Tunesday Volume 8: Father's Day

Girl, myself and Stelvis circa 2013

Girl, myself and Stelvis circa 2013

I often attribute my love of music to my parents (Exhibit A) as they filled our home with everything and anything from The Bee Gees to Alanis Morissette and from Crash Test Dummies to Elvis. With hundreds of CDs and thousands of tracks, it’s hard to pick a favourite. Father’s Day is right around the corner so this week I’m featuring a playlist inspired by my Dad (Stiv).

Only Love by Nana Mouskouri

If you know Stiv, you are probably aren’t surprised by this one. For as long as I can remember, my Dad has had an obsession with Nana Mouskouri. I don’t even know if he actually enjoys her music but she’s a topic of conversation at least once a week. With influences like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, Mouskouri’s songs are timeless and sweet.

Disgusteen by Teenage Head

One of the first songs I downloaded on Limewire (remember that?) was Disgusteen by Teenage Head. Stiv spent some nights at sketchy bars while this band performed and this song was my introduction to the weird punk(ish)/grunge(ish) movement of the 80s. My favourite part? The mother’s voice. It’s a bit obscure but we really get grooving to it. Teenage Head was one of my favourite bands as a teenager and my love for them is obviously what secured my place as favourite daughter-in-law with the roommate’s Dad. Sorry not sorry. If you feel like listening to something a little more light hearted try Let’s Shake.

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac

While admittedly I like the Dixie Chicks version more, I had to showcase my Father’s love for Stevie Nicks somehow. Fleetwood Mac is a band that has been featured on this series before, and for good reason. This song is rather melancholic but it’s so well done that you forget it hits you in the feels. Dad, my aunt and I went to a Stevie Nicks and Rod Stewart concert a few years back and we had high hopes for Stevie but her Wicken cape turned us off and we left loving Rod more.

You Are by Lionel Richie

A few years ago, my dad bought Lionel Richie’s Greatest Hits on a trip to Wal-Mart. He watched a televised concert at his brother’s house that sparked his memory for all the bars he danced to Lionel’s songs at and the rest is history. While this song has a bit of a slow start, it makes its way to Partyville real quick and you can’t help but to sing along.

One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer by George Thorogood

In our house growing up, this song was a classic Saturday morning pump up jam. It’s no wonder that we’ve blown 4 sets of speakers at my parent’s house. This song is a perfect marriage between storytelling and enticing instrumental accompaniment. It just sounds exciting and is one of Stiv’s faves.