Happy! Happy! Break out the books, socks, and coffee mugs, it’s Father’s Day 2016! Just in time for Father’s Day we stumbled upon a new favorite podcast, Dad Rock, and we immediately borrowed a page from their latest episode by asking you to name the song that most reminds you of your dad. We’ll use some of your responses in an upcoming episode of GovLove about working fathers in local government.
Submissions for Dad Rock
Memphis or Maybelline by Chuck Berry
Submitted by Matt Yager, City of Plano, TX
Story Behind the Song: I have a lot of memories of my father driving me here, there and everywhere. There was a time where I started ragging on his musical selection, which I later discovered was actually better than my own. One of the first things I remember purchasing for him for father’s day that he actually enjoyed was a Chuck Berry greatest hits cassette. And hey, Maybelline is probably Churck Berry’s best driving song.
Fanfare For The Common Man by Aaron Copeland
Submitted by David Donaldson, City of Beaverton, OR
Story Behind the Song: My father listened only to classical music and he thought Copeland was the greatest American composer. Along with Appalachian Spring this was his favorite. He would turn it up and it would take you to another place
El Paso by Marty Robbins
Submitted by Sarah Medary, City of Eugene, OR
Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter by Herman’s Hermit
Submitted by Shelby Teufel, City of Pleasant Hill, MO
Anything Songs by Herb Albert & the Tijuana Brass
Submitted by Carol Krager, City of Tigard, OR
Summer Breeze by Seals & Croft
Submitted by Cristen Nussman Wood, City of Pearland, TX
Centerfield by John Fogerty
Submitted by Kirsten Wyatt, ELGL Executive Director
Story Behind the Song: My tendency to listen to albums on repeat until the entire family is totally over them comes from my dad. Growing up, we’d listen to the same records – then tapes – for months until every song was memorized by everyone. One such album, “Centerfield,” was on repeat for months in our car. For a long time, my sister and I thought the lyrics, “put me in coach,” referenced Cinderella’s magical coach for the ball and my dad had to explain that it was actually about baseball. In addition to John Fogerty, we wore out the Bruce Springsteen box set, Paul Simon’s “Graceland,” and strangely (and sadly) the Milli Vanilli tape.
Old Man by Neil Young
Submitted by Randy Ealy, City of Beaverton, OR
Big Bear (from Super Troopers) by Steak
Submitted by T.L Cox, Springsted Incorporated
You Got It by Roy Orbison
Submitted by Kent Wyatt, ELGL Co-Founder
There You’ll Be by Faith Hill
Submitted by Jamie Ludovic, Washington County, WI
Sharp-Dressed Man by ZZ Top
Submitted by Center for Priority Based Budgeting
Meanwhile, check out these ELGL articles that touch on the special bonding between father and child.