Sunday, January 8, 2012

Teaching the Oldies Is Part of Parenting

Parenting skills and approaches are all over the map. Especially with Dads.  Dads tend to have quirks in my experience.  AVI is fond of proclaiming that it is a father’s duty to embarrass his kids, for instance.  Me, I decided that my two daughters needed indoctrination in oldies music when they were growing up.  So I gave them liberal doses of late 50s/early 60s doo-wop, mid to late 60s Beach Boys, and of course those 60’s and 70s novelty songs (classics!).

Did they thank me at the time this indoctrination was going on? Noooo!  But now my grown daughters amaze their husbands and in-laws with their vast knowledge of oldies that were popular decades before they were born. And if they ever get the opportunity to appear on one of those TV quiz shows and the topic is oldies, well then, winnings in the millions is in the realm of possibilities. They can thank me with a portion of their jackpot.

Here is one song I’m very fond of and still play today. But I’m not sure my daughters have personally thanked me for this gem yet.  Billy Preston was a talented musician and performer in his own right (“Will It Go Round in Circles?,” “Nothing from Nothing”). He met the Beatles in 1962 and it’s been reported that John Lennon wanted him to join as the Fifth Beatle. While that did not happen, he played a role for them as a key studio musician and shined at George Harrison’s Bangladesh concert in 1971. Preston passed away in 2006.

1 comment:

Erin said...

With few exceptions (Donna Summers comes to mind), I embraced your quirky taste in music and still have a much more eclectic collection than most people my age. Listening to funny songs on tape or cool songs on records is still one of my favorite childhood memories of us. Hoping to continue the trend with Andrew by playing a healthy dose of Sgt. Pepper & Pet Sounds for him (with my own oddities such as Five Iron Frenzy's "Rhubarb Pie" thrown in as well).

Song link is broken, by the way. Curious to know which song you're talking about.