17 June 2012

Dad Rock


Let's say you're somewhere between the ages of about 20 to 40. Let's say you have a dad. Let's suppose that dear old dad is a huge fan of western popular music. Then you know about DAD ROCK.

It's like some United States supreme court justice once said about pornography, you can't define it but you know it when you see it.

Same with Dad Rock. Every dad listens to some different genres, some dads are a bit older, some dads are a bit younger, but ultimately, there's a lot of overlap in the Dad Rock genre. You can't really define Dad Rock but you know it when you hear it.

I have to thank my dad for making sure that music was always around. The piano, the guitars, the oldies radio station blaring in the garage, the stacks of tapes that always accompanied us on those idyllic family road trips, the tower of CDs, the hi-fi.

And, of course, quintessential Dad Rock pumping from the speakers:
  • Eagles
  • Peter, Paul and Mary
  • John Denver (Dad loves John Denver)
  • Simon & Garfunkel
  • Neil Diamond
  • Kenny Rogers
  • The Beach Boys
  • The Beatles
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Hall & Oates
  • Michael Jackson ("Before he got... strange." ~ Dad)
  • Eric Clapton (especially that MTV Unplugged album)
  • Mid-1960s Motown
Do you find yourself thinking about your own dad and nodding your head? Yep. Dad Rock. Some of it might seem cringe-worthy now but you secretly (or not-so-secretly) listen to it and love it because it's good damn good music and it's comforting. And, well, because it's just so Dad. Happy Father's Day!
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