMEMBER TO REACH OVER TO THE RIGHT SIDEBAR, SCROLL DOWN, AND TURN OFF MY BLOG PLAYLIST!)

1. Nostalgia piece from that old TV standard, "The Courtship of Eddie's Father."
2. Funny and touching, semi-rappish song written by Will Smith to his boy. The son pictured above made a CD for his dad once, and this was the opening tune.
3. My husband's favorite song ever, and he paid attention to the message.
4. One of MY favorite songs ever. Do yourself a favor and listen to this live, acoustic version.
5. Another one by Neil Young, who has lots of feelings about dads and their boys.
6. A child's voice, singing a special song to Daddy.
7. Cat Stevens. Pretty much of a masterpiece about the father-son relationship and the weight of parental expectations.
8. A poignant melody by the smoothest R&B singer ever, who fondly remembers being pulled into his dad's arms as a child to "dance."
9. This one lifts and waves the white flag of truce and does a great job of it.
10. Another soulful blast from the past about loving and respecting a good father.
11 & 12. A couple of sentimental country crooners singing about their dads.
13. Solid evidence that rappers love their dads, too.

Have fun, my friends, and don't forget to grab the kleenex! By the way, today was my own dad's birthday. Since he's no longer with us, I think I'll do the honors right here. Happy birthday, Dad. =)

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Kelly Lund and Kids said...

Happy Birthday to your dad! Love your post! Love your blog :) Love ya Sue!
Happy Tuesday!

Grandma Honey said...

Oh yes, Cats and the Cradle. A favorite here too.

I don't think we ever recover from losing a parent. I know I haven't.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Happy birthday to your dad. Nice shot.

Jackie said...

Thanks for the stellar playlist, and the lovely shout-out. Both made my day.

Jessica said...

Happy Bday to your dad. (hugs) Great post, love the songs!

Roger and LeAnn said...

This brought back memories of my own father. It's hard some days; because I miss him very much. Thanks for sharing the music; it was sweet.
Blessings to you! LeAnn

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday! Nice picture.

Katie said...

That is such a sweet post! :)

Cherie said...

I have always loved The Best Friend song from Courtship of Eddies Father.
Boys who have good dads are so lucky!!!
Great picture of you husband and son :-D

Darlene said...

Enjoyed the songs. Your kids are very fortunate children, because not all dads spend as much time with their kids as Dave does with yours. I think it is wonderful that he realizes how truly important this is. They all have a special relationship with their dad, all four of them. I love their interaction....it is amazing to see. Nice too that you could pay tribute to your dad on this day. He would have been 88 today had he lived.

Donna said...

Thanks for taking me back....
The pic was so nice of two rugged guys in a beautiful part of the US that is on my bucket list to see someday! I lost both my parents in the last 5 years....I miss my mom every day, and dad, too. Life is more tender in many ways.... Happy Birthday to your dad!!

leigh said...

This is such a touching post.

Kassie said...

Great picture!

yaya said...

It warms the heart to see good Dads with their kiddos! I miss my Dad everyday. He died in 1976. Good choice of songs!

SY said...

ahhh.. unfortunately I'm a girl...

but happy bday to your dad!!

karen said...

That was a sweet little bit of time listening to those bits of music. I'm sure your dad felt your birthday wishes today. I don't think they're that far away.
I love Cats In the Cradle - so melancholy and nostalgic. It always reminds me to do things with my parents and kids NOW - while I still can.
My dad's birthday is in a few weeks. He'll be 80 so we want to do something special. He's still my daddy.

Stef said...

Oh, I will have to check out the list. Sound good!

My name is PJ. said...

This is an OUTSTANDING playlist. I own most of these on CD.

Momza said...

love the songs!!
What a splendid way to celebrate the special man-in-your-life's birthday!
And I used to love "The courtship of Eddie's Father"!

Heather said...

That was fun ;)

Jess said...

Oh those primary kids singing the daddy song always gets me- what lucky kids you have.

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