There are two things we remember about March: something happens with basketball and our dad has a birthday. And, while we’re legally forbidden to put the words “March” and “Madness” next to each other for content marketing purposes, we aren’t legally forbidden to celebrate our dad’s birthday.
So, in honor of our dad, here’s a blog post that’s both dedicated to – and co-written by – our dad. We had him make this Spotify playlist showcasing all of his favorite jams, most of which are at least as dated as his jeans, and then to throw together a little track-by-track rundown explaining why he loves these tunes.
He did the playlist creation part pretty well. As for the rundown? Well, we’ll just paste it here and let you decide.
Dad’s Take on Dad’s Playlist: March Dadness
Hey, Daniel. Not sure these’ll all fit on one CD when you go to make copies for your friends, but here you go:
Maggie May – Rod Stewart
Found this one in the bin at Wal-Mart. Pretty sure it was only $5, which is a heck of a deal on a CD. Just saw a few at the Barnes & Noble and they’re asking $18.
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Another Wal-Mart bargain bin find. Back when I had the moustache, people used to say I looked like Freddie Mercury. Or Tom Selleck.
Desperado – The Eagles
Your mom and I saw the Eagles on tour in what must have been ‘77. She was pregnant with your sister. Picked up the disc at Wal-Mart a few years back.
For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield
They didn’t have this one at Wal-Mart, so had to make the trip all the way across town to Best Buy. Stopped at Applebee’s on the way home.
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby, Stills & Nash
This one’s on the Greatest Hits. You find those “best of” things on CD now and you get 11 or 12 of the hits.
Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
Some people didn’t like this guy’s voice, but your mom and I never minded it. He has a few good ones.
Heartbreaker – Pat Benatar
Me and the guys used to put this on the jukebox at O’Malleys. Got some good electric guitar, so it’s good for when you’re in a bar.
Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
Pretty sure your sister was conceived while this was playing. Pot always got your mother in the mood, lol. Hope they legalize it soon!
Rock Show – Wings
I was always a McCartney guy. Liked Wings more than I ever liked the Beatles. Besides, a rock n’ roll band shouldn’t be named after a bug. Just my two cents.
Sunshine of Your Love – Cream
Wouldn’t have put this on here if I hadn’t just found the CD in my trunk. Still in the Wal-Mart bag, too!
Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
Saw these guys do this one on an episode of Full House and picked up the cassette at Sam Goody the very next day.
The City of New Orleans – Arlo Guthrie
Not sure who this guy is. Was trying to find some Woody Guthrie to put on here, but added this on accident and not sure how to delete. Good tune, though.
Running on Empty – Jackson Browne
Had this one on 8-track. Had some Springsteen, too. Never really took off, 8-track.
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Your mother made me put this on here. By the way, she wants to know when you’re coming home.
If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out – Cat Stevens
Woulda made a good song for one of those show-ending montages on Parenthood. That’s the one with Coach in it.
American Pie – Don McLean
I guess they made this into a movie now. Maybe next time you’re home you can help me find it on the iTunes.
Carolina in My Mind – James Taylor
Saw him on the Today Show awhile back. Guy lost a lot of hair.
A Horse with No Name – America
I remember telling my parents I was off to see America. They thought I was running away.
Touch of Grey – The Grateful Dead
Convinced your mom and I to paint our first apartment grey! Of course, at the time, we thought it was red. Weird next morning, let me tell you.
Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum
No mix of my favorite tunes is complete without this gem, which I first heard on Wonder Years.
Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones
For a band named after a Bob Dylan song, they ended up making a few good records. Really enjoyed Voodoo Lounge.
Atlantic City – The Band
Your mom doesn’t let me listen to the Boss anymore – guess he’s too sexual for her. Anyway, this is a good take on one of his songs.
Cats in the Cradle – Harry Chapin
I still remember when some band all you kids liked tried to cover this song. Thought it was gonna send me to the grave early!
Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple
This one is about a boat, maybe. Never really knew, and the cashier at Wal-Mart was NO help.
Little Miss Magic – Jimmy Buffett
This guy makes records, runs a great little restaurant chain and writes novels in his spare time. You could learn a thing or two here.
So, yeah… that didn’t clarify anything, right? Eh, whatever. Listen to the songs if you want to. And wish our dad a happy birthday if you see him. He’s probably hanging out around the bargain bin at Wal-Mart.