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62 Songs for my Dad on his 62nd

Posted by teibs On May - 19 - 2009

deanMy dad turned 62 today. Lately, he’s been designating birthday years to sports numbers. Last year he was 61,* for Maris’ home runs. This year he’s 62, which means he’s Jim Langer, Hall of Fame center for our Miami Dolphins.

My dad likes comparing everything to sports and I like comparing everything to music, so for his 62nd I’m dedicating 62 songs to him.

62. The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” Before I was even born, my dad took me to a Beach Boys concert. I was in the womb, so it probably just sounded like, well, good vibrations to me.

61. The Beatles “Carry That Weight” I was driving home tonight and listening to a live Paul album and couldn’t get away from this lyric: “Out of college, money spent, see no future, pay no rent, all the money’s gone nowhere to go. And oh, that magic feeling, no where to go.” More than anything, it made me miss the comfort of living at home.

60. Ray Charles “Hit The Road, Jack” The first concert I actually remember was a Ray show at Ravinia. I chose this song because it’s also the song they play at Bulls games when an opposing player fouls out.

59. Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone” See: Reasons for song 61.

58. Cake “Rock ‘n’ Roll Lifestyle” The song wonders “How you afford your Rock ‘n’ Roll Lifestyle” and chalks it up to your parents paying for it. I know how I afforded a year of the lifestyle. Living at home with pops.

57. The Supremes “You Can’t Hurry Love” My dad’s a Motown man all the way. It doesn’t get much better than this one.

56. Frank Zappa “Muffin Man” I was listening to this one with my dad a couple years ago when I was at the height of my Zappa obsessiveness and afterwards he said, “You know, I forgot how much I really used to like Zappa.” Amen.

55. Brewer and Shipley “One Toke Over the Line” Somehow I had never heard this song until a few months ago when driving around with my dad and listening to the 10-CD Time Life Flower Power Generation set he bought. Good stuff.

54. No Doubt “Don’t Speak” I don’t think my dad would know this song if he heard it, but he recently made a shockingly appropriate Gwen Stefani joke. I made an illegal left turn at one of those intersections where they photograph you and my dad’s reaction after seeing the photos was “Gwen Stefani.” What he meant by that was that there was “no doubt” I was guilty. Well played.

53. Hootie and the Blowfish “I Only Wanna Be With You” This song actually kinda sucks, but Dan Marino’s in the video, so it’s good enough for the #53 spot.

52-23 The Beatles The White Album Yeah, I had to cheat a little and put the whole double album on here, but my dad attests it’s his favorite Beatles album and why not? It’s just stuffed with goodies.

22. Cookie Monster “C is for Cookie” My dad got me into Sesame Street way early. I was always drawn to Cookie Monster, who puts it best: “C is for Cookie. That’s good enough for me.”

21. Will Ferrell “Goodbye, Dan Marino” I didn’t even know this existed until tonight. Worth the minute and a half.

20. Jackson 5 “ABC” My dad is quite proud that not only did the Jackson 5 come to play for his frat, but they turned them down when deciding to have back the next year.

19. Adam Sandler “Billy passed the 3rd grade” My dad and I always bonded over Adam Sandler and Billy Madison in particular. Not sure if I got a rock band to play when I passed third grade, but I probably got some baseball cards.

18. Terry Cashman  “Talkin’ Softball” The Simpsons version of the baseball song my dad adores.

17. MC Hammer 2 Legit 2 Quit” Would you believe my dad actually knew the hand motions to this song? Yup, he’s that cool.

16. The 1985 Chicago Bears “Super Bowl Shuffle” Even before I could form sentences, my dad had me watching the ’85 Bears and bopping around doing my own version of the Super Bowl Shuffle.

15. The Temptations “My Girl” Gotta fill this mix out with some classic Motown.

14. Terry Cashman “Opening Day” What’s better than Opening Day? an interview with Terry Cashman I think you’d enjoy.

13. Miami Dolphins score song– “We’re in the air, we’re on the ground, we’re always control. And when you say Miami, you’re talking Super Bowl.” This one had to be #13.

12. The Rolling Stones “Satisfaction” I remember driving with my parents on Memorial Day Weekend listening to the Oldies 104.3’s Top 500 countdown. As soon as the opening strum of “Satisfaction” came on, putting the song at around 95 on the countdown, my dad groaned, knowing “Satisfaction” was getting robbed.

11. Adam Sandler “Channukah Song” It may be possible that my dad likes this song even more than me. “Here’s a list of people who are Jewish, just like you and me…”

10. “That Hebrew song you sing at the end of the service that has “You Shmo” in it” If you’re Jewish, you know what I’m talking about. You had someone first sing the ending lyric as “You Shmo” to you and it was the funniest thing you ever heard. My dad clued me into that one.

9. Unknown “Zachary birthday song” I don’t really know the origins of this tape, but I had a casette tape that played a bizarre birthday song with my name in it. I’d only play it at my birthday parties and dance around to it as my dad manned the video recorder and asked me how old I was, who my teachers, friends and favorite baseball players were.

8. Terry Cashman “Cooperstown” He really can’t get enough Cashman.

7. AC/DC “TNT” My dad and I have a fantasy baseball league team (3-time champion) named TNT. If it was up to me, we’d come into every draft playing this song on a boombox. 

6. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” on Motown at 25. My dad brings this moment up quite often. He absolutely loved when MJ busted out the Moon Walk for the first time and in case his copy of it on VHS was ruined in a flood, you can watch it again.

5. Neil Young “Old Man” I texted my dad the lyrics to this one from Jazz Fest. “Old man take a look at my life, I’m a lot like you. I need someone to love me the whole day through…24 and there’s so much more…”

4. Steve Goodman “Go Cubs Go” I know you’ve converted to the Rays, but you raised me a Cubs fan and you just can’t switch over night. Also, we both know that when the Cubs finally do win, you’ll be singing this with everoyone else.

3. Terry Cashman “Talkin’ Baseball” My dad played this over and over as we drove into the Baseball Hall of Fame to psych himself up. The only other time I’ve seen him more excited is walking into the World Series game in Tampa.

2. Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” Apparently this song was the only thing that could get me to fall asleep when I was a baby so my dad sang it like there’s no tomorrow. I still yawn when I hear it. Here’s Haray doing it.

1. Dean Martin “That’s Amore” My dad sings and performs this song better than Dean ever did. I don’t know how, but he does. It’s his dice move. It’s really all he’s got. But when you’ve got this song in your repetoire, you pretty much have to pull it out every night at bed time. Much like my short-lived career with Bang Camaro, it’s all about the performance. His eyes get big for “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie” and he makes that Italian finger kissing gesture during “that’s amore.” It’s not often that you hear this song randomly, but it always brings a big smile to my face.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

2 Responses

  1. shore Said,

    Happy birthday!!!

    Posted on May 19th, 2009 at 9:30 am

  2. Torrey Said,

    Z- this is awesome. Happy Birthday, Uncle Brud!

    Posted on May 20th, 2009 at 9:46 am

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