Wednesday, February 13, 2008

daddy's little girl

Today marks the third anniversary of my father's passing. And since he was the person who taught me to love music, I thought it might be appropriate to post some songs. They are not hip. At all. Which is why they are awesome.

My earliest childhood memories involve my father at the piano playing Joplin (Scott, not Janis; she came later) and me dancing like only a three-year-old can. When I was a teenager, it was all about the classic rock – us discussing how thoroughly Stephen Stills beats Neil Young's guitar-playing butt in their duel of a song "Bluebird"; "American Pie" sing-a-longs every Friday night when friends and family would come over for pizza; him wailing, "The more I think about it, old Billy was right / Let's kill all the lawyers, kill 'em tonight" along with Don Henley with so much venom no one would believe he'd never been involved in a lawsuit; telling stories of dropping acid on the way to a Tubes concert in the 70s and having it kick in on the 405 halfway to the venue; watching a slew of age-inappropriate movies like Tommy and Woodstock and Harold & Maude.

Needless to say, mine was not a normal childhood. And to think, you haven't even heard about my father's spaghetti ice cream or the Shaving Cream Conundrum yet....

mp3: "Maple Leaf Rag" by Scott Joplin (performed by Bryan Wright)
mp3: "Bluebird" by Buffalo Springfield
mp3: "American Pie (live)" by Don McLean
mp3: "Get Over It (live)" by the Eagles
mp3: "What Do You Want from Life (live)" by the Tubes
mp3: "Eyesight to the Blind (live)" by the Who from Tommy
mp3: "You've Got a Friend (live)" by Carole King


Anonymous said...

Michelle, this made my day.
I keep listening to "The Entertainer" and "Maple Leaf Rag" on my iPod.
I... I don't really know what to say here.

Suesjoy said...

Oh amazing post, Michelle.
Take care my dear!

Adrian said...

Scott Joplin is amazing. ALL his work is. I love it when I see his work on blogs etc.

Your father seemed amazing as well. Its great you're left with such good memories with him.

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